Were you going to a new location and just having to bring a few essentials with you for a few days? Perhaps you’re relocating and need to transport your belongings across state lines, or you’re packing two suitcases for a flight before meeting movers at your new place. Perhaps you’ll be camping out in your new home for a few weeks until you finish up some renovations before the rest of your belongings arrive.
Whatever the cause, how do you know which things are needed and optional during your first few nights? What do you need to bring with you to your new home, and what can you leave behind without regret? It may seem daunting to reduce the entire household’s belongings to a few essential boxes, but possible. Here are 30 things you can carry with you on your first day in your new home:
1. The Keys
Don’t laugh — we all miss the obvious from time to time, and you’ll be in serious trouble if you don’t have these.
2. A first-aid kit with the basics
A few nicks and scrapes are common when carrying large objects. Band-Aids, a thermometer, an Ace bandage, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and a few ibuprofen should all be on hand.
3. Battery chargers
For your phone, laptop, and tablet, as well as other vital electronics.
4. A battery-operated alarm clock
Bring one with you, or use an alarm clock app on your computer. It’s stressful enough to move on its own. You, too, do not want to be late for work!
5. Have a backup battery
Anything that isn’t rechargeable goes here.
6. A pillow and sheets
This is the one that everybody forgets!
7. Additional wardrobe changes
Include your socks and sleepwear.
8. Personal hygiene goods
Moving is a dirty job. Remember to carry soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, as well as deodorant, moisturizer, and clean towels and washcloths.
Another thing that is often ignored.
10. Paper supplies that are needed
Toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues are examples.
11. Cleaning basics
You’ll need glass cleaner, multisurface cleaner, dish soap, rags, and a broom and dustpan once the dust has settled.
12. A sufficient number of pots, utensils, and cups
And by “enough,” we mean enough for each person to have one meal. After all, it would help if you thanked all of your helpful movers.
13. A headlamp or flashlight
Make sure it has fresh batteries (a la Critical No.5), as well as candles and matches in case of power loss. (Matches are also useful if you have a gas stove that refuses to light.)
You’ll may spend a lot of time outside moving boxes, doing errands, and taking care of other duties.
15. Any drug you take regularly
16. Meal staples that are easy to prepare
A five-course meal on move-in day isn’t the best idea. Bring easy-to-prepare foods like pasta and sauce, cereal and milk, bread and peanut butter, canned soup, and so on.
17. Some necessary cooking utensils and gadgets
These will come in handy for those fast meals. A pot and pan, as well as a serving spoon and a can opener, should be included.
Fruit, nuts, and granola bars are ubiquitous because they don’t require refrigeration, preparation, or utensils.
If you are unable to get immediate access to a filtration facility, you’ll need bottled water.
20. Teabags or instant coffee
Who are we kidding if you need a caffeine boost in the morning? WHEN you’re in desperate need of a caffeine boost in the morning.
21.Food and dishes for pets
22. Radio as a source of entertainment
It’s time to go old school, mainly if your Wi-Fi hasn’t been set up yet, preventing you from listening to Pandora or other Internet-based music stations.
23. A small tool kit that can be taken around with you
You’d be shocked how much a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers can accomplish.
24. A pair of robust scissors
For unpacking any boxes on their way to your new home or ordering packing supplies for your new home.
Important identity cards and documents (ninety-five)
Know where to look for your driver’s license, passport, lease (if applicable), and other essential documents.
26. Important phone numbers to remember
Your lender, moving business, and financial institutions are all examples.
27.Pen and paper Create a list of all the items you’ll remember to do and all the things you’ll know you’ll need for the new location.
28.Cash, credit cards, and a checkbook are all suitable means of payment.
This still seems to come in handy, even in the most inconvenient of situations.
30. One or two personal treats
All these things will make you feel relaxed and help you fell calm.
Don’t forget the meaning of the last point. Carry a bottle of wine if you still finish the night with a glass of wine to reward yourself completely at the end of your long first day. (Remember to bring a wine opener and a wineglass.) Bring a book you’ve been waiting to read to help you fall asleep at night if you’re a voracious reader. Bring a tube of mascara if you needto feel more refreshed or polished when wearing makeup. You’ll be working hard when you first move in, so make sure to have some fun as well to make the process as smooth as possible.