How to Pack Boxes for Moving
Packing a moving box – it’s a pretty simple concept right? Throw the stuff into a box, tape it and label it. While that is true to an extent, there are certainly steps that you can take to significantly simplify the process and ensure damage-free transit. Stick around for general tips and a step by step guide on how to pack boxes for moving.
Box Packing Tips
Here are some general things to keep in mind when preparing for and packing your boxes:
Estimate the number of boxes you think you will need and double it
If there is one certainty in moving, and that is that you will always have more stuff to move than you think you will. So make a conservative estimate on how many boxes you think you will need, and double it.
Start packing as early as 10 days prior to move out day. It will take longer than you think. Start only with items that you know you will not be needing anytime soon – wall art, spare bedding, storage room items, old toys, etc.
Pack everything (except your essentials)
If it will fit into a box, put it in there. This will eliminate trips to and from the moving truck, saving time and money.
Keep your essentials in a personal bag
Medication, toiletries, etc. should go into a personal bag. Also be sure to keep things such as cleaning supplies and spare toilet paper unpacked until the last minute.
Pack like items together
Pack food with food, bedding with bedding, etc. It will make packing and unpacking easier and more organized.
Use packing paper and bubble wrap for fragile items
Glassware, antiques, and anything that could crack or break should be carefully wrapped in lots of paper or bubble wrap.
Keep spillable items upright
Be sure to keep liquid items upright, primarily bathroom items without tight caps such as soap dispensers, shampoo, etc. Also label the box with an up arrow so you or your movers remember to not tip it.
Keep boxes open until final move out day
Keep boxes open for at least a few days – this allows you to add to and remove items from them if needed.
Label boxes in detail
Label boxes with as much detail as possible. Include the room name, and any specific items that are important. Also mark fragile boxes, boxes that need to stay upright, and boxes that should not be stacked on top of. Examples: “Kitchen chinaware + beer glasses. TPO (top pack only/no stack)” John’s bathroom: toiletries. Keep upright”