Basic Packing tips for Moving
Basic Packing Tips for Moving
At some point in almost every person’s life, they need to move. Sometimes, it’s just a few miles away. For others, it’s halfway across the world. Wherever you’re headed, understanding a few basic packing tips for moving can make the whole process much simpler – and keep your belongings safe throughout the trip there!
Basic packing supplies you’ll need
You’ve probably heard that the right tools make all the difference. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to packing. While professional movers like Hilldrup Mayflower have all kinds of fancy tools, the average person can get by with a few basic ones.
To start, here is what you’ll need:
- Cardboard boxes
- Packing tape
- Old newspapers or packaging paper
- Rubber bands
- Bubble wrap
- Box cutter
- Tissue paper
Getting set up to start packing for your move
Once you have everything, you want to make sure your box is secure. First, run a strip of packing tape across the bottom seam, going up each side approximately six inches. Second, crumble up enough newspaper or packaging paper to cover the bottom of the box. This will help create a softer layer for the items at the bottom of the box should it drop or not be placed down gently.
How to pack your belongings
It’s generally best to wrap each item individually with tissue paper or bubble wrap if it’s fragile and needs extra protection. While this might seem tedious, it helps ensure that items don’t rub against each other, which could result in scuffs or scratches. How many items you can put in each box depends on how much weight it can hold. Any standard moving box will have a stamp indicating its weight limit.
Make sure everything is secure to move
Once your moving box is all packed, you’ll want to make sure it’s properly labeled and closed. Use your marker to write the room it needs to go to once you’ve reached your destination. Pro tip, write the room name on the side and not the top. People often stack boxes, which covers up the label should it be on the top of the box.
Last, run another strip of packing tape across the top to securely close the box. While it’s okay to stack boxes to save space as you’re making your way through each room of your home, be careful not to stand too many on top of one another, which could potentially cause damage to the ones on the bottom.
Staying safe during your move
Following these basic packing tips for moving can help keep your belongings safe and your stress level low during your move. When it comes time to move the boxes, be sure to lift with your legs – and not your back – and to know your limits. If a box seems a bit heavy, have a partner help you move it to and from your vehicle.
If you have any items you can’t move yourself or need a few extra pair of hands, give us a call. We can help with any move to anywhere.