Essential Moving and Packing Supplies Checklist
Moving has been ranked as one of the top five most stressful events in life, and it is easy to see why. There are many things to look into when relocating – organising the packing, coordinating the move itself, making sure everything is accounted for – and all these can be both physically and mentally draining.
To help make the entire process a little easier, here is a checklist for some essential moving and packing supplies.
The first thing that comes to mind when dealing with a move is boxes.
When buying boxes, bear in mind that you will need different sizes, and some items will require heavy-duty boxes. Corrugated cardboard, for example, is important for drinking glasses or ceramics, as it provides extra protection. Meanwhile, boxboard sheets can be used as dividers in boxes to separate and protect glass bottles or other fragile items.
You can consider specialty moving boxes for certain items, such as artwork, mirrors, and lamp boxes.
A good tip to follow is to use small boxes for heavy items, such as books, so that it can be easily carried. Conversely, lightweight objects can go into large boxes.
Newspapers are one of the cheapest and most practical cushioning supplies. They are versatile too – you can crush them into tight balls of paper before using them to cushion fragile and breakable items; insert crumpled pieces to fill out empty spaces in the box to secure the contents; or simply use them to wrap your items.
Permanent markers are essential for labelling boxes, to ensure that whatever is written does not fade or get washed away. Besides writing, you can also use coloured markers or stickers for labelling. Try assigning a colour to all boxes from one room of the house, for example, or use a special sticker to help you identify a box’s contents without actually writing it down. This is a great method to protect valuables like cash or jewellery in boxes, because you won’t have to spell it out for the world to know and risk losing them in transit.
You might want to keep a roll of packing tape with you at all times! Besides sealing boxes shut, packing tapes can be used to repackage boxes that had to be opened for various reasons, secure furniture parts together, and tape screws and tools to the underside of tables and desks.
Other than the items listed above, you should also have with you a pair of scissors or box cutters, some rope, rubber bands, as well as a basic toolkit that includes a hammer, a screwdriver, pliers, and a measuring tape. As you sift through your belongings, you will need trash bags to throw things out too. And don’t forget a pen and a notebook, for you to jot down important information or directions.