First Night Moving Box

Prior to getting settle into your new home on the first night, you must have the essentials on hand. The first-night moving box is the single most important box in your move. The rationale behind the first night box is to have what you need where you can easily get to it when you need it. This is also the very first box that you will pack prior to WolfePack Packing Service or WolfePack Movers arrive at your home.

Listed below are items to have a successful, low-stress first night. The First Night Moving Box stops the digging through endless boxes just to find your sundries or sleeping attire, as this is a very different experience than going on vacation. Let’s begin packing for an enjoyable first night (even with little ones in tow) in your new home.

          Moving Tip: Make sure you have not packed any items your moving company cannot transport. For a list of items WolfePack cannot move due to health or safety regulations, refer to the checklist of the restricted items.


Transferring Your First Night Moving Box


It is imperative the First Night Moving Box travel with you, especially if you and your family are arriving at your home before the movers, so as soon as you are done

          If that’s not possible with your type of move (e.g., you’re flying or don’t have enough room in your car), this kit should be sent via USPS, UPS, FedEx three weeks prior to the big move day. Real-Estate Associates or Leasing Managers are a good source to receive your First Night Moving Box.

The checklists WolfePack has developed the First Night Moving Box to covers everything from electronics and chargers to toilet paper, linens and cleaning necessities. We’ve thought of everything, so you don’t have to. Not having what you need will put a damper on the excitement of your first night in your new home. Make sure to include exactly what is on the list and put your own unique spin on it. The key to a successful first night is having what you need close by and not having the stress.

            Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies  

The very first thing prior to unpacking a single box is to get started on basic cleaning. Heavy-duty cleaning can wait. On your first night in your new home, do a quick scrub down of necessary surfaces. This will be just enough cleaning for one night, and it will not take too long, allowing you time to get to bed at a decent hour and if moving with little ones enough time to read them a story as they fall asleep from all the excitement of moving.


Along with packing cleaning supplies, it’s also a good idea to bring a basic toolbox. There are always going to be some immediate household repairs that need attention, so being prepared is essential. Fixing major issues will happen after you are all moved in. The first night is not the time to be, change the ugly paint color in the kitchen, re-carpeting, changing light fixtures.


List of items for cleaning and basic maintenance on the first night

Cleaning rags

Paper towels

Cleaning solutions (Prohibited Items)

Dish soap

Gloves – Latex

Gloves – Dishwashing

Gloves – Work gloves (leather with padding is always the 1st choice)

Trash bags – Kitchen

Trash bags – Lawn and Yard

Broom and Dustpan

Shower Curtain and hardware if needed

Basic Tool Kit

Box cutter


Screwdriver and screws


Drill and drill bits

Light bulbs


Extra batteries (Prohibited Item)

            Food & Beverages

Also, consider your eating arrangements on your first night, and the next few days. Your freezer and refrigerator may not be up and running on your first night and unpacking your dishes and kitchen necessities will not be on the top of your to-do list as they may not be delivered yet. Therefore, you may want to consider eating out or ordering in for your first few meals. Visiting local restaurants is an excellent way to scope out your new neighborhood.


If eating out or having it delivered is not an option, packing a can opener along with these suggested non-perishable food items is the key. Keep in mind, foods that require a microwave may not be a good idea as your microwave may not be installed or in transit.

Peanut butter

Canned or pouched tuna, salmon or chicken

Canned veggies

Canned fruit (low sugar)

Canned legumes such as lentils and beans

Instant oatmeal

Power / Granola Bars

Beef or Turkey Jerky (low sodium)

Canned soups that do not require adding milk or water as they can be eaten cold.

Cold cereal (it can be eaten without milk).

Tortilla’s (easier as it will get crushed) or Loaf of Bread.

Snacks – Avoid high sugar candies as they will cause the body to crash.

Lots of water.

Electrolyte replacement drinks (Gatorade).

Disposable (paper)


Bowls Cups

Paper Towels (can also be used for cleaning).

If you prefer you can also use reusable camping utensils and dishes.

           Linens & Sleeping Arrangements

A good night’s sleep will be critical as you embark the next few days as unpacking your belongings and settling into your new home is exhausting. Be sure to have at the very least a bottom sheet for every member of the family so everyone experiences a sense of tranquility the first night.

Paying close attention to everyone’s sleeping arrangements can help make the first evening as pleasant as possible. Knowing whether or not you will be sleeping on the floor the first night will help you plan. Please ask your personal coordinator whether the movers will assemble your beds or if you are responsible for setting them up.

Items to have in your First Night Moving Box for bedtime.

Sheets, pillows (make sure you have your favorite one), blankets, and comforters for the beds (or a sleeping bag)

Air mattress, or portable bed (if the beds are in transit or need to be assembled)

Air pump for the air mattress, make sure it is a model that plugs into an outlet in your new home.

Hairdryer, vacuum or shop vac can be a substitute for an Air Pump.

If you have young children make sure to have their special stuffed animal, doll, blanket, etc.

This is one of the most important things to have.

One bottle of Champagne

One bottle of Sparkling Apple Juice (for the kids or if you are a non-drinker).

Each member of your new home has to prepare ahead of time (before you leave your old house) what they are thankful for and what new event or thing they are looking forward to doing or having in your new home.

On your first night, each member of your new home makes a toast by reading what they prepared ahead of time and then it is time for bed.

           Hygiene Supplies

Have your toothpaste and toothbrush, soap and shampoo and a brush or comb packed in your personal bag(s) along with your pajamas and a minimum of three days worth of clothing.

Personal hygiene supplies for your First Night Moving Box:



Bodywash (Soap)

Face Soap

4 Roll Pack of Toilet Paper

1 Pack of flushable wipes

3 Rolls of Paper towels

2 Bath towels

2 Washcloths

Sleeping accessories such as a breathing machine or sound machine. If you have young children it is always a good idea (prior to leaving your old house) to make an audio recording of after they fall asleep in their bedrooms. This will help young children acclimate to the new sounds at night of the new house, by bringing comfort with the old sounds.  

Makeup/Cosmetics and other beauty items.

Makeup remover

Personal electronic devices

Chargers for devices, like phones and tablets

A First Aid Kit.

Medications (full prescriptions as finding a new pharmacy may take some time)

Over the counter medications that you may use.


Tylenol and Aleve as you are going to be sore your first morning in your new home. People tend to store stress in their back muscles.

Emergen C and Airborne – Stress can cause you to get sick easier and you are going to need to stay healthy, so take them as a precaution.

Personal Documents - Please see checklist: Keep Your Valuables Close And Protected

Make sure your First Night Box is the first thing you bring into your new home and it is easily located.


Check out Official Moving Checklist, Move-In Checklist, Prohibited Items Checklist for additional moving resources

Download and Print First Night Moving Box Checklist