New Apartment? Here’s Your Grocery List

One of the best things about moving is going shopping for the first time, and stocking your home with everything that you need. The first shopping trip is always the most expensive, so hopefully you took the time to compare movers, to get the best deal. Quite often, depending on the time of year and month, even the best moving companies may be cheaper than you anticipated because they are trying to fill their schedule on their emptier days. The better deal you get on your movers, the most money you will have for shopping!

Now, chances are good that you have a lot on your mind, and you may even be a little sleep deprived, so trying to think of everything you will need from the store will be a challenge. You can pretty much plan on forgetting things. Although you will need to tweak the New Apartment Grocery List from Unpakt depending on your diet and taste, this will at least help get you started.

Paper Products and Cleaning Supplies

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Sandwich bags
  • Freezer bags
  • Laundry soap
  • Fabric softener
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Window cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wax paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Light bulbs

Spices and Seasonings Depending on how you prefer to cook, you may want some of these items fresh and others in dry form that you can store on your spice rack. A few essentials include:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro


Again, some of these items you may need to tweak to your preference, especially if you are a vegan or need gluten-free options.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Egg replacement
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Shortening
  • Oil
  • Bread crumbs
  • Yeast
  • Cookie, cake and muffin mix

Condiments and Sauces

  • Salad dressings
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Syrup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Steak sauce
  • Mayo or Miracle Whip
  • Jam
  • Jelly
  • Honey
  • BBQ sauce

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Stock up on the fresh fruit and vegetables that you enjoy. A few ideas to get you started include:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Avocados
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Asparagus


  • Vegetables
  • Breakfast foods
  • Ice-cream
  • Juice
  • Popsicles
  • Pizza
  • French fries
  • Veggies burgers
  • Microwavable snacks

Canned and Jar

  • Vegetables
  • Applesauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pizza sauce
  • Soup
  • Tuna or chicken
  • Chili

Refrigerated Everyone is going to be different, when it comes to stocking their fridge. While one person may want dairy milk another will choose soy or almond. Some may need butter while another prefers margarine. This should be the easiest part of your list to create because there are likely foods you use pretty much every day.

Baked Goods Do you eat baked goods? If so, you may need:

  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Tortilla shells
  • Pita pockets
  • Donuts
  • Cake
  • Cookies

Meat If you eat meat, you will need to add the items you like here. You may want to stock up on frozen foods in this section too

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Fish
  • Hamburger patties
  • Lunch meat

Personal Care In most cases, you will likely be bringing all your personal care items with you. However, if you are starting from scratch, you will want to include:

  • Deodorant
  • Bath and hand soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cotton swabs and balls
  • Facial cleaner
  • Feminine products
  • Floss
  • Hair styling products
  • Moisturizer lotion
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Lip balm
  • Sunblock

Originally published at on December 24, 2012.

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