Congrats! You finally have your own place, and just like it says above the employee breakroom sink, your mom doesn’t work here. Whatever you need, you’re going to have to get for yourself. First things first: Check for toilet paper. Then consider these potential first apartment or first home essentials for your new home.
SPICES, OILS, CONDIMENTS
You might be like, slow down, Anthony Bourdain, I’m no chef. But a few basic spices and cooking oils can transform a $1.99 box of spaghetti into a meal. And the burgers at your housewarming barbecue will be pretty bare without at least some ketchup and mustard.
Pro Tip: Look for companies that offer a lifetime supply of free spice refills (they do exist). That way, if you don’t use the entire jar of coriander in a couple of years, you can refresh. Also consider trying out a small amount of a spice first, that way you know you like it before you make a big investment. Spices can be weirdly expensive.
TOOL BOX AND EMERGENCY KIT
You probably already have some multipurpose tool that comes with your IKEA bookcase. But every functioning adult needs some real gear. Find yourself a toolbox with a hammer, a measuring tape, and, if you’re feeling fancy, a couple of different size screwdrivers.
An emergency kit should include some water, nonperishable food, a flashlight, extra batteries, medical supplies, duct tape, candles and matches.
Pro Tip: Keep your tool box and emergency kit in an easily accessible location. You’ll want to be able to locate these items in a hurry.