It’s the time of year for discussions around PCS orders. Many folks will be getting orders in the next couple of months for a summer time PCS. If you or your spouse are up for orders, the time will go by fast. During this waiting time is a good time to plan and get ready.
There are a few items that you should pull aside for a “first day box” during a move. I think back to the first nights in our new homes over the years and coffee always makes the top of my nice to have list! Whether you are having the military move you, doing a PPM (personally procured move) also known as a “Do it Yourself” (DITY), packing a first day box will make your initial night in a new home a lot more comfortable. Never again will you be stranded in a new place without the essentials!
Here is what you need for a successful first day (and night) in a new home:
Towels: hand towels and large towels
Travel size shampoo and toothpaste
Toilet bowl cleaner and brush
Single use dishwasher and laundry pods
Small tool kit/ screwdriver
Hardware for your furniture (aka the parts box)
Air mattress or camping cots with bedding
Bottled Water Snacks (and more snacks if you have kids!)
Coffee pot, filter and grounds
Crockpot (if you plan on cooking a meal)
Paper plates/napkins and disposable silverware
Odds and Ends:
Chargers for all of the electronic devices
Corkscrew or bottle opener
Remember you can still do this with some items even if you are moving overseas- set aside an “open me first box” labeled with colorful tape so you know to start with that one on arrival!
If you have a pretty solid move in date, order some of the bulkier items above from an online retailer like Amazon, to be delivered on move in day. That way, you are not wasting precious space in your car or baggage for toilet paper and paper towels!
What can’t you live without your first day in a new home?
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (4 and 2 years), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.
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