London moving statistics

Recent research by the Office for National Statistics shows that more people are moving out of London than in. And with it, more people are moving to countryside, and in particular young families.

Whether these movers are looking for more space, greener areas or a more peaceful way of life, the largest city in the UK is slowly shrinking.

There’s nothing worse than arriving in your brand new home… and realising that everything you need for a comfortable first evening is spread across 16 different boxes. Hence, a box or bag specifically for you to have all of the essentials in one place and easily identifiable so that you can have a cosy cup of tea before the full unpacking begins.

So, whether you’re moving into a city, out to the countryside or even abroad – make sure everything goes smoothly with this guide on what to pack in your ‘first night’ box.

This box should have two parts (this could be a box and a bag or just two boxes) and should travel with you or be the last items to be packed onto the van; so that they are easily accessible at the other end. Ideally the box/bag would travel with you, in case your movers are delayed as your essentials will be readily available while you wait. Moving morale improves when everyone in the family can have a quick tea and a biscuit!

Your First Night Box checklist

Yourself/Significant other/kids

  • Change of clothes/pyjamas. Essential in case of any mishaps with the movers and for relaxing after a long day of moving.
  • Toothpaste/soap/shampoo and any other toiletries needed for first night hygiene.
  • Snacks! Whether it’s packed sandwiches or some soup it’s always good to have food on hand to avoid needing to find a late-night shop.

Home essentials

  • Both normal and spares, depending on the size of new home.
  • Towels/toilet paper. These speak for themselves!
  • Bed linen/blanket/pillow. Just in case those movers are late or you can’t get the heating working.
  • Kettle/tea/coffee. Essential for morale.
  • First Aid Kit/toolkit. Moving usually brings small emergencies, especially with pets or children! This could also include medication, such as pain medication or regular needed medication.
  • Cleaning supplies. Also think about including scissors or a box cutter to get the boxes open
  • Spare lightbulbs. Inevitably there are always lights with blown or missing bulbs in a new home.

Don’t forget any pets! Make sure they have food, bowls and accessories they love to help them settle in to the new environment. Check out these guides to settling in your cat and your dog.

Another option is to pack a box for every room in your new house. This could include cleaning products or chargers, which would allow you to quickly set up the room with the bare essentials.

Either way, being organised is key to a smooth move.

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