Get Ready for Your First Night in Your New Home06/23/2017Pack an “Open Me First” Box No matter how well you planned – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household can be uncommonly chaotic. People and boxes and vehicles and this and that and the other are always coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s hard to keep track of it all! … Which is why, when you (and your family?) have made it to your new home and all the unopened boxes are sitting around with all your stuff still in ’em, you’ll need something handy to help you through your first night. The right “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. But that perfectly showcases the necessity of intelligent planning. If you’ve given it some reflection, you’ll have crammed your first-night “Open Me First” box with … Toiletries Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and [[whatever else helps you maintain your hygiene and appearance towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference) Kitchen/Meal Essentials A few non-perishable foods, as your fridge or freezer may not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and so forth Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you decide not to cook but to order out, you’ll probably want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!) Personal Items A day or two’s worth of clothes (Keep it simple … unless you plan on attending a Grand Ball your first night in!) Cell phone and other chargers Entertainment Cards Board Games Books and magazines (Your TV and entertainment system may not be connected yet, so you can skip bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been looking for a few minutes to finish reading that new novel, anyway. And if you’ve got kids, the cards or board games should keep them well enough engaged. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!) First Aid and Medications There are lots of compact, inexpensive but properly stocked first aid kits you can get. Get one! You’ll also want to bring along any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be wise as well. Take heed: the better you plan and the sooner you do it, the smoother your move will go. And the better your first night will be in your new home.