First Night Move-in Checklist

Moving in your new home is no doubt exciting but it would be rough as well. There will be no cooked food on the dining table and no made beds. You have to do everything yourself and that too after a long tiring journey. Thus, the experts always advise preparing a first night move in checklist beforehand so that you can meet your basic needs as you reach your new home. Your checklist should include the basic meal and bedding supplies as well as cleaning stuff and toiletries moving services.

Here are a few tips on what to have on your first-night move-in checklist.

Meal supplies

You cannot start cooking the moment you land up in your new home. Moreover, you would be too tired to order food. In fact, if you reach late night, you will hardly find any eatery open at that hour. Thus, make sure to pack your food kit with portable, protein-rich snacks. Some good options would be beef jerky, nuts, granola bars, trail mix and fruits like apple and bananas. Also, pack in gallons of water. You need to sip in frequently to stay hydrated. Moving is physically exhaustive and will leave you dehydrated if you are not careful to get right with your fluid dose.

Don’t forget to include disposable plates, spoons, cups and glasses in the list.

Cleaning supplies

No matter how tired you are, you have to do a little bit of cleaning once you set your feet in the new home. You must at least clean up the dining area, bedroom, and bathroom. Thus, make sure to include these items in your first-night move-in cleaning stuff checklist-

  • Bleach & cleaners
  • Rags
  • Gloves
  • Soap
  • Trash bags

Remember you should not send bleach agents in the moving truck.

Toolbox checklist

You have to get a mini basic toolbox kit for the first night in your new home. What if you have to hang your mirror? What if you have to assemble your bed? The toolbox kit for first night move-in will include-

  • Screwdriver
  • Nails
  • hammer
  • Pliers
  • Drill

Emergency electronic items

You might not have light fixtures for every room in your new home. Even if the property had inhabitants previously- it’s quite likely that they will take out their electronic fixtures before moving out. Thus, make sure to include these items in your first-night move-in checklist-

  • Flashlight
  • 3-4 bulbs


You are not going to sleep in the same cloth that you will wear for the entire journey. So, make sure to pack in some extra set of clothes and sandals in your first night move in checklist


No first-night move-in checklist is complete without the basic toiletries. Don’t forget your towel and bathroom slippers. The other things to pack in are-

  • Soap
  • Handwash
  • Facewash
  • Toilet paper

And yes, you should also count-in your first aid kit into your first-night move-in checklist.

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