New Home Essentials: First Night Must-Haves

Oct 10, 2023
Buying a House
Between sorting the paperwork, packing and cleaning, it's easy to forget some essentials for the first night in your new home. That's why we've compiled a list of first night must-haves for you, your kids and your pets, along with tips on settling in comfortably.

Personal essentials

• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)
• Bedding and pillows
• A change of clothes and a set of pyjamas
• Towels
• Medication and first aid kit

Practical essentials

• Toilet paper
• Hand soap
• Basic cleaning supplies
• Bin bags
• Torch
• Extra batteries/light bulbs
• Important documents
• Phone charger

Kitchen essentials

• Paper towels
• Paper plates, cups and cutlery
• Canned food and snacks
• Water bottle
• Can and bottle opener
• Kettle
• Dish soap

Kids' essentials

• A change of clothes and a set of pyjamas
• Baby supplies (nappies, wipes, pacifier, baby food)
• Entertainment (toys, books, music)
• Favourite comfort item (blanket, stuffed animal)
• Nightlight

Pet essentials

• Water and food bowl
• Food
• Litter box
• Bedding
• Toys
• Lead, collar
• Carrier

How to feel comfortable the first night you move in

Moving home means adapting to new spaces and making them yours. Here are some tips on feeling comfortable during the first night in your new home.

1. Make plans for dinner

Whether cooking a delicious meal or ordering a takeaway, the first dinner in your new home has special meaning. Why not celebrate with a glass of champagne? You deserve it!

2. Prepare entertainment

Watching a movie is a great way to settle in if your broadband connection is already up and running. If it’s not, you could play board or card games with your family – this will help the kids feel comfortable.

3. Set up the bedrooms

Add personal touches to your and your kids’ bedrooms, like stuffed animals and photos. This will create a welcoming feel.

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