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First Night Survival Kit for Movers

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Despite the best of efforts, moving to a new home often is subject to Murphy’s Law – “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Never is this old adage more at play than on a family’s first night in a new home, hungry, sweaty and too exhausted to unpack. But a little pre-planning can help assure that your first night’s stay will be a comfortable one.

McKendree Moving & Storage offers this list of first-night essentials you’ll want to pack in an easily accessible spot:

Food and kitchen supplies

  • Sandwiches, snacks or the phone number to the nearest pizza delivery
  • Bottled water (lots of it)
  • Plastic plates, cups and utensils
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Garbage bags


  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Contact lens cases and solution
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Brush and comb
  • Feminine hygiene products


  • Prescription medications
  • OTC headache or pain medications (moving can be headache inducing and taxing on your muscles)
  • First aid kit


  • Light bulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Candles and matches or lighters
  • Scissors
  • Batteries

Clothing and comfort

  • Several days’ worth of clean clothing
  • Pillows and sleeping bags or blankets
  • Battery operated alarm clock

Children’s items

  • Baby formula, food and snacks
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Favorite toys
  • Baby gates
  • Crib and carrier

Pet’s items

  • Pet food and treats
  • Food and water dishes
  • Leash
  • Collar and tags with your cell phone number
  • Pet crate and gates

If you’re planning a move to or from the Washington DC area, let McKendree Moving & Storage help. Contact us at 800-530-2626.

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