Surviving Your First Night in a New Apartment

Surviving Your First Night in a New Apartment

April 22, 2014 | Apartment Hunting, Moving Tips

Spending the first night in your new apartment can be stressful, especially if you are going to live alone. It can be tough to rummage through all of your boxes to find your toiletries, food and anything else you need when moving into a new place.

[Packing Advice from the Pros]

But don’t worry—you can be prepared and have a blissful first evening in your apartment if you follow these tips:

Make a First Night Bag

You should pack all the small items you’ll need on your first night in your new apartment in a travel bag. For example, you’ll want to change into pajamas, so pack a fresh set in a duffel bag. Also, pack your toiletries, a roll of toilet paper, medication, your cellphone and charger, a couple books or magazines, and a pen and paper inside. Don’t forget to place your tablet or computer in the bag as well along with some DVDs for late-night movie watching.

Pack an “Open First” Box

Your “open first” box should include what you need to get through the evening and next morning. Start with your bedding so you have something to sleep on. Don’t forget your shower items!

Place a variety of just-in-case items inside like a mini tool kit, extra light bulbs, matches and batteries. Additionally, if you want your obligatory cup of java in the morning, store your grounds and coffee in the box as well. You can also place any larger snack items in there, like a bag of chips and dip.

[Hiring a Moving Company 101]

If you are hiring a moving company or plan on renting a truck, place your first night bag and boxes in your car. This way you’ll have easy access to them and won’t be left searching around your new place.

Pet’s First Night Box

If you have a pet, you’ll want to pack it a box as well. After​ all, it is part of the family too! If you have a cat, store its kitty litter, tray, bowls, toys and some food in this box. Label it clearly so you can find it easily. It is also a smart idea to pack a cardboard scratcher of some kind so your furry friend doesn’t ruin your furniture or the baseboards in your new pad.

[What to Consider When Moving with Pets]

For dogs, pack food, bowls, bones and other toys. Additionally, if your pet has a bed or blankets that it loves, be sure to place it inside the container as well. Lastly, don’t forget to pack any medication that your pet might need during the night.

 

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