Efficient Packing With Open-Me-First-Boxes

Efficient Packing With Open-Me-First-Boxes

Among the most useful tips I’ve picked up in the moving industry is “Open-Me-First Boxes” (OMFB’s). An OMFB is a box that has been purposely packed with items that are useful immediately following your arrival at your new home. These items include basic cookware, toiletries, pet supplies, and anything else critical to daily life. Taking steps early on during packing to ensure that these items are grouped together is essential to hassle-free adjustment upon arriving at your destination.

Benefits of creating OMFB’s:

Reduces hassle & saves time: Searching through all your boxes to find a toothbrush can be both frustrating and time-consuming.

Simplifies unpacking: Having your essential items unpacked allows you to unpack the remaining boxes in less-rushed schedule that works for you.

Creating OMFB’s:

To create an Open-Me-First Box, pack it with items you will need during the first few days after moving (see list below for examples). After having packed your OMFB, label it on all sides with something easy to remember (how about OMFB?). Make sure to group items of a similar nature together (i.e. toiletries in one box).

Make sure not to create TOO many OMFB’s, as that will defeat the purpose.

What to put in OMFB’s:

Generally, you’ll want to include only that which is absolutely necessary to your daily life for the first few days. The following is a list of recommendations for what to put in your OMFB’s.


Frying Pan & Spatula

Tea Kettle / Coffee Pot

Dish soap

Disposable or Plastic cups, plates, flatware

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Aluminum Foil



Toothbrushes & Toothpaste


Shower Curtain

First Aid Kit


Toilet Paper


Pet food & bowls




Utility Knife

If you follow these guidelines to create OMFB’s, your arrival at your new home should be as painless and hassle-free as possible!

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