The Essential Stress Saving Go-Bag for the First Few Days in Your New Home


So you’ve made all the necessary plans, and the move date is quickly approaching. You’ve got all your boxes packed, and your route to your new home is all mapped out. But have you thought about how you’ll survive once you get there and you’re waiting for the movers to deliver all of your belongings?

Depending on how long of a distance your move is, you may want to take some time to consider bringing some essential items with you for the first night or two in your new home. You’ll need a sizeable go bag and a bin or two depending on how many people (and pets) are moving with you.

What To Pack

Before you seal up those boxes, take a moment to pack those items you’ll need now. Pack enough for about two nights of stress free living. Even if you’re moving with a box filled moving truck in tow, the last thing you’ll want to do when you get to your new home is rummage through a sea of boxes to retrieve the items you need.

Consider packing the following list of items in a go-bag and first grab bin and you’ll be setting yourself up right for a smooth transition into your new home:

Bathroom Products

While you don’t want to take the entire contents of your bathroom with you, think about what you absolutely need for a couple of days.  

  • Your travel toiletry bag filled with all your hotel usuals: shampoo, razors, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup, contact case, contact solution, dental floss, hair ties, etc.
  • Extra contacts or glasses
  • Toilet tissue
  • A plunger
  • Clorox Wipes

Pantry Items

Depending on your budget you may be dining out and ordering delivery for two days, or you may want to start cooking for yourself right away. Either way you should consider these pantry essentials. Snacks are very crucial especially with long distance moves

  • Snacks for the road and for your new home
  • Basic seasonings
  • Water
  • Feel good food (purely optional but maybe well deserved!)

Kitchen Items

To make the move easier, make sure you have these kitchen essentials on hand.

  • Trash bags
  • Can opener
  • Small pot and pan
  • Dish or paper towels
  • A small bottle of dish soap
  • A couple of dishwasher tabs
  • Disposable plates, plasticware, cups, knives

First Aid Kit

Accidents happen. Make sure you have a first aid kit handy in case you get a cut or two.

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Pain reliever
  • Gauze and tape.
  • Prescription medications


It’s doubtful you’ll fail to bring your phone and the other electronics nearest and dearest to you, but the charging cords may accidently get packed. Set them aside in your go bag before they do.

  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Charging cables
  • Portable charger
  • Flashlights or LED lamps (in case the new place doesn’t yet have power)


  • Enough clothing for two days and two nights


  • Air mattress if needed
  • Blankets and pillows

Baby Items (if applicable)

  • Diapers
  • Wipes and diaper cream
  • Sippy cup
  • Pacifier
  • Toys
  • Clothes
  • Blanket
  • Bouncy seat
  • Travel chair
  • Pack n’ play

Pet Supplies (if applicable)

  • Chew toys or comfort items
  • Crate if needed
  • Pet bed if needed
  • Leash
  • Food
  • Food and water bowl

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