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Packing List For New Senior Citizen Residents

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From essential items such as clothing and toiletries to personal items that will help make the space feel like home, packing for your move to an assisted living facility requires careful thought and planning. Having a packing list for moving to assisted living is an important step that can help ease your mind and ensure your safety and comfort in your transition to a  new residence.

At Buckner Calder Woods, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of best practices in senior living. We strive to continually increase our knowledge base by exploring new technologies and advances in health care so that we may offer state-of-the-art services with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Our Buckner core principles include compassion, respect, and integrity. Contact our friendly team of experts today at 409.407.7636 for more information. 

Packing List for New Residents

If you are wondering what to bring to assisted living, you’ve come to the right place! Ensuring that new residents have a packing list and are well-prepared can help make the transition much more comfortable and create less of an abrupt change to your everyday life. 

Clothing and footwear 

Pack a few changes of casual clothes, formal occasions attire, sleepwear, and comfortable shoes. Think about the climate in your new location and pack accordingly. Be sure to include a combination of comfortable clothes, pajamas, as well as clothes you will need for activities you like to do, such as outdoor walks or social outings. 


Don’t forget to bring your favorite toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razor, and other items you use on a regular basis. Be sure to include enough prescription medications to last until your new facility can transfer them over.

Personal items 

Don’t be afraid to make your space your own! Bring a few photographs of family members or friends you’d like to display in your room, or consider including some scented candles or aromatherapy items to make your new space smell inviting. Any items that have a special place in your heart or help you feel at home are a great idea.  

Here is a list of items to consider:

  • Artwork
  • Candles
  • Pictures
  • Knick-knacks
  • Plants or flowers
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Wall hangings


Ensure you bring any needed chargers or cords for electronics such as phones, laptops, and tablets. Portable speakers can be handy if you want to listen to music while relaxing in your room at the facility. If you are into more of a vintage feel, consider including a record player or lights to decorate your room. 

Organizational items 

You may find it useful to have some storage boxes for organizing your belongings or label makers for keeping track of items throughout your stay at the facility. This is another way to store your personal items and keep your living space neat and organized, which is important when establishing a new residence. 

Creating a New Home With Buckner Calder Woods

Moving to an assisted living facility can be a major life change for senior citizens. With the right packing list, however, it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming or intimidating. Our packing list for new residents should help make sure you know what to bring to assisted living and don’t forget anything important when moving into your new home. Remember that even if you cannot bring everything from home with you, many assisted living facilities offer amenities and items for you to create a new home for yourself. 

If you would like to learn more about how to prepare for your move into an assisted facility, reach out online or call our friendly team of experts today at 409.407.7636.