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First Night Survival Kit for Movers

August 27, 2018

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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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