• 15
  • Jan
packing tips

What to Put in Your Open First Box

We’re all strangely familiar with this movie scene: someone has just moved into their new home, their furniture hasn’t arrived yet, and they’re joyously eating pizza on the floor using paper plates. But, what the movies don’t show is the reality of the soon-to-be struggle of initial unpacking – how does it even start? And what's the sequence of tackling all those boxes?

Enter the Open First Box. Putting together one of these is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to unpacking, so here are the must-have items to pack in your own Open First Box.

For the Kitchen
That first day of settling in will certainly tire you out, and you’re going to need sustenance to help last you throughout the day.

A water bottle

Disposable cups or mugs

Non-perishable snacks

Paper towel roll

All-purpose cleaning spray

A twist-off bottle of something fun to celebrate!

For the Bathroom
The last thing you want is to feel constantly sweaty throughout all the heavy lifting and organizing. Shower essentials and toiletries are a must-have for your box.

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Toilet paper

Shower curtain and liner


Toothbrush and toothpaste

DeodorantFor the Bedroom
Never underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. No matter how tired you’ll be, you’re still going to want to feel comfortable.

Sheets, a blanket, and pillows

T-shirt for sleeping

A phone charger

An extension cord

For the Next Day
You’re up for the day and ready to get going. These items will ensure you’re getting a good start to the rest of your unpacking, and will help get off on the right side of the bed.

A comfortable change of clothes

Instant coffee or bottled cold brew

Comfortable shoes

Extra cash for tipping movers!

Finally, don't forget to make sure that your Open First Box stands out from the crowd! Cover it in colorful tape, or even put it in a Rubbermaid bin so that it doesn't get swallowed up in the sea of other brown boxes.