Aside from food essentials, your personal items will need to be packed. Have your toothpaste and toothbrush, soap and shampoo and a brush or comb packed in your personal bag(s) along with your pajamas and next day clothing. But you’ll need more than that to get comfortable and settle in. We suggest these additional personal items to pack in your first night kit:

  • Toilet paper and paper hand towels.
  • Bath towels, washcloths.
  • Sleeping accessories such as a breathing machine or sound machine.
  • Cosmetics and other beauty items.
  • Personal electronic devices including laptops.
  • Medications including all of your and/or your family’s prescriptions.
  • Chargers for computers, phones and other electronics.
  • Important files and documents, such as school records, insurance policies, title documents, etc.

Of course, having easy access to personal items for your kiddos is key to a smooth transition. Moving can be disruptive to your family’s routine, and you’ll be thankful you packed soothing, comforting items to help with the adjustments of moving day.

  • Favorite toy or blanket.
  • Books or tablets.
  • Clothing and pajamas.
  • Diapers and bag for dirty diapers.
  • Wipes.
  • Pacifiers.
  • Bath items.
  • Stroller and carrier.
  • Breast pump and breastfeeding pillow.
  • Nighttime necessities.

Last but not least, you will need a first aid kit, complete with:

  • Pain killers.
  • Bandages and ointments.
  • Anti-itch cream.

Your pets will appreciate a few personal items too! Consider these items when packing for your pets:

  • Carrier or crate (if needed).
  • Collar or harness and leash.
  • Toys for your dog to chew on.
  • Poop bags or kitty litter box with scooper.
  • Blanket or crate pad.

When all is said and done, make sure your first night boxes are the last ones loaded on the moving truck before the doors are closed. You’ll want to be able to get to it as soon as you arrive at your new home.