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Your First Place: Move-in Day Necessities

July 24th, 2009 admin

So Wednesday was the “big day” for me and my sweetie–we finally moved in to our new place, which means I am now writing to you from beautiful North Carolina!

To be a little more specific, I am writing to you from the floor of our new apartment, because our furniture–which was supposed to arrive yesterday–will not be here until next week.


What You Need (The Bare Necessities)

So clearly we had to run a few emergency errands to get the necessities that we hadn’t packed in the car. I wrote a post a while back about what you’d need your first night in the dorms, but I’ve amended the list and added where to go if you forget to pack it anyway. 🙂

  • Wallet, cash, driver’s license & school ID
  • Medication (if applicable)
  • Clothes for 3 days (so you don’t have to do laundry), including underwear, socks, a bathing suit, and a sweatshirt
    • Buy: Ross, Walmart, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a thrift store
  • Good walking shoes (in case you do a tour of campus or a hike or something)
    • Buy: Ross
  • Toilet paper
    • Buy: Walmart or Target
  • Screwdriver (for putting furniture & etc. together) & scissors
    • Buy: Dollar store
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, & shampoo
    • Buy: Dollar store or Walmart (soap was even cheaper than the dollar store!)
  • Towel & washcloth
    • Buy: Walmart, Kohl’s (sale), Target
  • Basic Eating Utensils (fork, spoon, bowl, cup, plate)
    • Buy: Dollar store (metal utensils for 50 cents each!) or thrift store
  • Cell phone, laptop, & chargers (thanks, Christina, for adding this to the list!)
  • Pen & paper
  • First Aid Kit
    • Get a compact Johnson & Johnson one at Target for $1
  • Cooking stuff (utensils, pots, pans… if you don’t want to eat out)
    • Buy: Utensils at the dollar store, pots & pans at a thrift store
  • Snacks
  • Reading material (magazine, book)
    • Buy: Get books for cheap at a thrift store or used book store, or make a friend by borrowing from someone on your floor
  • Pillow & blankets/sheets or sleeping bag

I’m happy to say that I took my own advice and had packed a lot of this stuff. But it was the forgotten items (soap, utensils, bathing suit) that had us running errands so much of the first and second days. So plan ahead! :p

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Angela  |  December 21st, 2009 at 8:56 pm


    I read that you suggested to buy pots, pans and silverware at thrift stores, but i’m a bit skeptical about that. aren’t those things secondhand? how do you “clean” them?

  • 2. Jamie  |  January 11th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    @ Angela: I understand–I am the SAME way, and always want things to be super clean. Obviously look for nice pieces, not stuff that is all scrungy looking, and then just run them through the dishwasher (or hand wash them with VERY hot water a time or two). If you still feel uncomfortable, you can get new silverware, pots & pans, and dishes pretty cheaply at Ikea, or if you shop sales at Walmart or Target.

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