New Home, Now What?- Moving Tips Part 2

moving tips

Among the chaos of packing your belongings as you prepare to move into your new home, your focus is likely on getting to your destination and nothing more. Although it takes a lot of planning and determination to pack up all of your belongings as you prepare to move, there is one more task left to do that could save you a lot of time and money- pack an essentials box. 

What is An Essentials Box?

An essentials box is a box that contains all the things you need to make a smooth transition into your new home. In other words, this is your first night’s survival box for the big move-in day. 

Why Do I Need One?

The essentials box is like a safety raft for those just in case moments when you are finally all moved in, and everything is not exactly in place. Consider this box a gift to yourself when you can’t stand to lift another box or move another piece of furniture. 

What Goes into An Essentials Box?

All the essentials of course! The list includes everything from toiletries, bedding, chargers, clothes, dishes, snacks, blankets, and for those with pets, their food bowls and other items. Nothing is like being prepared than not!

  • Toiletries and Bathroom Items

 Unfortunately, homes do not come pre-stocked with the things you need. Be sure to pack a roll of toilet paper or two and other bathroom essentials to help you settle in.  Here is a list of a few things you might want to pack:

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower Curtain
  •  Basic First Aid Kit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Face Wash


  • Bedding

If your bed is not assembled or is yet to arrive, pack an inflatable mattress to save money on expensive hotel stays while you wait. If your bed is assembled and ready to go, having the linens you need on standby will allow you to spend your first night in your own bed without having to go through countless boxes to find the bedding you need for your first night. Here is a list of a few things you might want to pack:

  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Sheets
  • Extra blankets
  • Pillow


  • Electronics & Chargers

Electronics are now necessities in today’s world. Don’t forget your phone, computers, and chargers! Here is a list of a few things you might want to pack:

  • Phones and chargers
  • Laptops/ Tablets and chargers
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries


  • Clothing

Be proactive and think ahead. After your first night in your new home, you have the next day to look forward to; especially if you are starting a new job. Check the weather for the days ahead and pack accordingly. Here is a list of a few things you might want to pack:

  • Shoes
  • Work attire
  • Loungewear
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • Jackets and coats for cold weather


  • Kitchen items

It may take a few days for you to completely settle in and eating out every day for all or most of your meals can add up faster than you might think. Pack items for basic meals to help cut the cost of eating out. Here is a list of a few things you might want to pack:

  • Water
  • Easy meals such as microwavable mac & cheese bowls 
  • Snacks
  • Pot / pan
  • Dish soap
  • Disposable plates, utensils, and cups
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags


  • Pet Essentials

Our furry friends have needs for their first night in their new home too! Pack pet essentials so that they will have everything they need to adjust to their new environment. Here is a list of a few things you might want to pack:

  • Pet Food/ Treats
  • Leash
  • Pet toys
  • Bedding


With an essentials box, you will have everything you need to get through your first night in your new home. Moving does not have to be hard, and neither does owning the home of your dreams. American Dream Realty aims to simplify the complex processes of everything concerning selling and buying a home. For more information about how we can help simplify your home buying or selling experience contact an agent today!

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