How to Pack a First Night Bag

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General Moving

As you prepare to move, it can be easy to get caught up in all the packing.  Making sure everything is securely in boxes or properly organized for when your movers arrive to pack your home should be a priority.  But there is one important step that can be overlooked in the packing process.  Most people will not be able to get all of their boxes and suitcases unpacked in the first night, or even in the first week.  Because of this, it is important to set a few essential items for your first night in your new home.  If you have remembered a first night bag, you will not be stuck rummaging through all your boxes trying to find important items.

If you have a short distance move, you probably will not need to pack too many items.  Pajamas, a tooth brush and toothpaste, and toilet paper will all come in handy when you are ready to hit the hay.  You may want to set aside an extra shirt or clothes in case something spills or you don’t want to find an outfit the next morning when you wake up in your new home.  Other important household essentials include sheets for the bed you’ll be sleeping in and a set of towels.  You should make your bed soon after arriving.  You will be exhausted at the end of moving day and the last thing you’ll want to do is make your bed.  You also will probably want to shower before going to sleep.  Between cleaning your home and moving boxes you might feel a little grimy.  A quick shower will leave you feeling like new and ready for a good night sleep.

When moving, you typically just want to get to your new place as fast as you can.  But once you’re there, you will want to do a little cleaning before unloading all of your belongings.  While you can make a pit stop on your way to your new home, if you’re looking to save some money, you can hold onto some essential cleaning products from your old home.  While you shouldn’t put these items in a moving van, and you may not want them in the same bag as your overnight essentials, a small box should easily hold some cleaning products and a roll of paper towels.  These will same you some money and a trip to the store when you want to start cleaning.

You also may want to keep some tools on hand.  There might be some furniture you need to assemble or some pictures to hang, so keeping a small toolkit close to you that is easy to get at will be helpful on move in day.  Some other items, like a flashlight, light bulbs, and batteries will save you a trip to the store and give you some light as the sun goes down.

If you have children or pets, you will want to pack a little something for them too.  Diapers and formula, an extra pair of clothes, and some toys or books will be important for your little one.  If you have older children, they may want to have access to electronics and chargers once they arrive at their new home.  Toys, some food, water and food bowls, and a carrier or crate will be important for your furry family member to have on night one.

Moving day is long so you will want to have some food and snacks on hand for you, your children, and maybe even your movers.  Some cold water or other beverages will keep you hydrated, especially if you are moving on a warm day.  It can also be beneficial to keep some paper or plastic utensils, plates, and napkins in your overnight bag on moving day.  Whether it’s a snack break or ordering in some dinner, you will not have to dig around for the plates or glasses in order to eat.

Now that you have all your essentials packed and ready to go, you won’t have to worry about getting all your unpacking done on moving day.  You can go at your own pace, knowing that if you need to take a snack break or need to get some shuteye that you have what you need to recharge and start fresh in the morning.

 

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