First Movers Checklist

Log Cabin Nightmare: A First Mover’s Checklist To Ensure A Peaceful First Night’s Sleep

The day is finally in sight! You have spent the last year planning the build of your log cabin; your dream has turned into reality and as the moving day is drawing near your excitement it growing!

Moving house is thought to be one of the most stressful things you can do but it needn’t be if you are organised and efficient.

Don’t let your spirits be dampened and your first night in your log cabin spoilt by forgetting something important. Follow this checklist to ensure you have everything you will need for your first night in your new log cabin home.

Depending on whether your log cabin is connected to the power grid or whether you are venturing off grid, your moving checklist will look slightly different so this article will provide advice for both options.

Practical things

Wooden toolbox
It is handy to have a small toolkit/box of practical things that you may find you need on the day.

When you arrive, before you start getting your belongings unloaded, you will most likely want to give your cabin a clean so pack any supplies that you will need to clean with, e.g. all-purpose cleaner, plenty of cloths, a hoover, paper towels, rubber gloves etc…

Always make sure you have a first aid kit to hand, you never know when you might need it!

You may also find you need to fix the odd few things so a basic toolkit should suffice for the first day.

Depending on whether or not you are moving off grid or staying connected, you will need to think about back-up generators and your power supply for the first few days while you are getting organised.

In your box of practical items I would recommend including:

  • First aid kit
  • Back-up generator
  • Matches
  • Power strip for charging your devices
  • Flashlight or small lamp
  • Small heater
  • Pen & paper
  • Phone charger
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Trash bags
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver and philips head
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Flashlight
  • Phone charger

Organisation is KEY!

Organisation is key
Will you be moving all your belongings from your family home or is this your first house? You need to give plenty of thought as to how you will move your belongings at least a month in advance of your move.

If you have a lot of belongings, it may be easier to hire movers to help on the day and the more organised you are, the easier the move will be. Provide your movers with a floor plan of your log cabin so they know where to leave furniture and boxes.

If you are hiring movers, make sure you stay at your old home until they are finished to make sure everything has made it out.

If you decide to move yourselves, I would recommend making sure all the things on this checklist are accessible in a separate vehicle so you have access to them immediately. If this is not possible, make sure these items are put onto the van last.

Home Sweet Home

A new home
Pulling up outside your new home, with all your belongings in tow is extremely exciting. You will have been waiting for months, possibly years, through all the planning and building stages to get to this day.

The most important thing you need before you can even begin settling into your log cabin is… the KEYS – can you imagine the excitement of arriving only to realise you have forgotten them? Make sure they are the first thing on your list!


Keep your personal documents with you during your transition from your last house to your new log cabin – you never know if you might need them, or if the moving van will be delayed.

I would also recommend keeping your phone and wallet with you at all times, there may be things that crop up that you need to organise or hadn’t thought of on the day and your phone and wallet can quite easily get misplaced during this busy day.

  • Keys
  • Food and Water
  • Phone
  • Your personal documents
  • Money

Keep well fed and watered!

Healthy Food
Moving day is hard work and is often a very long day, make sure you prepare in advance so that you don’t have to waste time running back and forth to a shop to buy food.

If you are moving to a cabin which is connected to utilities and you have a functioning kitchen, you can take food along which is quick and easy to cook.

If you are moving off grid, you may want to consider food such as sandwiches that doesn’t require any cooking as it could take a while to set up your energy source, or get a fire going! Any food that you would typically take camping is a good option.

As well as food you will need:

  • Cooking utensils and cookware if you choose to make a meal Plenty of water/water bottles
  • Plates, silverware and cups (you may want to opt for paper plates so you don’t have to worry about unpacking your kitchen boxes in a rush)
  • Snacks
  • Tea/Coffee/Beverages
  • Breakfast
  • Paper towels
  • All-purpose soap for kitchen sink

Overnight bags and sleeping arrangements

Sleeping bag - outdoor camp

For the adults:
You will need to pack an overnight bag. If you won’t get chance to get your beds in place, you will also need to consider where you will be sleeping on the first night. You may just want to use your regular mattresses on the floor or you may opt to use inflatable mattresses.

For the kids:
Moving with children can be very exciting for them but also hard work, you may want to consider asking a friend or relative to look after them for the day but more often than not, the children are looking forward to the day just as much as you are and they will want to come along!

If your children are older this is not a problem and they will be able to help out and go and explore their new surroundings, for young children make sure you have things packed to entertain them while you are busy. And of course, enough food and drinks for them, as well as an overnight bag.

First Night Movers Checklist

Download our free, editable log cabin mover’s checklist here to make sure you don’t forget anything you will need on moving day!

First Night Movers Checklist

So there you have it, a comprehensive list of everything you will need to make sure the first night in your log cabin is not a nightmare and is as enjoyable as it can possibly be!

You only get to do the first night once – so make sure you do it right and be organised from the get go!

I hope you have found this guide useful. We would love to hear about how your moving day goes, is there anything else you would suggest to add to our checklist? Let us know in the comments below.

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