Pack A ‘First Night’ Box To Make Moving Easier

Pack A ‘First Night’ Box To Make Moving Easier

Moving houses (or apartments) is exhausting. Make your life easier on the first night in your new place by packing a separate box of essential items.

Photo by Beth Kanter

Packing and moving is tiring enough — you don’t want to spend your first day looking through your “kitchen stuff” box for plates and mugs, or your “clothes” box for the right thing to wear to work. Lifehack’s suggestion of the first-night box is the stress-free solution:

Most people don’t think to do this, and end up rummaging through several boxes on moving day to get their pajamas or the coffee maker. Pack yourself a “first night” box with all your toiletries, some clothes, and anything you’ll need the following morning such as dishes and silverware or your hair-dryer.

The full post has other smart tips for packing and moving as well.

20 Smart Tips To Make Moving a Breeze [Lifehack]


  • First pack and move things you won’t need in the first week. Pack what you need last, move it last then it’s first to get unpacked.

    Then you can unpack the things you don’t really need over the next week or two.

    I move roughly once every 18-24 months and it’s a breeze.

    • ah, so im not the only frequent mover,
      I keep on the move rather frequently too and as a result i’v gotten moving house down to a flawless art form.
      Because of this i always have a ‘go bag’ ready which has all the essentials to generally get me through a few days (towel, clothes, toothbrush etc..)
      I found with moving frequently (works good with a house / acreage) its alot cheaper and easier to buy a small shipping container for a few hundred and just throw it on a tow truck which they can just dump the container at the new house to give you all the time in the world to unpack it at your own pace (thats what i did for my mums house)
      Since i live in an apartment, iv unpacked everything in a particular way i can move my entire apartment out within 2 hours (plastic tubs under beds, cubed call storage etc…)

  • Said box should also include a pair of scissors or a knife for more easily opening all of your other boxes.

  • ‘@cesario I think that’s where the self storage industry really makes its money really! With moving and removals, it’s become very integrated to have a place to dump your things temporarily while you settle the nitty gritty of getting the house into shape before shipping everything back in. I personally move quite a bit myself, but I’m thinking that I may want to buy soon so I don’t have to worry about things moving all over the place anymore!

  • I totally agree! Keeping everything in pods or away in self storage is a recipe for disaster! You want to make sure that you have the bare necessities at the very least!

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