First night in your new home checklist


It’s an exciting day when you move into your new home. After weeks of preparation, packing and phone calls, you finally have the keys. You may have moved across the world, across the country or even just across the road. Wherever you’ve moved from, all you will want to do on your first night is put your feet up on some boxes, order a takeaway and crack open the champagne.


We recommend packing a first night box or bag to make that first night as easy for you and your family as possible. After all, who wants to be digging through ten boxes just to find some cutlery or the toothpaste? Here’s a handy list of some items you will want to have to hand.


Important documents

  • Contracts
  • Passport/ driver’s license/ birth certificate
  • Bank details


The practical stuff

  • Bin liners
  • Toilet rolls
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Toolbox
  • Pen and paper
  • Phone chargers




Food and drink

  • Kettle
  • Tea and coffee
  • Soft drinks
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Enough bowls and plates for a day (paper bowls and plates might work well)
  • Snacks (something for your removal team!)
  • Breakfast food
  • Pet food (if needed)
  • Dinner or the takeaway menu!
  • Corkscrew
  • Champagne
  • Glasses


What you might need

  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • PJs
  • Bedding


What the kids might need

  • Change of clothes
  • Bedding
  • PJs
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Favourite toys
  • Night light
  • Entertainment (magazines, colouring or access to TV!)

Happy Moving!