Have You Packed Your Open-First Box During Your House Move?

For all those who are wondering what open-first box is, here is a short introduction. Open-first box is a number of things that you will need immediately after you move into your new home.

While packing all our things for relocation, we pack everything and anything we could get our hands on. Only when we reach our new home with the packed boxes do we realize that we don’t have access to almost anything to start your life at the new home. Then comes the searching those the numerous boxes scattered all around the house to find the basic amenities you need. Feels tiring, isn’t it?

Open-first box will solve all those problems and it also gives you a breather when you move to your new home. You can have all of the things that you will be needing for the first few days after you move into your new home in that box and use it comfortably without opening any other boxes.

Checklist for Open-First Box


Even before you start packing your home, it is essential to have a checklist for the open-first box so that you don’t leave anything out. As there can be a few things from each room you pack, you may forget about packing things separately for the open-first box sometimes and this can lead to a lot of confusions. So make a checklist of all the things that you need compulsorily in the open-first box and keep these things aside before you start packing to ensure that you don’t mistakenly pack it along with the other things. So here is the list of essentials to get you started with.

  • A couple of change of clothes for all your family members. (You can add it your overnight bag or have it in here in the open-first box too.)
  • The basic cooking items you may need like tea bags, sugar cubes, coffee mugs, etc.
  • A kettle for making tea and maybe a pan if you need to make omelet or eggs.
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other essential cosmetics. (It is better to have a travel package for these things so that they don’t take much of the space.)
  • Bathroom towels
  • Toilet rolls
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Basic medicine sets and first aid kit
  • A couple of blankets if it is a winter season
  • Bottles or jugs and glasses for waterThese are just a few bare essentials you may need. You can add your own items to the list according to your preferences. Think of this open-first box as a bag which you pack when you are going out for a trip. Think about all the essential items you will need to take with you. This will cover most of your items and you will just need to add in the kitchen things and your box will be good to go.

Things to Remember:

  1. Your open-first box shouldn’t be more than two boxes at the most. Don’t clutter the box with too many things that you will find it difficult to find the items you need even from the open-first box.
  2. It is best to have your open-first box in case if you are traveling to your new house by car. If you are taking any public transportation for the relocation and hiring removalists for the relocation of your things, then you can ask the removal companies to place the open-first box at the top of all the boxes. Ask the movers who unload to keep the open-first box aside when they unload all the boxes and make a good definite marking to easily identify the box even if it gets lost in midst of the other boxes.
  3. Keep in mind that the open-first box should be the last one to be sealed. As the things you have planned to add in the open-first box are items that you may require till the last minute, have the box open in a visible place at your house and ensure to seal it at the last, preferably a few hours before the relocation transportation.

Moving Tips: How to Pack Wine Bottles

You may have some really special and pricey wine bottles that you had saved for some special occasion. When you are in the position to move, you don’t want to open that special bottles of wine but at the same time, want to take it to the new home.

Packing your wine bottles need extreme care. Some wine bottles may get damaged when they are placed on their side or damage their works while some may break from the shock of the moving if they aren’t properly cushioned. If you want all of your wine bottles to be safe during the relocation, then follow the following steps to pack your wine bottles safely.

Take stock of the wine bottles


If you have a lot of wine bottles that will make your packing difficult and strenuous, then you can give out some wine bottles as gifts and use the other ones as a celebratory drink on the day of your relocation. Have a count of the wine bottles according to the boxes you have and the space you will need to pack them tightly and then proceed with the packing.

Getting the right packing materials

Get a thick cardboard box for transporting the wine bottles. For those special wines, you have, have a sturdy wooden box specifically for them. You can procure it from the vintage wine shops and get it for a little price. You can also ask the removalists who have come for your house move or furniture removals to provide you with the right box for packing wine bottles.


When you have got the box ready, you will need a proper divider to separate the bottles which you can again get it from the shops. It is better to go with small sized boxes than the large ones. Get some packing paper, packing tapes and other cushioning materials.

Getting the box ready

First double seal the bottom of the cardboard box with packing tapes to ensure that it can withstand the weight of the wine bottles. Next, place the divider inside the box but cutting it out in the right size such that it fits exactly inside the size of the box. Some would add some glue to the bottom of the divider before placing it in so that it stays in its place. Trim the top of the divider so that the top flaps of the box rests comfortably over the divider without protruding or leaving too much gap.

Packing the bottle


Take a packing paper and roll it over the wine bottle. Tightly secure it with some packing tape. Take extra care in the neck area of the wine bottle and ensure that the cork is tightly secure and wrap it too with the packing paper. Tuck in the paper as you roll and don’t stop until all the wine bottle is immersed under the rolls of packing paper and stick them with packing tape.

Placing it inside the divider


Gently place the wrapped wine bottle inside one section of the divider carefully without letting the packing paper unwound. There will be some gaps in the side of the bottle with the divider especially in the neck of the bottle. Fill those gaps with bubble wraps so that the bottle doesn’t move during the transportation.

I hope this step to step guide to pack glasses for moving will help you not only save time but also the risk of damage

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