Moving into a new home: What you need to bring with you for your first night there

Moving into a new home is exciting but stressful.
Moving into a new home is exciting but stressful. | Source

There are some things we simple cannot live without in your home. These items might include kitchen wear, food, a kettle, a coffee maker, towels or some such items. Whatever they are, the list can seem endless.

The point is that there will come a time, when trying to remember what these essential items you need are, won't be as easy to remember as you think it might be.

If you leave home to go to university, or decide to move closer to your workplace, or decide to move to a new country, you will find that trying to get a list together can either be achieved with little effort or lots of effort.

Maybe having a cup of coffee might be vital to your survival first thing in the morning, or eating a hot breakfast, or having a shower on awakening first thing.

Whatever it is you enjoy, it's important that you remember to bring those essential items required to survive a first night in your new home.

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Have a list handy that you can stick to your fridge. As you remember essential items like coffee, teabags and kettle add them to the list.
Have a list handy that you can stick to your fridge. As you remember essential items like coffee, teabags and kettle add them to the list. | Source
Anything that is non essential can be boxed up and later transported to your new place by the moving company.
Anything that is non essential can be boxed up and later transported to your new place by the moving company. | Source

Make A List of Essential Items You Need

If you're traveling to your new place, it's wise to start a list early on. Then as you remember what it is you need to bring with you that is essential and non essential, start writing it down on your list.

You don't need to bring lots of stuff with you, the majority of item like a kettle, a toaster, and a coffee maker might be items you simple cannot live without.

But there might be other non essential items that you have no problem waiting to be transported later on by the moving people.



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Kitchen Items

The first place you're probably going to try to have outfitted is the kitchen. While some places that you rent might come fully furnished, some places do not.

If you've built your own home, then it will be up to you to move all your stuff in.

However, the first night you decide to spend in your house, you might still be in the process of moving things from your other property over to this one.

So you might decide to pack the essential kitchen items in a box and then bring this with you for now.

If you're moving to another state, you might have to wait a few days for the delivery truck to arrive with your stuff so then you will need to bring with you certain items that you really need.

These things might be items like

  • a coffee maker, a kettle,
  • teabags, coffee, butter, bread,
  • cups & plates,
  • knifes, forks & spoons

While it's easy enough to purchase food in a supermarket, if you have a perfectly good kettle and coffee maker at home, your hardly going to go out and purchase another one which is an added expense to the ones you already have.

If packed correctly, you can get all of these items for your kitchen into a box that will fit in the trunk of your car.


Essential Kitchen Items

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Cutlery is one of those items every kitchen needs. You need some mugs for that cup of coffee in the morning.While the china can come later, it's important to not forget the plates You might like to have your coffee maker for the next morning.If you can't transport your coffee maker with you, you might be better off not forgetting the kettle. At least you can have instant.
Cutlery is one of those items every kitchen needs.
Cutlery is one of those items every kitchen needs. | Source
You need some mugs for that cup of coffee in the morning.
You need some mugs for that cup of coffee in the morning. | Source
While the china can come later, it's important to not forget the plates
While the china can come later, it's important to not forget the plates | Source
You might like to have your coffee maker for the next morning.
You might like to have your coffee maker for the next morning. | Source
If you can't transport your coffee maker with you, you might be better off not forgetting the kettle. At least you can have instant.
If you can't transport your coffee maker with you, you might be better off not forgetting the kettle. At least you can have instant. | Source

Checklist

Kitchen Ware
Kitchen Food
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bedroom
Misc
Pack
Purchase
Pack
Purchase
Pack
Purchase
Kettle
Tea
Facecloth
Toilet Paper
Sheets
Batteries
Coffee Maker
Milk
Hand Towel
Handwash
Pillow
Bulbs
Dishes
Sugar
Bath Towel
Toothpaste
Duvet & Cover
 
Cups
Coffee
 
Shampoo
Blankets
Pack
Knives, forks & spoons
Butter
 
Showergel
 
Stereo & Cd's
 
Bread
 
Deodorant
 
Ipod & docking station
 
Jam
 
 
 
 
 
Cereal
 
 
 
 
These are just some essential items that every room will need when you spend your first night in your new place.

