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The Ultimate New Apartment Grocery List

Need a shopping list for Your New Apartment? The Experts at Georgetown Moving Have You Covered!

Checklist of grocery essentials for first apartment

Moving to a new apartment is exciting! Maybe you’re moving to the DC area to attend college and this is your very first apartment, or relocating to an apartment in the city. Whatever the case,  your new home will need to be stocked with all of the grocery essentials you’ve grown accustomed to.

Of course, you probably sold, donated, or left many things behind to make your move easier and more affordable. This means you now need to visit the grocery store as soon as possible to stock up on kitchen and food supplies.

This ultimate new apartment grocery list can help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed before going!

Helpful Tips When Deciding What To Buy at the Grocery Store

Make the right preparations before heading to the grocery store, so you don’t shop without knowing what you have and what you need. 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 this time. Without a list, it’s easy to buy what you don’t really need or forget about certain essentials. Sort your list into categories to help you navigate the store efficiently. This shortens your trip so you can get home and keep settling in.
  • Plan to make more than one trip: You have a lot on your plate after moving into a new apartment. To simplify your first grocery trip, only shop for the basics. 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.

The Grocery List of Essentials for a First Apartment

If you’re moving into your first apartment, then you have likely have only the bare minimum on kitchen essentials. This list is meant to make life easier for the first few days when you put together what you need. Of course, your necessities may vary from those listed, but use this as a guide to jog your memory and help you include everything you need on your own 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
  • Cooking oil
  • Honey
  • Coffee

Baking Essentials

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


  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Deli meat
  • Beef, chicken, fish, or other proteins
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables


  • Waffles
  • French fries
  • Ice cream or popsicles
  • 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

Toiletries Shopping List

  • 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
  • Pain and cold/flu medication
  • Vitamins
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm

Paper Products & Cleaning/Household 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
  • Batteries

Move With Georgetown Moving and Storage Company

If your 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.

We also 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.

Contact us at (703) 889-8899 today to request a free moving estimate!

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