One of the most exciting things about planning a military wedding, or any wedding for that matter, is creating a wedding registry. When Connor and I got married, I spent days researching the best appliances and dinnerware, and even more time adding to and reviewing the registry that we created.
Now we’ve been married for a little over a year, and I don’t know where we’d be without the generous wedding gifts we were given. I will say, to my amazement actually, we use all of our gifts all the time, and we couldn’t be more thankful for them! But, there are a few gifts that have found a place in our daily/weekly routines. They’re our “must-haves” if you will. Today, I want to share with you what some of those items are, and why you also must have them on your wedding registry!
As an army wife especially, these items come in handy through the wide range life chapters we go through. Sometimes, we have to live out of hotels while our solider is training or stationed short term. Sometimes, it takes weeks for the moving truck to make it to our house after a PCS, and we have live off the bare minimum. Other times, we’re just busy being an army wife, mom, or at work, and these items become necessary to our organization and sanity.
Quite simply, no matter what our living situation is, these are the items that I couldn’t live without; literally, I will pack these things in a suitcase and take them on the plane with me during our next move if I have to (but not really because some of them obviously can’t be taken on an airplane). Anyway, here we go!
Our slow cooker actually inspired this post. It is a lifesaver! There are so many recipes out there for slow cookers, from meats, to dips, and even desserts. If you have a power outlet and some ingredients, there is no end to the kinds of meals you can make.
At some point in the next few years, my husband and I will be living out of a hotel for an extended period of time (maybe three months, maybe a year). Our slow cooker is coming with. Many hotels don’t have kitchenettes, and I cannot image eating only takeout and microwavable meals for that long. I already know our slow cooker is going to be a lifesaver. Even in our comfy apartment, I use the slow cooker all the time for easy, good meals that require little cleanup. You can see what slow cooker we use here.
Definitely include some really nice storage containers on the wedding registry. We have some plastic storage containers, but we also received some glass storage containers as a wedding gift. Again, these make meal prep so much nicer. Can you say “leftovers from slow cooker night”? Especially when you’re living out of a hotel or your nice cookware set hasn’t arrived from your last post yet, leftovers make life so much easier.
I love my rice cooker! It’s up there with our slow cooker, because all you really need are ingredients and a power outlet. Rice can be paired with a lot of things for a super easy meal, and our rice cooker can also be used to steam vegetables. What?! Double score, and lots of yummy meals!
This is the link to our awesome rice cooker!
Now this is one that we actually have carried on the plane before. We sacrificed our “personal item” to make sure that our Keurig stayed by our side all the way to its next home. Weird? Yes. Necessary? Yes! If you don’t know how much we need our coffee in the morning, then this little story should give you a good idea. Nothing could possibly be worse than having an entire house worth of boxes to unpack and not having a cup of coffee beforehand.
A quick side note about the Keurig: I encourage you to also put a reusable Keurig filter on your wedding registry. Not only does this save the environment from all the little pods laying around, it will also save you a lot of money!
These are amazing for food storage, such as coffee, tea, sugar, or cereal. Plus, they are so cute! We use ours mainly for coffee storage, which keeps everything fresh for when we make our morning coffee using our refillable Keurig cups. There are lots of ceramic canisters out there, but we got ours here, from our Crate and Barrel Registry.
Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to avoid drinking water straight out of the tap. Especially if I’m in an unfamiliar place. Our Brita filter makes me feel so much better about drinking water, and it packs pretty well in a suitcase (just stuff some rolled up socks inside and you’re good to go).
Nice bed sheets
Even if your bed hasn’t arrived yet from your last station, you can set up bed sheets on the floor or on top of sleeping bags. It just makes the first few nights much more comfortable and homey. They also pack well, so you can easily bring them along in your suitcase.
When the bed does arrive, nice sheets make all the difference! We asked for two pairs of bed sheets on our wedding registry (so we would always have a clean pair) and I am so happy that we have them!
Picture it: you’ve arrived in your new home, you smell like car or airplane, you’ve been unpacking a few things all day, and at the end of the day, all you want is to take a shower. You’re definitely going to need bath towels right away, and a wedding registry is a great way to get some really nice ones.
I guess this is more of a luxury than a necessity, but if fruit or smoothies is a regular part of your diet, then I highly recommend a Nutri Ninja! These do travel well too, and can help you make sure that you get your fruits and veggies in your diet when you otherwise don’t have time to think about it.
While this one certainly wouldn’t fit in your carry-on luggage, it is one of the first things you’re going to want to reach for when you move into a new home. Ask for a nice vacuum on your wedding registry! If you’re moving into a new home via road-trip, I would definitely make sure it’s in the car with you too. I love our vacuum, and it isn’t too expensive like some are, so I felt ok about asking for it as a gift!
What are/were some of the must-have items on your wedding registry? What can you not live without now??