Items For Your Bathroom

There are some items you will need for your bathroom.
There are some items you will need for your bathroom. | Source
Don't forget the towels, if you plan on having a shower the next morning.
Don't forget the towels, if you plan on having a shower the next morning. | Source

Essential Bathroom Items

The next room that you might require some items for is the bathroom. The first night in your new place will only require a few items, to tide you over until all the rest of your stuff comes.

You can purchase items like toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo and hand wash at a supermarket. However other items like bath towels, hand towels and face clothes, you might want to bring with you.

If it's only yourself moving in for the first night and your family later on, then you could survive with only a few of each.

As I said, later on the rest of your moving boxes will be arriving with all the stuff for the various rooms, so there's no need to pack lots of stuff.

But if your staying by yourself the first night in your new place, then you will want to have a shower the next morning, so you're going to have some towels with you.

Depending on whether or not the bathroom has a built in shower door or a shower curtain if it's connected to the bath, you might need to bring your own shower curtain if you plan on having a shower the next morning.

Essential Items For Your Bedroom

Every bed needs sheets, duvet cover and pillow cases. All the little extras can be added later.
Every bed needs sheets, duvet cover and pillow cases. All the little extras can be added later. | Source
You will need those pillows for your bed.
You will need those pillows for your bed. | Source

How To Prepare For Moving

Depending on the where you’re moving and the type of place you're moving into, there might or might not be a bed already there. If they don't have a bed, then you're going to have to either bunk on the floor till your own one arrives or get a folding bed.

If the place is furnished, then all you're going to need to bring with you is one or two pillows, a duvet and a duvet cover and some fitted sheets. If you don't want a duvet, then bring some warm blankets at least.

However, if you’re sleeping on the floor, you might want an air bed. There's nothing worse than trying to sleep on an uncomfortable floor.

Even if you're moving into a fully furnished place, they don't usually supply you with sheets, pillows or duvets.

Plus do you want to sleep on someone else's sheets. You would prefer to have your own. If it's only yourself, then you will only need one of each until the delivery people arrive with all your moving boxes.

Since it's only one or two nights that you need to pack for, it won't be too stressful.

After all the overall task of having to pack up all the stuff in your home into moving boxes can be a lot harder compared to preparing an overnight box of various items you need for the first night in your new home.

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sangre 11 months ago from Ireland Author

@raquelle149, thanks. I'm a big fan of lists!


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raquelle148 11 months ago

Great hub! I like your lists of essential things. Those things is really needed when moving.


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

hi marieloves, thanks. Oh I can emphasis with your there. :-)


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marieloves 2 years ago from Canada

Useful hub, sangre! Voted up!

I remember when moving into our new house a couple years ago, we had no garbage bags when we needed them!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, sangre,

You are a very caring person. I appreciate you very much. And expect a personalized thank you note for the following in the days ahead.

I take your following that seriously.

Kenneth


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi kenneth avery, thanks for your lovely comment. Will pop over and check out what's happening with ya then. :)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, sangre,

Loved this hub. Very informative and helpful. Voted Up and away. You are a super-talented writer, if you will overlook my usage of "super." Check your fan mail.

Now I cordially-invite you to check one or two of my hubs and follow me.

I would love that.

Sincerely,

Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

hi ChitrangadaSharan, thanks. Appreciate your comment.

It can get so stressful trying to get everything organised when moving, that I think the more organised you are in advance the less hassle it can be. Plus there's always going to be something you forget!


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Nice and useful hub!

I do make a list when shifting from one home to another and it is very important to make one, I agree.

Well done and thoughtful hub with nice pictures!


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi grand old lady, that's a super cool idea, but that's a long way in the future for ye. :) You're totally right there to in what you say.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

I think it's a great idea to make a list of things when you move. The hubbers and I are already thinking of having a retirement home. Now might be a very good time to start making a list, you can never start too soon and lists are easily altered, after all.


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

hi WiccanSage, thanks. :)

I'm a list lover myself, I have them for everything. Thanks for your feedback.


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

hi gamerjimmy23, thanks for those great additional tips. Music is very important indeed when unpacking. : )


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Hey, very well done. Nice and organized, that's how I like things. Your check lists are very useful, and very cleverly done. This is an excellent work here, thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, shared & all. Nice work!


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gamerjimmy23 2 years ago from California

Useful hub! Because moving is a physically demanding activity I would add deodorant to your bathroom "essential products" list. Also, bringing a radio that plays CDs or has a port to connect your iPod is a good idea since music contributes to the fun. ; ) ~ Voted up.

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