Moving Tips – How to Pack for Your First Night in a New Home

Imagine this: cardboard boxes, that fresh, new smell and family photos carefully wrapped and ready to hang. Moving into a new home is exciting. To make the most out of the first night in a new place, prepare in advance. Start making memories from day one, instead of being overwhelmed.

Verde Ranch Estates is here to provide essential moving tips for homeowners and residents. We breakdown some key items you will need for your first night in your brand-new home.

Overnight bag

While some items may still be packed away in boxes or still in the moving truck, pack an overnight bag with essential items good for one to two nights. Bringing an overnight bag will

relieve any stressors of having to dig through unlabeled boxes and give you more time to appreciate your new home. Consider packing some of these items:

  • Clean clothes and pajamas
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Phone and laptop chargers
  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash
  • Medications

Cleaning supplies and household essentials

Homes at Verde Ranch Estates are new and move-in ready, but bringing your own set of cleaning supplies is always helpful. Unboxing and unpacking can get messy very quickly. Also, save yourself from having to rush to the store by bringing all the household essentials you’ll need right away – like a bath towel and a few rolls of toilet paper. (Pro tip: pack them in a laundry hamper, instead of a box. This way, it’s easy to find and dual purpose.)  Include the following:

  • Bath towels
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Garbage bags
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • First aid kit

Tool Kit

A tool kit is essential in any new home. Whether you need to tighten up a bolt, assemble a bed, open boxes or hang a new picture frame on the wall, you’ll want to have the following tools available for setting up:

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pliers
  • Utility knives and blades
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Permanent markers
  • Tape


While takeout is a huge part of the first night in a new home, a day of moving requires readily available food and drinks. Keep all members of the family from getting “hangry” by packing non-perishable food items good for two days. Be sure to pack foods and drinks that provide sustainable energy, as moving and adjusting to a new home can be tiring.

  • Trail mix
  • Canned fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Protein bars
  • Dry cereal
  • Crackers
  • Bottled water
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Juice
  • Optional: Ice chest to keep all drinks cold

Temporary furniture:

You shouldn’t stress about assembling all the furniture on the first night, instead bring temporary furnishings. Residents should pack and store these separately so that they have them readily available.

  • Air mattress
  • Clean sheets
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Camping chairs
  • Flashlight
  • Fan

When the dust settles after a long day of moving, take a moment to enjoy your first night in a new home. Moving can be overwhelming, but setting up a new space for you and your family is an exciting adventure. Welcome home to Verde Ranch Estates.