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Packing and Moving Essentials: 15 Ways to Save Your Sanity on the First Night at Home

Posted on July 27, 2017

Moving EssentialsWhether you’re downsizing to a smaller home across town or relocating across state lines, packing all your household possessions can seem overwhelming. Before you start packing things up, take note of these fifteen moving essentials you’ll want to have on hand the first few days in your new home to help you unpack and get settled with ease.

Pack a Moving Essentials Bag or Clear Bin

Pack up an overnight bag or clear plastic bin with all your necessities. Chances are, by the time you get to your new home, you’re going to be too tired to unpack everything just to find your toothbrush buried at the bottom of your unlabeled box. Trust us, you’re going to want all your essentials within reach, here are 15 moving essentials to set aside now to make your transition as smooth as possible.

1. Important New Home Essentials

Set aside your new home keys, garage codes and important contact information for your utility company, lender, moving company and financial institutions.

2. Unboxing Essentials

For opening any boxes or new supplies you’ve purchased for the new home, pack a small tool kit including a box cutter, hammer, screwdriver, pliers and a pair of scissors. And remember the duct tape. Yes, we know you’re unpacking, but duct tape seems to come in handy, even at the most unexpected moments.

3. First Aid Kit

Accidents happen. Be ready with a basic first-aid kit that includes band-aids, a thermometer, ace bandage, antiseptic wipes, ibuprofen and tweezers.

4. Cords

Remember the chargers for all your electronics and an extension cord for those lights that may not reach.

5. Linens

Grab a set of sheets, pillow and a blanket for a cozy first night’s sleep. And don’t forget towels and washcloths for that shower before you pass out for the night.

6. Clean Clothes

Include a clean set of clothes, underwear and pajamas.

7. Toiletries

Moving is a tough job; pack up a bar of soap, toothbrush/toothpaste and deodorant for cleaning up. Need a shower curtain? You may want to pack this as well.

8. Toilet Paper

Moving essentials most definitely include toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. Trust us, you won’t want to be left without those supplies.

9. All-Purpose Cleaner

Before you start opening boxes, you’ll need an all-purpose cleaner to clean out the kitchen cabinets and bathroom. Remember to also pack plenty of trash bags.

10. Kitchen Necessities

Pack enough eating utensils, paper plates and cups for each person, even if you plan to order out. Pack plenty of water bottles and quick snacks that don’t require refrigeration or preparation.

11. Coffee

Because if you need that morning caffeine fix, rather when you need it, instant coffee can do the trick.

12. Lighting

Just in case the power goes out (or doesn’t turn on), have a flashlight handy. Headlamps work well, too.

13. Medication

Set aside your daily medication so you don’t skip any days.

14. Cash

Whether it’s for take-out or a quick trip to the market, keep some cash on hand.

15. Reward

The first night in your new home is an exciting one, reward yourself with a celebratory glass of wine (remember the bottle opener) or pick up a pint of ice cream at your local market. Allow yourself a bit of a treat to help ease the stress of moving and start feeling at home!

Tiger Moving & Storage NJ

Want more great tips on moving essentials? Our team is ready to help your move be as stress-free as possible. At Tiger, our trained experts will pack your entire household with the highest quality packing materials and move everything with state-of-the-art equipment.  Give us a call at 973-227-5250 or email info@movenewjersey.com to get a free estimate and book your moving date today!