During the weeks leading up to your move, you’re probably thinking a lot about what else you still need to pack, who you have to call to update your address and a million other things. One thing you don’t want to forget about is packing for your first night in your new home. Going to sleep the first night is less relaxing when you have to dig through four or five boxes to find your toothbrush. There are a few key items you and your family should keep close for an enjoyable first night in your new home.
You don’t have to keep bedding with your, but park a box specifically for first night sleeping essentials like pillows, pillowcases, and bedding. A notepad and pen will come in handy when you have a thousand thoughts running through your head. You’ll be thankful that you packed a few basic cleaning supplies like garbage bags and disinfectant wipes, especially when you start unpacking a few things, or have a snack for the kids. We’ve all felt the panic from a lost charger, so keep your phone and laptop chargers in a safe and accessible place. Arguably one of the most important items on this list, and most frequently overlooked is toilet paper. Throw a roll or two in your overnight bag and you’re all set!
Have a few accessible and easy to clean dishes on hand, especially if you have young children: reusable plastic plates, a few utensils and cups. A roll of paper towels will be useful for meals and cleanup. You most likely won’t have a fully-stocked pantry, so pack a few snacks, breakfast food, coffee, and your favourite take-out menus (if you’re relying on online menus, don’t forget to pack your phone charger).
Pack yourself pajamas and clothes for the next day, and even a spare shirt if you’re going to be doing a lot of cleaning and unpacking. Personal hygiene items: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, any necessary medications, etc.
For the Kids
This list can vary depending how old your children are. But regardless of their age, they will need pajamas, an outfit for the next day, and extra clothes. Plus if it’s a school week, make sure you keep backpacks in a safe place. When you’re moving with children, it’s important to keep them comfortable, so pack any comfort toys such as a favourite blanket, a night light, and games to keep them entertained.
For the Pets
It’s not necessary to keep all of your pet’s food with you, but put enough for a few days in a small container and keep it with water and food dishes. Your pet may even have its own bag with a leash, collar (if it’s not wearing it), and a few toys for comfort. It’s also a safe place to store any daily medications your pet requires.
In a secure folder, keep your closing documents and any other important paperwork you need with you, passports, birth certificates, and any other identifications you don’t carry in your wallet.
For the Celebration
This is a milestone in your family’s life; you’re closing one door and opening another...literally. So make sure you take some time to celebrate this time. Bring along something bubbly; champagne for the adults, and some fun flavoured soda water for the kids, and some glasses to clink together. Enjoy your first night in your new home!