Practical Packing: Packing Essentials and Tips
SUPPLIES FOR PACKING:
- Strong packing boxes
- Bubble wrap for packing fragile items
- Tissue and ink-free packing paper
*** for supplies: http://uboxes.com/
- Knife for opening boxes
- Several broad-tip markers to label boxes
- Rolls of packing tape
Pack rugs last so they can be the first items unloaded and placed at your new location.
- Get more boxes than you think you will need.
- Get smaller boxes for books. Use bigger boxes for lighter items.
- Pack room-by-room, keeping similar items together.
- Reinforce the bottom of boxes with at least one strip of packing tape.
- Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.
- Use crumpled paper for padding. Seal boxes tightly with wide packing tape.
- Pack records and CDs vertically in boxes. Don't stack them flat.
- Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
- Separate items with paper to prevent scratches caused by rubbing.
- Remove lids from jars and ceramics. Wrap each separately.
- Seal any opened boxes and bottles before packing them to avoid spills and leakage.
- Use towels, linens, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items. Clearly mark these boxes "FRAGILE."
- Use a jumbo box for lampshades and cushion them well.
- When disassembling furniture, beds, lamps, etc. put the hardware into a plastic bag along with any assembly tips and tape it onto the item itself.
- If possible ask your mover if you can leave clothes in dresser drawers. Find out from your movers how they want hanging clothes packed.
- Make a master list of all household items and your belongings.
- Number boxes when they are packed and sealed. Clearly indicate on the box its room destination. Write on the master list the contents of the numbered boxes.
- Make a box of essentials and label it "Open Me First." Put this box to the side to be loaded last (so it's unloaded first) or move it yourself.
- Your Essentials Box may include:
- Basic tools such as flashlights, pocket knife, hammer, screwdrivers, nails, masking tape, tape measure, and light bulbs.
- Bathroom essentials such as hand towel, soap, toilet paper, shampoo, and shower curtains.
- Kitchen goodies such as paper towels, coffeemaker and filters, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, dish detergent, a sponge, pet foods, dishes, and trash bags.