How to Properly Pack for a Move and What You’ll Need

Packing for a move can be daunting, but with the right approach and tools, you can protect your belongings and make the unpacking process much smoother. Here’s a step-by-step guide from on how to pack effectively for a move:

1. Gather Packing Supplies
Before you start packing, you’ll need the following supplies:

Boxes of Various Sizes: Small boxes for heavy items (like books) and larger boxes for lighter, bulky items (like linens).
Packing Tape: Heavy-duty tape to securely close the boxes.
Bubble Wrap or Packing Paper: For wrapping fragile items.
Permanent Markers: For labeling boxes.
Stretch Wrap: For wrapping furniture and protecting it from scratches.
Packing Peanuts: Useful filler for boxes with fragile items.

2. Declutter and Sort
Before packing, declutter and get rid of items you no longer need. Sort items by category: clothes, books, kitchenware, etc.

3. Start Packing Early
Begin with items you use less frequently. Seasonal items, rarely used appliances, and books can be packed weeks in advance.

4. Pack Room by Room
Packing room-by-room helps to keep things organized. Label each box with its respective room and a brief description of its contents.

5. Fragile Items
Glassware and Plates: Wrap each piece individually with bubble wrap or packing paper. Place them vertically, not flat, in the box.
Electronics: If possible, pack them in their original boxes. If not, use bubble wrap to ensure they’re cushioned and secure.

6. Heavy Items
Never overpack boxes. Remember, if you can’t lift it, neither can the movers. Use smaller boxes for heavy items like books.

7. Clothes
You can leave clothes in drawers if the furniture isn’t too heavy. Alternatively, use wardrobe boxes, which allow you to hang clothes inside.

8. Seal and Label
Tape the bottom of boxes securely. After packing, tape the top shut and label each box with its contents and destination room.

9. Pack an Essentials Box
Pack a box of essentials you’ll need immediately upon moving in: toiletries, a change of clothes, essential kitchen items, medications, and important documents.

10. Protect Your Furniture
Dismantle furniture if necessary. Use stretch wrap to protect furniture surfaces. For extra protection, use moving blankets or old bed sheets.

By following these packing tips, you’ll ensure the safety of your belongings during transit. Remember, taking the time to pack properly can save you time and stress when you’re settling into your new place.