Guide to Packing an “Open First” Box While Moving

Friday August 17, 2018

After a long day spent working with residential movers to bring all of the belongings into a new home, the last thing most people want to do is search dozens of boxes to find the supplies they need to get through the first night. Here’s how to pack an “open first” box to avoid this struggle.

“Open First” Box Basics

Two people carrying moving boxes

An “open first” box is simply one box (or more) packed with the essentials that are most needed when moving into a new space. By keeping the most important and time-sensitive belongings in one place, you can avoid the hassle of having to search for everything you need right after moving to your new home. In short, all of the items in the first box you open should fall into two categories: items needed to get through the night, and items needed to continue unpacking.

Items Needed to Get Through the First Night(s)

An “open first” box should contain everything needed for comfort, hygiene, and sleeping for your first night in a new space: a towel and soap for bathing; chargers and personal electronics for some well-deserved downtime; and plates, cups, and utensils for the first meal in your new home, especially if kitchen tools are being kept in storage. Finally, pack any bedroom essentials such as sheets, pillows, and blankets to get a good night’s rest after moving.

Items Needed to Continue Unpacking

The first box you open should also include any essentials needed to make the unpacking process efficient and fast. Consider including things like cleaning and sanitizing supplies, as well as practical tools such as screwdrivers, box cutters, and hammers, just in case anything in your new home needs fixing or adjusting as you continue unpacking. A first aid kit, including bandages and painkillers, can also be a life-saver in case of minor illnesses, pains, or injuries.

Enlist a Team of Professionals

When it comes to moving, being prepared is everything. The professional movers at Lee Moving & Storage, Inc. are prepared to help you move across town here in New Orleans, to a different part of the state, and, since we’re an Atlas Van Lines partner, even across the nation. We know moving can be a stressful time, but with our help, it doesn’t have to be. For more information, contact us today for a free moving quote!