How to pack

Add method to the madness with these packing tips

You can make packing your things a lot easier with these simple techniques:


Use the proper packing materials. It will pay off in the long run! Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts can all be purchased at local moving or shipping companies. Wardrobe boxes and other specialty boxes can be found there too. Sturdy boxes can also be retrieved from wholesale companies, at no charge, after a shipment. Other great types of reasonably priced padding for your boxes include wadded-up newspaper, old pillows and blankets.

The following is a list of tools and materials to make your packing go more smoothly:

  • Razor knife and/or scissors
  • Note pad
  • Dark, water-resistant marker
  • Boxes of all sizes
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts

Pack one room at a time, labeling each box appropriately (on top and side) with a description of its contents and which room the box belongs in. Also label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items with “Fragile.” Keep a detailed list of what items are packed in each box to make unpacking easier.

Empty all drawers of breakable or spillable items. To safeguard against unnecessary damage, it’s a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in one container that you can keep with you so the parts won’t get lost.

Do not pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil-based paints, and certain cleaning fluids.

Wrap items individually and always place a layer of crushed paper in the bottom of the carton for cushioning. Fill empty spaces with additional crushed paper.

Make sure cartons are firmly packed, with heavier items on bottom and lighter ones on top.

Pack according to the season if you’ll be putting some boxes in storage. Mark the boxes accordingly

Put heavy items in small boxes so that they’re easier to carry.

Make sure the items you’ll need first are loaded in last when packing the truck. You’ll make access easier for the things you need (ie. kids toys, kitchen items, telephone and radio).

Use common sense when loading your truck by keeping in mind the size, sturdiness, and weight of your boxes.

Plan ahead for what you’ll need the first day after your move. Packing a separate bag with your toiletries, a change of clothes, etc. will prevent unnecessary scrambling or a run to the local store.

Move on a weekday, if possible. Banks, utilities and government offices will be open if you need them.

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