The Essential Things To Pack When Moving

pile of Moving Boxes

When you’re in the midst of a move, it’s hard to nail down exactly what you’ll need on hand to help you pack. Here, we’ve compiled a handy list that you can use as your go-to packing guide.

What You Need For Packing For A Move

  • Boxes of various sizes
  • Plastic tubs with lids for storage
  • Packing material like bubble wrap, newspaper, packing peanuts, etc.
  • Tape and tape dispensers
    • Duct tape
    • Packing tape
    • Masking tape for labeling
    • Painter’s tape for quick touch-ups
  • Scissors, box cutters
  • Stickers for labeling and color-coding boxes to each room
  • Permanent marker
  • Trash bags
  • Furniture pads and covers (blankets work just as well)
  • Dollies and hand trucks
  • Rope, twine, bungee cords to hold things in place during transport
  • Padlocks if items will be in the moving van overnight
  • Toolbox
  • Cleaning supplies

Once you’ve moved past the packing supplies, you’ll want to make sure you have your personal essentials easily accessible. The last thing you want to do on your first night in your new house is unpack a hundred boxes trying to find your toothbrush. Pack these items up last, as you’ll want to make sure they’re the first things you grab from the moving van.

Moving Essentials and Travel Necessities

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap and dish towel
  • Paper towels
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Plates, utensils, napkins
  • Pet supplies
  • Emergency kit, first-aid kit
  • Flashlight, candles, matches
  • Shower curtain
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and other related items
  • Personal information, like birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, etc.
  • Clothes for the upcoming days
  • Toiletries
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Electronics and accompanying chargers
  • Cooler, ice or ice packs
  • Medicine, prescriptions
  • Cell phone
  • Sheets, blankets
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Anything else you may need within 24 hours of packing and moving

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