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Moving Tips Essential Checklist: Things You Need When Moving to a New Place

Updated on August 28, 2021
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When you move into a new home or apartment, you are going to need to stock up on the bare essential on the first night of your arrival. Those items that you will need will be for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and other essential items.

If you returning home after college, moving jobs or it are your first time getting a new place, then having a list or an itinerary will make things run a lot more smoothly.

If you can't focus in the morning without a cup of coffee or you love a hot shower upon awakening, then you are going to need to have these items on hand the first time you sleep at a new place.

If that's the case, then you are going to need to ensure that you bring these items in your overnight bag to your new place.

List of essential things that you need for moving into your new home.
List of essential things that you need for moving into your new home. | Source

1. Make a Checklist

The first thing you do before packing is write a list of essential items that your new place needs. Then as you pack up, tick off the list the items you already have.

If you need to replace or buy new items, then make a note of these on the list by prioritizing them as essential or non-essential.

These will make it easier to determine which items should be purchased first.

Checklist of Things You Need When Moving Into a New Place

Kitchen Ware
Kitchen Food
Toilet Paper
Coffee Maker
Hand Towel
Bath Towels
Duvet & Cover
First Aid Kit
Bath Mat
Cleaning Products
Knives, forks & spoons
Shower Curtain
Pillow cases
Folding Bed/ Blow-up Bed
Oven mitt
Shower Mat
Can opener

These are just some essential items that every room will need when spending your first few night in your new place.

2. Bedroom Items You Need in Your New Home

This is a list of items you will have to transport with you for the first night you sleep in your new place.


  • Sheets
  • Pillow cases
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Duvet
  • Folding bed or blowup bed

3. Kitchen Items You Need in Your New Home

Most new places don't come with a furnished kitchen, if you don't want to be eating out of paper plates for the first few nights, then you are going to need to have the following items on hand.


  • Cups and plates
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Kettle
  • Coffee maker
  • Tea towels
  • Toaster

4. Bathroom Items You Need in Your New Home

The first night you arrive in your new home, there will be some essential things that you will not be able to survive without in your bathroom.


  • Bath towels
  • Bath mat
  • Shower mat
  • Face cloths
  • Shower curtain

5. Food Items You Need in Your New Home

You cannot survive on takeaway. So you are going to need to buy the key essential that every cupboard should have.


  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Tea
  • Coffee

When moving house, it can be nice to leave teabags,coffee, biscuits and milk for the new incoming tenants.

Moving to Your New Apartment

Leaving your current place and buying or renting a new place, then here are a few tips to follow to make your move as seamless as possible. The more organized you are now the less hassle you will have unpacking on arrival at your new place.

  1. Create as index list for each room
  2. Organize boxes according to each rooms
  3. Write out on each box what room it relates to
  4. Have one box with all the first night essentials you will need for your new place

Some essential kitchen equipment you will need will be a kettle, a coffee maker, a toaster, cups, cutlery, and plates.

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Moving From Your Old Home to a New Home

If you're moving from one city to another, or just the next town over, you might have to wait a day for you stuff to arrive.

If that's the case, then you are going to need to bring some essential items with you for the next day. .

This box should include mug plate, cutlery, towels, sheets, toiletry, and a change of clothes and food for your cupboard.

Make sure you pack everything securely in your car so it doesn't get damaged.

The essential items that you need in your kitchen are cups, plates, cutlery, a kettle and a coffee maker.
The essential items that you need in your kitchen are cups, plates, cutlery, a kettle and a coffee maker. | Source

Unpacking Your Kitchen Items

When you arrive at your new place, you need to do the following things.

  • Unpack the box containing the stuff for each room.
  • Set up your coffee maker, toaster and the kettle on the counter.
  • Wash out all the kitchen cupboards and place your dishes and cups in them.
  • Put in your utensil holder and fill it up with your knives, forks and spoon in here for the time being.

If you're moving to a new town or city, then you might decide to pack the essential kitchen items you will need for a night or two into a box and then bring it with you in your car to your new place.

Tips: How to Get Your Deposit Back

If you get an apartment fully furnished with dishes and utensils, then you might consider putting these in a spare drawer in the kitchen or the utility room. Some landlords can factor in the condition of utensils when they start looking for ways to refuse you your deposit back.

Essential Bathroom Items

The next room you need to set up is the bathroom. The first night there will only require a few items while you wait for the rest of your stuff to be delivered.

You can purchase a lot of the items that you need from your local grocery store or bring them with you from your previous place

Items you can purchase/ bring:

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Hand wash
  • Shower gel

If you're travelling by plane, it might be cheaper to buy your bathroom supplies when you arrive at your location, especially if your moving company isn't arriving for a day or two.

If you are travelling by car, you might decide to bring some necessary items you need like bath towels, hand towels, face clothes, shower curtain and a shower mat bat so you can freshen up when you arrive.

You can purchase a toilet brush, a bathroom bin, and window blinds once you're settled in.

Organizing Your Bedroom

The essential items you need in your bedroom is pillows, sheets, blankets and duvet.
The essential items you need in your bedroom is pillows, sheets, blankets and duvet. | Source

Organizing Your Bedroom in Your New Place

If you have to purchase a new bed for your place, you might have to wait a week for it to arrive. The only option then is to either sleep on the floor, buy a folding bed or invest in a blow-up bed to sleep in till your new bed get delivered.

You're going to need:

  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Pillow cases
  • Blankets
  • Duvet
  • Duvet cover
  • Bedspread

If you’re sleeping on the floor, you might want a camping mat as most wooden floors are extremely hard.

It's better to be prepared and have the essential items you know you are going to need with you.

While most moving companies usually deliver within the time-frame outlined, if something goes wrong and you have to wait a few extra days, its better that you are prepared.

© 2014 Sandra Greaney


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