The Ultimate New Apartment Grocery List

Moving to a new apartment is exciting! Maybe you’re moving to the DC area to attend college, or you’re relocating to a flat in the city. Whatever the case, this apartment will be your new home where you can decorate just the way you like and cook whatever suits your fancy.

Of course, you probably sold, donated, or left many things behind to make your move easier and more affordable. This means you must now visit the grocery store to stock up on essentials for your kitchen. Use this ultimate new apartment grocery list to help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

Helpful Pointers

Make the right preparations before you head to the store so you don’t shop blindly. Here’s what we suggest:

  • Make a shopping list: Even if you don’t usually shop with a list in hand, make sure you bring one with you this time. Without a list, it’s easy to buy what you don’t really need or forget about certain essentials. Break up your list into categories to help you navigate the store efficiently. This shortens your trip so you can return home and work on settling in.
  • Plan to make more than one trip: You have so much on your plate during this transition. To simplify your first grocery trip, only shop for the basics. Then, in a few days when your head is no longer spinning, you can head back for everything else. After all, even if you leave the store with two carts full of groceries, odds are you’ll forget a few things on your first trip anyway.

The Grocery List of Essentials for a New Apartment

The lists here are meant to make life easier for the first few days in your new apartment. Of course, your necessities may vary from those listed here, but use this as a guide to jog your memory and help you include everything you need on your own personalized grocery list.


  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Bread
  • Oats
  • Beans
  • Canned soup
  • Chicken broth or bullion
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Snacks (pretzels, chips, granola bars)
  • Cooking oil
  • Honey
  • Coffee

Baking Essentials

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda and powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Shortening
  • Yeast


  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Lunch meat
  • Ground beef
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables


  • Waffles
  • French fries
  • Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Single-serve dinners
  • Frozen fruit and vegetables

Spices & Condiments

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Minced onion
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Salad dressing
  • Maple syrup
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar


  • Deodorant
  • Hand soap
  • Body wash
  • Lotion and face moisturizer
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm

Paper Products & Cleaning Supplies

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Garbage bags
  • Zip-top storage bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Light bulbs

Move with Georgetown Moving and Storage Company

If your upcoming move is still in the works, help ensure everything goes smoothly by working with Georgetown Moving and Storage Company. We can help you move locally or long distance to or from the DC Metro area. Plus, we provide other services you might need along the way, such as packing and storage. We make moving as streamlined as possible, so you can focus on settling into your new apartment.

To request a free moving estimate, please contact us at (703) 466-0575 today!

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