Packing an Open First Box When Moving

When packing for a long distance or a local move, I often procrastinate the whole process, because I’m not exactly sure where to start or what I’m going to need right away. Of course, this just creates unnecessary stress, and more stress is basically the opposite of what is needed during a move. However, there are some simple things you can do to make packing and unpacking easier. Firstly, plan on creating an “open first” or “first night” box.

After a long day of moving, unpacking everything immediately is probably not going to be on your agenda. While this is fine and completely normal, there are obviously going to be things you need. If all of these helpful items are in one place, it will make things easier on you, while also curtailing messes. Essentially, pack like you’re staying a night or two at a hotel, and then, add some extra household items on top of that.

Packing an Open First Box When MovingSome suggestions:

  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Medicine
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain
  • Flash light/Light bulbs
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Trash bags
  • Basic tools
  • Disposable plates, cups and silverware
  • Chargers for your phone, computer, etc.
  • Pen and paper
  • Kids’ essentials (blankets, etc.)
  • Pet food
  • Coffee
  • Snacks
  • Bottle openers/Corkscrew
  • Champagne (or sparkling cider)-You survived moving day!

Once your open-first box is ready to go, make sure it is clearly marked on the top and sides. You should either move the box on your own, or make sure that your movers are aware of its existence. If it is being transported by the movers, make sure it is packed last, so it will be the first off the truck.

If you have any other suggestions for a first-night box, tell us!