Posted 20th February 2023

Top things to bring when moving to a care home

What to pack for going to a care home

Relocating to a care home can be daunting. We’ve put together a guide to take the pressure off and help you decide what may be useful to take. You’ve selected your care home and the hard part is over with. Your next step is deciding what to pack to bring along with you. This is the exciting part, but every new step comes with new challenges. To help you, here is our guide for the top things to bring when moving into a care home.


Our care homes ensure every resident’s bedroom is equipped with everything you may need. We pride ourselves on having comfortable and cosy spaces to make you feel at home. However, we understand everyone has personal preferences, so you may wish to bring your own items. It can be a good idea to check in with the care home of your choice to make sure what you bring can be washed for you when needed. If you do wish to bring your personal favourites along with you from home, here are some item suggestions.

  • Blanket
  • Linen
  • Pillows/ cushions


Please bring your favourite items of clothing and outfits. It’s of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable and confident in our care homes.

  • Daytime clothing for the appropriate weather and seasons
  • Night clothes
  • Underwear and socks
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Coats or jackets


Technology can be an excellent device to stay connected to friends, family and news. It’s also a great way to keep up with your favourite programs and entertainment.

  • Mobile phone
  • Headphones
  • Laptop or computer
  • Tablet

Personal items

With such a wide variety of products out there, it is only natural that we all have our favourites. Whether it’s your shampoo or your favourite sun cream, bring it with you and make yourself at home.

  • Haircare products
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash
  • Skincare and face wash
  • Makeup
  • Personal medicines
  • Shower or bath items

It is important to remember there are no right or wrong items to take with you. Every person has their individual needs and likes. It is our team’s priority that you settle in, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Having your favourite and most-used things around you will only help make you feel more comfortable.

If there’s an item you would like to bring but are unsure if you can, our friendly team are always only a phone call away to answer any questions you may have. Remember, there is no pressure. Anything you forget when you initially move in can always be brought along for you at a later date by a friend or relative when they visit.

We hope this list of the top things to bring when moving to a care home is useful and gives you a solid starting point. New beginnings can be intimidating but taking the packing item by item will allow for a stress-free experience. Happy packing and here’s to new beginnings.

For further reading, Ageuk has a very helpful and in-depth checklist of things to think about when moving to a care home. You can read about it by clicking here.

To contact our friendly team for any further advice, click here.