When moving to or from Berks County, it is always a good idea to have an “open me first” box. When you arrive at your home, you likely won’t want to unpack all of your boxes that day. You may just do a few and then take a rest and celebrate. However, there are still a variety of items you may need that night. While you may store many of your items at DAK Self-Storage until you have time to get organized, you will want to keep your most important items with you.


When packing, set aside a few separate boxes for items you need on a daily basis. This will help you ensure you have what you need and you don’t get stuck without something important. Be sure to label the box and set it aside as well.  This helps ensure that it doesn’t get mixed in with your other boxes when people are trying to quickly carry boxes out to the moving truck. Below you will find some of DAK Self-Storage’s suggestions of important items to pack in your “open me first” box.

Snacks and Drinks

Moving is hard work. Carrying all of those boxes and then driving for miles can take a lot out of you. When you arrive at your new home, you will likely crave nourishment to replenish your energy. Be sure to add plenty of snacks and drinks so you don’t have to spend the night with a growling stomach. Don’t forget to pack some snacks and your kids and pets as well. Paper plates, plastic cups, and some utensils will also be helpful.


It’s difficult to relax in sweaty or dirty clothing. Be sure so pack a couple of outfits for you and your family to change into once you are done working. Don’t forget about fresh socks, undergarments, and maybe a change of shoes. You never know when you may need them.


After a long day, getting all cozy in your bed is the best feeling ever. However, if you forget your bedding, it won’t be so cozy. You will also want to make sure your bed and mattress are some of the first pieces you move into your home. Ensuring a comfortable night will help give you the energy you need the next day to move your items out of DAK Self-Storage and into your home.


You may not feel comfortable in your bed if you are dirty and your hair is in knots. Moving boxes works up a sweat and the wind won’t do any favors for your hair. Some items you may want to set aside include,

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
  • Hairbrush, hair dryer, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • Body wash, soap, deodorant, lotion.
  • Tissues, toilet paper, and towels.
  • Makeup, and a medical kit.
  • A shower curtain.

Think about what items you use in your daily routine. Make a list of everything you need, so you don’t forget anything.

Cleaning Supplies

Your new home may not be completely clean right away, especially if everyone is tracking in dirt. If you don’t put cleaning supplies in your first box, you will at least want to store it towards the front of your DAK Self-Storage unit so you have them early on. However, there are a few cleaning supplies that you will want right away. Paper towels, garbage bags, and wet ones can be helpful to have your first day at the house.


If your new home doesn’t already have lights in it, you will want to bring some lights so you can still see what you’re doing. Bring some battery powered lights or a flashlight as well, just in case. If you arrive and find out you need more lights, your items are just a short drive away at DAK Self-Storage.

Important Documents

There may be a lot of important papers involved when moving into your new home. The best way to keep track of them is to keep them in a separate, labeled folder and keeping the folder in a place you will remember. It may also be helpful to keep a backup copy somewhere. If you have other paperwork, you don’t need right away, you can store it in a file cabinet at DAK Self-Storage.

Comfort Items and Activities

Finally, you will want to add some comfort items to your “open me first” box. Familiar items will help you feel safe in a new place. Setting out family photo can help show the unfamiliar place feel more like your home. Your kids may want their favorite toys to keep them occupied while they adjust. Don’t forget about yourself. Bring items that represent home to you as well.

Finally, you may want to plan a way to celebrate your new home. You can plant some flowers, or create a special stepping stone to look back on this special occasion later. A housewarming party with both old and new friends and can help you transition. Finally, you can finish moving and enjoy the next chapter of your life.