In our second instalment of Panda’s Paws for Thought we are going to tackle something that many people often end up kicking themselves for not remembering to do – packing a well-equipped ‘first night survival kit’ for the first night in their new home.
What is the most important thing to remember about your first night survival kit?
Your first night survival kit should be loaded last, or it should travel with you. The point of the survival kit is to have what you need where you can easily get to it.
Cleaning and maintenance items
Before unpacking your boxes, you are going to want to do some basic cleaning. Your survival kit should include rags, bleach and cleaners (which can’t travel in the moving van), soap, gloves and trash bags. This should be enough to give your new home a decent cleaning.
It’s also a good idea to bring some toolbox standards like a hammer, screwdriver, pliers and a drill to do any immediate household repairs and hang mirrors and pictures.
Don’t assume that there will be working light fixtures in every room (even if the electricity is on). Come prepared with light bulbs and flashlights.
Getting a perfect night’s sleep
Next, make sure that your bed is 100% ready to be used. If your place is already furnished properly, then there should be a bed, or beds to be exact, awaiting your arrival. In that case, unpack the bedding and make your bed as soon as you can to know you have something to look forward to if it’s still too early for bed.
If your new home doesn’t come completely furnished, then set aside tome to re-assemble your old bed or have a professional do it for you. Once you’re ready with that, it’s time to turn your attention to the bathroom as a refreshing shower will surely be high on your priority list. Muster your last ounces of energy to arrange your toiletries, hang the shower curtain, stack up toilet paper, and finally prepare the towels and bathrobe.
To have a comfortable first night in your new home you will want convenient access to your important everyday items.
These items can include:
Mobile phone and charger
A good book or your music player
Meals and snacks
You will likely eat out for your first few meals, and it may be a while before you can unpack your dishes, so make sure you have plates, cups and utensils to eat and drink with.
Pack portable, high-protein snacks and lots of water. Granola bars, crisps, nuts, bananas and apples are the sort of things you’ll appreciate having on hand.