When you first arrive in your new home, there will be a few things you need right away. You likely won't have time to unpack everything at once, so having an "Open Me First" box with all of your essentials is important to keep handy. Make sure you're covered by including the following items:

Cleaning Items

  • Sponges
  • Detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Dishcloths
  • Scouring pads


  • Paper plates, cups, napkins
  • Plastic cutlery, serving spoons
  • Plastic pitcher
  • Aluminum foil
  • Small saucepan


  • Easy-open cans of pudding
  • Sandwich spreads
  • Instant drinks
  • Dry soup mix
  • Granola or snack bars


  • Towels or face cloths
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Hand lotion
  • Non-aerosol deodorant
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste


  • Light bulbs
  • Hammer, screw driver, pliers
  • Assorted nails and screws
  • Shelf paper
  • Trash bags and ties