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10 Essentials to Pack in Your “Open First” Box!


When it comes to moving day, it pays off to be prepared. Say hello to the “Open First” box. As you pack, set aside a large box to fill with the essentials you’ll need that first day and night in your new place. Don’t be stuck rummaging through every box to find what you need. Read on for 10 essentials to pack in your “Open First” box.

1. Scissors

First up is scissors. Make your life easier by having a pair of scissors on hand. Not only will you need them to open up subsequent boxes, but they will also come in handy when it comes time to break down boxes.

2. Dishware

As soon as you’re done moving, you’re going to want to veg out and indulge in some comfort food. Whether you decide to feast on whatever food you’ve moved into your new fridge or order a pie from the local pizzeria, make sure you have a few plates, bowls, silverware, and cups ready to go. On this same topic, pack some snacks. The last thing you want is to get hangry while unloading.

3. Phone Charger

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but as you pack you may be tempted to throw your charger in any old box you have available. You don’t want to be stuck without a phone in the event you need to call your local utility company regarding services. Whatever you do, make sure your charger makes it into the “Open First” box.

4. Toiletries & Towels

At the end of moving day you’re likely going to want to shower before a good night’s sleep. Keep toiletries and towels readily available for you to use when needed, that way you can go to bed and wake up using your normal everyday routine.

5. Change of Clothes

The day after your move is a big day of unpacking. Bring along appropriate clothing to wear that you can easily find in your “Open First” box. And don’t forget a pair of PJs to sleep in!

6. Entertainment

While you will surely be busy unpacking the evening of the first night in your new home, you may want to just sit back, relax, and rest up for the next day of unpacking. Pack a book, magazine, your iPad, or any other form of entertainment to keep you busy during downtime.

7. Bedding & Pillows

Don’t get stuck sleeping on a bare mattress at the end of the day! Pack up any bedding and pillows that are needed for night one, making it easy to quickly make the bed, and doze off into dreamland.

8. Cleaning Supplies & Rags

No one wants to move into a dirty home. Keep the essentials close so that when you need to wipe off your counters to enjoy your first meal – you’re prepared. Clean up messes as you go (bubble wrap, boxes, etc.), lessening your load once you get settled.

9. Toilet Paper

Ok, we know what you’re thinking here. But trust us, this is something you’ll need! Pack a roll or two to have on hand once you get to your new house. You can thank us later.

10. Trash Bags

You’re bound to have some trash as you begin to unpack all of your boxes – especially all of those fragile boxes with crumpled newspaper. Grab a roll of bags and pack them in the “Open First” box. You won’t regret it!

Bonus Tip:

It goes without saying, one thing that you should bring along, either in the “Open First” box or better yet, in your hand, are the keys to your new house!

Make your moving day experience even better by packing these 10 essentials into your “Open First” box. Trust us, it will make your first days at home so much easier and leave time for awesome adventures. You can thank us later. And for all of your self storage needs, make sure to find the StorQuest Self Storage near you.


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