How to Pack for a Long Distance Move

Father and sonSo you’ve found the best long distance moving company already, and moving day is fast approaching, so you’ve turned your attention to the preparations you will have to make in order to hold up your end of the relocation deal. For most people, this means packing everything they own into moving boxes and getting those boxes ready for the movers who will arrive to load them all into a truck. Of course, packing up your home might seem as easy as throwing everything into these common cardboard containers, but if you want to ensure that everything you pack makes it to your new home, undamaged, then the process requires a little more effort than that.

Especially if you are long distance moving, you need to take special care in packing everything so that it doesn’t shift while it is in the back of a moving truck. There will be bumps in the road, and sharp curves that will cause things to shift in the back of the truck, but if you’ve packed everything well enough, nothing inside the containers will bounce around and break. Here are some helpful tips that can ensure your goods are packed in the best way possible.

Use the Right Tools

One of the best ways to ensure the safety of your goods is to use the right kinds of moving boxes for the items you are packing. If you need to pack pictures and mirrors, then invest in flat picture boxes. Similarly, if you need to pack glasses and other fragile items that are fairly small, obtain a cell kit and pack these things in their own individual place within a larger box. There are wardrobe boxes for clothing, which will allow you to hang things up inside the box, and there are different sized boxes for the other items in your home. While these specialty packing supplies may end up costing more in the long run, using the right supplies to pack will always save you the trouble of an insurance claim later on.

Weed Out What You Don’t Need

If you don’t need it, then why should you go through the trouble of packing it up and taking it to your new home? Chances are, there are tons of things in your home that you don’t really need and that you don’t really use. You can save time and energy by weeding these things out instead of packing them. You can easily donate these things to get them out of your home quickly, but if you choose to schedule a garage sale before moving day arrives, you might even be able to make some money to put towards your moving expenses.

Be Overly Organized

The more organized you are, the easier things will be when you arrive at your new home. Beyond that, if you are organized and you know what is packed where, and in what condition it was in when you packed it, filing insurance claims against damaged goods, should there be any, will be much easier. So how do you stay organized when your entire home is in disarray? Here are a few simple tips:

  • Take pictures of the insides of the boxes before you seal them as proof of condition and so you know where things are.
  • Label each box with a permanent marker, which can tell the movers what room the box belongs in, but don’t be too specific as to the contents within. If you are packing valuable items, you can help to keep them safer just by being vague in your description.
  • If you pack something fragile, be sure that you write ‘fragile’ on the box.
  • Create your own inventory list and include each box, along with a brief description of what’s in it.
  • Keep important paperwork in one area and don’t pack it!
  • Create a packing area where you can keep all of your boxes, along with your packing tape, markers, labels, and inventory sheets.

Pack for the Long Haul

Remember, if you are moving over long distances, you need to ensure that your goods are packed in the most protective manner possible. While you can be overly organized and use the right containers for the task, if you don’t pack them with care, you’re still going to end up with broken goods on the other end of the move. To that end, here are some simple tips that can help you make entirely sure your goods make it to your new home without any trouble.

  • Stuff packing paper into glasses and wrap them with more packing paper to protect them.
  • Use packing paper and bubble wrap to protect dishes, cups, and fragile items.
  • Use all the space in each box that you pack. Any open space allows the items inside to shift. If you can’t fill the space with something to be packed, then fill it with packing paper.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavier things like books, and use larger boxes for the lighter goods.
  • Always get insurance, no matter how well you think you’ve packed your goods.

Moving over long distances can be hard, especially if you are looking at things from the perspective of packing everything you own. Thankfully, by keeping these simple things in mind, you can approach the packing process with confidence, knowing that everything you place into your boxes is packed in a way that will protect it from the rigors of a long distance move.