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How to Pack for a Move: A Complete Checklist

Updated: Mar 8

One of the most stressful aspects of moving is packing. When considering how to pack for a move, a smart approach is first to gather the moving supplies you’ll need and then systematically go room-by-room until the job is done. Follow our checklist for moving to make the process more manageable and creates less stress.


General moving and packing tips

Packing is one of the most crucial phases of moving. By organising items based on common functions, room use, or other factors, it makes it easier to keep track of your belongings during transport and unpack at your new place.

Here are some easy packing guidelines:

  • Pack like items together. Start packing each box with a layer of padding – it can be newspapers, bubble wrap, or household goods, like blankets or towels. Then, put the heaviest items into the box first.

  • Label each box by room and by its contents.

  • Pack a box of essentials. Must-have items like: screwdrivers, hammers, snacks, drinks, toothbrushes, a change of clothes, paper plates, plastic utensils and cups, a first-aid kit, medications, etc.

  • Refrain from filling boxes to the brim. This prevents boxes from becoming super heavy and reduces the likelihood that they break or are dropped during transit.

That settled, let’s move from room to room with packing checklists and tips.

Start by gathering your moving supplies

To ensure a successful move, you’ll need the following moving supplies:

  1. Boxes: There are lots of options for finding cheap or free moving boxes. Use websites like NextDoor Neighbour to search for used boxes or ask your friends and family. Gather a variety of sizes and make sure the packing boxes are in good condition.

  2. Bubble wrap: Bubble wrap keeps your items protected during the move. And best of all, you can buy it at office supply or department stores inexpensively or find it free on Facebook Marketplace.

  3. Dolly: Carrying boxes between places becomes taxing and could lead to drops. To prevent them from happening, rent a dolly from a home improvement store or moving company as it makes moving much easier.

How to pack for moving, room-by-room

Start by making an inventory of the items you plan to take. Do this based on each room — this will help you organise faster and keep track of your valuable possessions. From there, gather moving supplies such as packing and moving boxes, padding, tape, and blankets — everything you’d need to protect your things during transit.

When you go to pack your items, try to combine them based on function — for example, pack kitchen supplies together.


Lastly, don’t forget to mark your moving boxes so you know exactly where it goes in your new home. On the top and sides of your box note the room name, the contents of the box, and whether or not items inside of the box are fragile. For example, a box you packed from the kitchen could say: “kitchen/everyday dishes/fragile.”



All credit to original poster - My Moves

https://www.mymove.com/moving/guides/packing-checklist/

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