Packing & Moving Supplies Checklist
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Are you moving soon or know someone who is? They say the average person in the United States moves 11.4 times in his or her lifetime…crazy, right???
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1.Boxes – It goes without saying, you will need boxes. The best way I’ve found to get boxes is to simply ask your local stores to save them for you. If you need more boxes or a certain type of box, you can also order them from Amazon.
2. Scissors – More than likely you will already have a pair of scissors at your house.
3. Box Cutter – I would also recommend a box cutter. A box cutter is much easier and safer to cut boxes, and you will also need it to break down the boxes once you unpack at your new house.
4. Packing Tape – Heavy duty packing tape is a must! You want shipping packing tape that will provide excellent holding power and a strong seal on all of your boxes. Plan on buying at least several rolls, depending on how much you have to pack. It also helps if you buy packing tape with a dispenser like the ones here. There is nothing worse than fighting with a roll of tape while you’re trying to pack.
5. Packing Peanuts & Bubble Wrap – packing peanuts help to prevent shifting of items while in the box. They are great to use with electronics and many other items. bubble wrap also works well for many breakable items. You can find bubble wrap and packing peanuts at many box stores such as Walmart, or order online from Amazon. You can also make use of old blankets, pillows, and towels!
6. Sharpie – I would recommend purchasing several of these to write on boxes in case you lose one or have several family members that need to use them.
7. Sticker Labels – Some people write directly on the box when they label, but color-coded labels make things much easier to find. FRAGILE stickers are also great to use to distinguish which items to use extra care with when moving. You can purchase the labels online, or download and print FREE labels here.
8. Rope, Tie Downs, & Bungee Cords – You will need these to help secure your heavier items such as your washer and dryer, and refrigerator. If you hired a moving company, they more than likely will have these.
9. Blankets – Use the blankets to help protect furniture. You can also purchase moving blankets or sometimes even rent specialty moving blankets from companies such as U-Haul or Penske.
10. Basic Cleaning Supplies – Take stock of what you already have. You will need a broom, mop, all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, microfiber towels, paper towels, and other basic items. Magic Erasers also work great for getting scuff marks off of walls during the move!
11. First Aid Kit – Hopefully this is something you will not have to use, but it’s good to have on hand just in case for any minor scrapes or incidents.. You can purchase a pre-filled kit or make your own with items such as band-aids, antiseptic towelettes, antibiotic ointment, and gauze pads.
12. Hand Truck or Dolly – If you already own one of these great! I would not, however, recommend going out and purchasing one unless you plan on using it several times again. The good heavy duty ones are fairly expensive. You can rent one for about $15 a day from many local tool or appliance stores such as Home Depot or Lowes or if you’ve rented a moving van they usually also rent them out. If you have hired movers, they usually supply their own dolly to use.
Moving can be overwhelming, but the right supplies and a little planning can make your transition much easier!
Do you have a moving tip or item you found helpful during a move? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!