Pack an “Open Me First” Box
Even with the greatest planning – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household
can be very chaotic. People and boxes and vehicles and this and that and the other are always coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s hard to keep everything on track! … Which is why, when you (and your family?) have made it to your new home and all the unopened boxes are strewn around with all your stuff still in ’em, you’ll need something ready at hand to help you through your first night.
The correct “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. Of course, that’s where good planning comes in. If you’ve given it some consideration, you’ll have crammed your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and anything else that helps you stay fresh, hygienic, and looking good
- towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
- Kitchen/Meal Essentials
- Various non-perishable foods, should your fridge or freezer not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and other such items
- Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you’d rather order out than cook, you’ll undoubtedly want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!)
- Personal Items
- Enough clothes for a day or two (Keep it simple … unless you you’ll be attending a Grand Ball your first night in!)
- Cell phone and other chargers
- Board Games
- Books and magazines
- (Your TV and entertainment system probably won’t be connected already, so you can forget bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been hoping for a few minutes to finish reading that new novel, anyway. And if you’ve got kids, the cards or board games should keep them well enough entertained. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
- First Aid and Medications
- There are all kinds of compact, inexpensive but properly stocked first aid kits on the market. Get one!
- Don’t forget to take along any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be wise too.
Keep in mind: the better you plan and the earlier you do it, the smoother your move will go. And the better your first night will be in your new home.