First Night Packing For New Homeowners

That first night in your new house is unforgettable. Especially when you’re a first-time home buyer, nothing beats the thrill of being in your own house! The one that you own! No more landlords, no more upstairs apartment neighbors blaring music at all hours of the night.

Alas, this thrill can quickly wear off if you don’t have the bare essentials. Here’s a quick moving checklist of necessities to pack so that your first night home is memorable.


Having some routine can help you (and everyone in your new home) adjust. Don’t forget the basics!

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Any necessary medications
  • Makeup bag, shaving kit
  • Shower supplies
  • Facial wash
  • Toilet paper

If you have children, pack a favorite bedtime story (or two), any stuffed animals, and a nightlight so the first night feels a bit more familiar.


There’s a good chance you won’t have time to unpack your entire wardrobe. Plan on packing clothing for at least a few days in an overnight bag. Any work outfits, fitness clothing, or daytime clothes should be packed. Don’t forget something comfy to wear while unpacking and moving around!

Kitchen Goods

It takes time to restock your new fridge and kitchen as a whole. In the meantime, you’ll want something easy to rely on for food. Of course, celebrating your first night in your home with takeout is practically a rite of passage, but here are some more things to consider:

  • Utensils: A few plates and silverware basics are good to have on hand. Avoid plastic or paper if you can help it, but it’s OK if you can’t!
  • Cleaning: Have a kitchen bag full of paper towels, dish soap, a dish brush, and some cleaning spray.
  • Food: As tempting as some greasy pizza or Chinese food sounds, pack some fresh fruit and veggies that require little to no prep, like apples and carrot sticks, as well. You’ll feel much better and more balanced with the proper nutrition!


If you can’t set your bed up on time, invest in an air mattress to ensure you get proper sleep. Moving is exhausting—skimping on quality sleep only makes this more true. Don’t forget pillows, pillowcases, sheets, and blankets!

There’s another, often overlooked thing to pack for your first night: curtains. The window treatments on a house will be gone so your new neighbors can see inside. Even if these don’t end up being the curtains you keep, it’s good to set up a temporary solution—and installing the curtain rod takes the most time anyways, so at least you’ll have that part done.

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