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First-Night Box Ultimate Checklist

The days leading up to a household move are hectic, and it’s easy to forget a few essential details. So to ensure your first night is calm and organized, put together a “first-night” moving box. Depending on how many people live in your house, a first-night moving box could be anything from one carton to several. 

Here are suggestions for a first-night box ultimate checklist – take a look at this list and determine what you should pack to meet your needs.

Personal Items

As you pull together your box of items, pack at least two sets of clothing for each household member, pajamas, personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, and any vital medications. Anything you’d probably take on a weekend trip is an excellent item to toss in your first night box.

Cleaning Supplies

Even if your new house, condo, or apartment looks spotless, you’ll still want to do some light and maybe a deep clean of specific areas of your new home. To do any cleaning you need, pack paper towels, disinfectant solution, wipes, window cleaner, gloves, cleaning rags, a mop, a broom, and a dustpan.


Plan to bring any phones, tablets, and chargers you need. If you have household members who want headphones, laptops, or other digital essentials, pack these, too, so you aren’t rummaging through moving boxes upon arrival.

Bathroom Must-Haves

Be sure to pack necessities such as toilet paper, soap, shampoos, conditioners, towels, and washcloths. Items often overlooked are shower liners, hooks, and a bath mat. 

Kitchen Necessities

People often order takeout on their first night, but even if this is your plan, there are probably some additional items you’ll need.

  • Drinkware and coffee mugs
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Dishes, bowls, and utensils
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Dish detergent and dishwasher tablets
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Breakfast items for each household member

By having these items on hand, you’ll prevent those late-night hunger pangs and make sure everyone starts the day with something to eat, energizing for the busy day ahead.

Bedroom Essentials

Ideally, you want to start your new life with a great night’s sleep. To ensure this happens, remember to pack bedding your household needs.

  • Fresh sheets
  • Seasonal appropriate blankets
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • CPAP, white noise machine, or other personalized sleep aids

If you have children, remember to bring any special blankets or toys they usually sleep with – not only will they be more apt to sleep, they’ll feel less anxious by having their essential sleep items with them in a new place.

Ready to Plan Your Move?

Packing for a move involves a lot of planning, and the first 24 hours are undoubtedly hectic. To reduce stress and keep things organized, clearly label your first-night boxes so they can either come in the car with you or be the last on and the first off the moving truck. Then, your mover can accommodate you with your first-night necessities.

Contact us to obtain a free quote or learn more about additional services we offer, such as packing and unpacking. In addition, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about the moving process.