Moving without a Day of the Move Box or First Day box, is like trying to get a job without a cellphone. It’s possible, but very problematic!
At Two Men and a Truck® we try to make the moving experience go much smoother and easier for you. We put together a list of 30 essential items that you would most probably need on your first day after you move in to your new place. It might be too much for some of us, and you don’t have to have to have all these items. However, we know a thing or two about moving and we highly recommend to gather these things ahead of time. It’s like wrapping your furniture into blankets and stretch wrap when moving – it just makes more sense!
Here is the list:
- Keys. No joke this item is #1 because it’s too obvious, but often missed.
- Basic first-aid kit. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a couple of sizes of bandages, thermometer, antiseptic wipes, and ibuprophen. Simple travel kits can be found at your local drug store.
- Charges. This way all your devices are full of juice and ready to go.
- Alarm clock. We recommend to have a portable one, just in case your electricity is not on yet.
- Flashlight/matches/lamp. Lighting is important not only for portraits of your family on the beach, but also the first day at a new unknown house.
- Spare batteries. Some devices don’t operate with a charger, so be prepared.
- Sheets, pillows, blankets. You will be super tired after moving. And who wants to dig through the boxes in hopes of finding clean sheets?
- Towels. Moving is a dirty job! You’ll need these. Don’t forget kitchen towels as well.
- Bathroom supplies. Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush… whatever you need can be found at any grocery store in travel sizes.
- Basic cleaning supplies. Who knows how clean your new place is? Pack an all-purpose cleaning spray, antibacterial wipes, a sponge.
- One-time-use kitchen supplies. Grab some paper plates, plastic cups, and utensils you won’t have to wash. Late dinner after move will be much more enjoyable. We bet you have some left from the last time you had a BBQ at your house or a kids party.
- Garbage bags. This is for the kitchen category.
- Toilet paper/paper towels. This probably should have been #2 on the list if we were prioritizing.
- Medicine. As professional movers, we will not pack prescription medicine into the boxes that go on the truck. You can also add this to your first-aid kit.
- Sunblock. Moving to Florida, you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day! Don’t forget it.
- Snacks and beverages. Running all day, packing, carrying boxes will make you hungry, so pack some protein bars, nuts, a couple of water bottles and those convenient powder packs with vitamin C.
- Coffee/tea bags and a coffee maker. How nice would it be to get your cup of Joe in the morning after you wake up at your new house?
- Pet supplies/pet food. Don’t forget your other family members, your pets. The move can be stressful for them, so check out more tips here on Moving with Pets.
- Radio/portable speaker. Music makes things go along faster and uplifts your spirits.
- Small tool kit. You would be amazed how much you can do with a simple screwdriver, a hammer and a pair of pliers. Grab it just in case with some nails.
- IDs/records/valuable things. You will need your ID available regardless (especially if you are moving to a military base). Medical records and your grandma’s golden earrings won’t be lost among other stuff in the boxes.
- Writing supplies. Pack a small notepad and a pen just in case you need to start your new place shopping list; a marker to write what’s in the boxes you are packing.
- Duct tape. Besides being an important packing element, you can also fix things quickly with duct tape. Not as a long-term plan, of course.
- Clothes pins/clamps. Helpful in many situations, clamps, depending on the size, can hold a lot of weight.
- Razors/shaver. If you have to go to work the next morning, you won’t need to ravage through the box that marked “bathroom” in the middle of the night.
- Hair dryer. Again, for working folks with long hair, this just makes like easier and help you look presentable.
- Extra clothes. You really don’t want to be fr several days in the same clothes! Try rolling up your whole outfit including socks and undergarments into one tight roll to save space in tour First Day box.
- Shower curtain. Taking a shower with a curtain saves trouble of a bathroom flood, unless your shower is a standing one with a glass enclosure that came straight out of HGTV lookbook.
- Scented candle. This small, but important item can make you feel like home almost immediately.
- Personal comfort item. The same goes to this last item on the list. It can be anything from a cute family photograph, or decorative knick knacks that can relieve stress and make you feel more like at home in your new apartment or house.
For help with moving, contact your local Two Men and a Truck®.