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What to pack for the first night in your new home

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Don’t forget to pack these essentials for the first night in your new home.

First night checklist

The first night in a new house can be stressful – you’re tired, the cleanliness of the house is questionable, half unpacked boxes are everywhere and you’re gasping for a brew.

Rather than tearing the house apart trying to find those essentials, here’s a list of things worth packing for the first night in your new abode.

The bare minimum

For your first night, basics are all you need. Set aside a box and include critical things you know you’ll need in the first 24 hours of your move:

  • bedding

  • toilet paper

  • travel washbag

  • change of clothes for the next day

  • kettle and tea/coffee

  • cereal, milk and bread/butter for the next morning

  • ready-meal or local takeaway menu

  • plastic plates/cutlery

  • first aid kit

  • pen and paper

  • phone charger

Practicality never hurt anyone

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Perhaps the basics just aren't enough, and you have a bit more space for few more things? Here's what you should pack to make your first couple of days a little more comfortable:

  • shower curtain

  • soap

  • towels

  • pain relief tablets, eg ibuprofen, paracetamol

  • plasters

For anything urgent that needs to be done around the house, here a few things that you might need just in case:

  • cleaning essentials

  • kitchen roll

  • rubber gloves

  • plastic bin bags and food bags

  • basic toolbox

  • scissors

  • washing-up liquid

  • torch

  • lightbulbs

Have your documents at hand

Perhaps these aren't the necessities you’ll need straight away, but important documents always find a way to get lost.

Keeping these close to hand means you won’t be racking your brain trying to figure out where you put your insurance or identification documents:

  • passport

  • birth certificates

  • national insurance cards

  • insurance certificates

  • a list of utility suppliers and their phone numbers

Moving tips

First night checklist - 3

There's no way around it - you'll feel exhausted by the end of your move. But by pulling a few tricks out of your sleeve you'll minimise any disruption and keep your stress levels at bay:

  • The trick is to pack like you’re on holiday. Don’t go overboard or skimp on what you need to make the first couple of days as comfortable as possible.

  • Clearly label your essentials box (or two) and put it in your car last when packing.

  • It’ll save you time if you clean as much of the house as you can before you start unpacking.

  • Make all the beds up earlier in the day – you’ll be glad when you’re ready to crash.

  • If you don’t have any furniture yet, keep a few pillows handy and you can sit on the floor to eat your first meal, Moroccan-style.

Make sure you have everything sorted before the D-day with our moving house checklist.

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