When you’re packing it’s tempting to get everything you can into appropriate boxes for the Kitchen, Bedroom, Dining Room etc. After all, you want to make sure everything ends up in its appropriate place, right?
However there is one box that you absolutely need to keep separate from everything else – your emergency box. Try as you might, the odds are you will not be able to get everything unpacked the moment you get in through the door, and there are things you are going to want urgently which you won’t be able to pick up if they’re buried at the bottom of a box full of pans, or clothes or glasses wrapped in newspaper. To avoid that, keep one box to one side that will have all the most essential elements inside, the things that you cannot live without, like:
Step 1: Tea Making Things
Trust us, when you get to your new home the first thing you are going to want is to sit down and have a nice cup of tea (or coffee, or hot chocolate, whatever your chosen poison is). So make sure the emergency box contains teabags, milk, sugar, your kettle and enough mugs for you and anyone who is helping with the move (if they came with you this far they have definitely earned themselves a cup of tea at your expense!)
Step 2: Pyjamas
You probably won’t get all the unpacking done in one day, so make sure the box contains your most comfortable pyjamas, a dressing gown and your bedding. You want to make sure that your first night in your new home is spent in the best possible comfort.
Step 3: Toiletries
By the same token, you’re going to want to be nice a fresh when you get up the next morning. Make sure your toothbrushes, razor blades, toothpaste and shaving foam are easy to hand. You should also have shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and anything else you need of a morning to make yourself feel human.
Oh, and without wanting to go all Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on your, for the love of God, pack a towel!
Step 4: Money, Takeaway Menus
Creating your first home cooked meal in your new house is more of a second or third night thing. Take it from us, order a pizza, or if you’ve had a lot of help with the move, lots of pizzas. If you prefer Indian, Thai or Chinese take away, then sure, go with it.
However, we would like to point out that pizza requires no: cutlery, plates, or washing up, and it doesn’t feature any brightly coloured sauces that are liable to stain your brand new carpet.
Step 5: Phone Charger
If you’re anything like us then your phone is your lifeline. It’s not just your phone, it’s your emails, your facebook page, your text messages and your list of takeaways for when you order that pizza. Don’t get caught out having to go through all your packed boxes when you get a flat battery. Keep your phone charge close and your first evening will go far more smoothly.