Open-First Moving Day Box

Depending on how far away your upcoming move will take you, it’s a good idea to consider packing an open-first box. Even if you’re only relocating to a new home a few towns away, an open-first box can make the transition that much smoother. Simply put, an open-first box is a single space to store all the essentials you will need to start making your new house a home. This is especially true if your move crosses multiple states and you’re already anticipating being without your belongings for an extended period of time.

So, what should you pack for your optimal open-first box? We have a few suggestions…

Suggested Items to Store in Your Open-First Box

Before you start scrounging for whatever essentials you think you’ll need, be sure to stash your open-first box somewhere you can easily access it, where it will not be mistaken for just another moving box and loaded up with the rest. The goal is to be able to easily open the box, adding or removing essentials as you evaluate them. Your open-first box is the last box to pack into your vehicle. This is so that you can reach into it first when you arrive at your new destination.

We suggest moving methodically from one room to the next, taking stock with each step those items you use every day. So, when you pack your bathroom, leave aside those items you can envision needing this evening and tomorrow morning. Toiletries and medications should be stored in your open-first box, eliminating the need to unnecessarily replace items like your toothbrush. Word to the wise, stash a roll or two of toilet paper in your box, along with a shower curtain and towels.

Moving onto your bedroom, think like a kid going to a sleepover… or maybe an extended sleep-away camp. What will you need to sleep comfortably at your new residence while you wait for your bedroom furniture to be delivered and reassembled? How about an air mattress? What about a small night light?

Of course, before you turn in, you’ll want to have dinner. Don’t just assume that takeout will cut it — you’ll need paper goods, disposable utensils, beverages, and, unless you feel like running out to satisfy every caffeine craving, keep your coffee pot close by.

Other open-first box items that will come in handy include a first aid kit, small tools, and cleaning supplies (paper towels and trash bags are always needed), along with hand soap, and any pet essentials to keep your furry friends happy as they acclimate to their new home.

Keep in mind, depending on the number of people in your household, you can have more than one open-first box. Take stock of what you and your family truly need on a daily basis and keep those items at the ready. Doing so will make relocating less of a hassle and have you feeling right at home in no time.

Three Ways to Prepare for Moving in Winter

Moving is never easy, but adding snow and ice definitely turns your move into a real challenge. From loading and...
Read More

5 Tips for Moving Into a Smaller Home

Whether you’re an empty-nester, looking to save money on housing, or just hoping to minimize your life a little, the...
Read More

4 Things that shouldn’t go on a moving truck

When it comes to professional moving services, there aren’t a lot of things that a professional moving company won’t move....
Read More

5 things to do right after you move

Welcome home! We know you’re excited about moving into your new home and settling into your space. That’s why we’ve...
Read More

5 of the best craft breweries to visit in New Hampshire

If you’re into craft beers, then you may know that New Hampshire is a hot spot for great breweries where...
Read More

6 Tips for a successful yard sale/garage sale

If you’re moving soon, you’re likely considering offloading a few things by hosting a yard sale. In order to sell...
Read More

Should You Move in the Springtime?

After a long winter, spring has much to recommend it. Most of us are already feeling stir crazy and eager...
Read More

How Should I Pack the Junk Drawer?

Moving might not seem like that much of a hassle, until you get into the minutia. What do we mean...
Read More

What Should I Wear for My Move?

Sounds like a silly question, but it isn’t.  Failure to plan your fashion choices for moving day is a real...
Read More

5 Common Mistakes Made When Moving

When it comes time to move, it’s easy to overlook a few key points that may make your move smoother...
Read More
Want updates like this delivered straight to your inbox?
Subscribe to our blog to receive moving tips, the latest and greatest around NH, and more. We don't share your email address with anyone and you can unsubscribe at any time.