Packing is one of the most essential things when it comes to any type of relocation. If you’re moving across the country, you need to be fully prepared and ready to handle the packing process. Anyone who has experience with relocation knows that packing is not an easy process, especially if it’s your first time moving. People tend to underestimate how much time they will actually need in order to pack all of their belongings. It can sometimes take up to 2-3 days for your packing to be complete. After all, you’re not going on vacation – you’re moving! If you want to do everything properly and make sure that everything is safely packed, you need to dedicate some time to this process. One of the most important steps towards a successful packing is making sure that you have all the necessary supplies that you will need. Here is a brief overview of the packing supplies and materials you should grab:
First of all, you will need different sized moving boxes, to accommodate all of your belonging:
- Small boxes
- Medium boxes
- Large boxes
- Extra large boxes
You can also consider repurposing some of your old bins or shoes boxes, these are a great option if you would like to save some money!
Then you will need some good quality tape, which will help to seal your boxes properly:
- Shipping tape
- Tape dispenser
- Duct tape and/or strapping tape
- Masking tape, if you want to label your boxes
Other useful things to get include box cutters, hand trucks, dollies, protective gloves for hands, permanent markers for labeling, etc.
The next most important thing that you need will need is packaging material. The best kinds of packaging material are:
- Bubble wrap
- Foam peanuts
- Packing paper
You can also use cheaper alternatives, such as old newspaper, old linens, sheets, etc. It is also important to have things that you can protect some of your items with. For example, you need to make sure that you floor is covered while moving things around or while cleaning. The best thing to use for this purpose are felt pads, or even old blankets! Twine, rope, tie downs or bungee ropes will protect your furniture and boxes from moving during transportation. If you want to color-code the packed items, simply get some colored highlighters, sharpies, sticky notes, etc.
You will also need some basic cleaning supplies, so that you can clean everything up after you’re done with packing. These include:
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- Broom and a dustpan
PRO TIP: Hire a packing crew!
Cross Country Moving Group offer many convenient moving services, amongst which are, of course, our packing services. Our packing crew consists of professional and experienced staff, which will definitely make the packing process easy and stress-free. If you’re worried about how you’re going to handle it on your own, let us help you! We will supply all the necessary packaging materials, moving boxes, etc. If you wish to hire our packing crew, give us a call right away!