Moving from one house to another will require a lot of time, work, and preparation, and once it's done you will feel a huge sense of relief. You may want to consider hiring a moving company to make this task easier on you and your family, and you may want to take the time to plan for your first night in your new house. There are numerous things you will need to have handy on your first night, but there are things you might not think to pack for this. Here are some tips to help you have exactly what you will need on your first night in your new home.  

The Essentials

When you go on a trip, you probably pack a carry-on bag to have with you at all times. This bag contains all the essentials you will need as you travel, and it will come in really handy during the ride on the plane or in the car. When you move, you should do the same thing as a way of preparing for your first night in your new home, and you should have each family member pack a carry-on bag. To do this, each person should pack the following items:

  • A pair of pajamas
  • A pair of clothes for the next day
  • Phone chargers
  • Pillow and blanket

If each person packs these items, you will not have to dig for them when you arrive at your new house. This will give you more time to enjoy your family, and it will offer less stress on your first night.

Bathroom Supplies

In addition to having the right clothes and bedding, you will also need to plan for your bathroom necessities. Here are some of the most important bathroom supplies you will need to pack for your first night:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower curtain, shower rod, and shower curtain hangers
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Toilet paper

Without these items, no one in your house will be able to take a shower, or do any of the other common tasks people use bathrooms for.

Cleaning Supplies

If you did not have time to thoroughly clean your new house before you moved in, you may want to plan for this before you move, especially if you have a fear of germs. To do so, you can pack a small tub to bring with you, and it should include:

  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Paper towels and a multi-purpose cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet brush
  • Garbage bags

These few items will come in very handy on your first night in your new home. You can quickly pull the items out and clean the countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, and you can also scrub and wipe the toilets. This may help you feel safer in your new place until you have time to really clean the entire house.

Pet Supplies

If you have a dog or cat, you will also need to pack a small bag or box for it. For a cat, you may need to bring along a litter box and litter. For a dog, you may want to pack a leash or harness. You will also need to make sure you have the pet food handy, as well as a dish to use for water.

A First-Aid Kit

Even if you hire a moving company to handle the move, you and your family members will still be busy lifting and moving things. During these tasks, someone might end up with a cut or scrape, and you will need a first-aid kit just in case this happens.

You could purchase a first-aid kit from a store, or you could make your own. The most important things to place in it are bandages, gauze, and antibacterial ointment.


You may also want to bring some games or activities for the first night, especially if you do not have time to hook up your TV and cable. You could bring a few board games or card games to play, and you could sit down together as a family and enjoy a few hours of fun. This is a great way to make a memorable first night in your home.

During a move, it can be hard to think of everything, especially your first night in the house. With these tips, you can make your first night less stressful, because you will have everything you need to make it through the night and the first morning.

If you are feeling overwhelmed about your upcoming move, make sure you talk to your moving company. They might be able to offer more services for you that will help you out, and they could also give you packing tips and a timeline to help you plan your move effectively.