There are many details a person has to consider when going through a home move. The best home moving companies can help make sure you’re not forgetting anything, but those companies also don’t know everything about your personal life. Most packing services will tell you to pack an “open first” box containing essential items, but what items actually need to go in there? You may quickly realize the need for a bigger box or multiple boxes, but it’s important to limit the amount as much as possible so it’s simple to find what you need when you need it. Here are the main items you want to pack in this box.


The ideal move will give you plenty of time to sort through boxes to find the essential items you need. However, you don’t want to spend hours searching for toiletries when you need them. Pack things like toilet paper, soap, hand towels, shower products, toothbrushes, toothpaste and anything else you use on a daily basis in your “open first” box. Having these items readily available will make life much easier when you arrive at your new home.

Bedroom Items

Your long distance movers will also suggest having bedroom items in your “open first” box. The move may put you arriving at the new home late at night or early in the morning. Having pillows, bed sheets, blankets and other items easily available will allow you to take a quick nap to recharge without having to search for them.

Kids and Pets Items

A long distance move is as difficult for kids and pets as it is for you. Be sure to include some toys for both your kids and pets, as well as snacks or treats. Having these items in your “open first” box and having it easily accessible can help reduce some of the restlessness of the move and also create a sense of familiarity and calmness.

Cosmetics, Medications and Other Essential Items

Finally, consider putting cosmetics, medications and other essential items you use on a daily basis in your “open first” box. Sometimes it’s impossible to think about every single item you use every day. One of the best things home moving companies suggest is paying attention to the items you use for a couple weeks before the big move. Then make a list of all the items you used to determine which ones you will need right away. Items like certain cosmetic products may not be essential, but medication is.

Imlach & Collins Brothers not only provides moving services, but we also provide packing services. Since 1924, we have helped families make stress-free moves to new homes. We like to help families by providing them with tips on making their move seamless, such as the items to include in their “open first” box. We are proud to be a part of the Atlas Van Lines network as well. Be sure to contact us to see how we can help you make your next move simple and effortless.