Your stuff will never survive the truck ride on shoeboxes and Scotch tape. Here’s a list of all the supplies you need to properly pack your entire home.
Purchase clean, dry cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes if your moving company doesn’t already provide them.
Order wardrobe boxes, partitioned “dish pack” boxes and other containers designed for specific items.
Buy a large roll, and cut sheets for padding boxes and wrapping breakable items.
Plastic Storage Bags
Use gallon-size bags for grouping small items, and snack-size bags for rounding up screws and fasteners.
Packing Paper or Plain Newsprint
Avoid using newspaper for stuffing and wrapping fragile items; the ink may stain some materials (and your hands).
Bright Tissue Paper
Use it to wrap small items that are easily lost or may be mistaken for trash.
White Tissue Paper
Use it for stuffing and wrapping lampshades; packing paper is too stiff.
Buy multiple rolls, and at least one dispenser for each person who will help you pack.
Mark each box with its contents (except for valuables) and the room where it belongs.
Choose thick-tipped markers for strong, clear labeling.
Small Colored Stickers
Use them for labeling electronics cords, color-coding boxes and more.
Corral throw pillows and stuffed animals inside bags, and label them like boxes so they’re not mistaken for trash.
Half-empty boxes don’t stack properly; trim boxes to fit their contents.
You’ll need an assortment of screwdrivers, wrenches and fasteners for disassembling and reassembling furniture.
Plastic Stretch Wrap
Wrap it around furniture to secure drawers, or use it to bundle curtain rods and other awkwardly shaped items.
Purchase ones sized to fit your mattress; they’re easiest to carry.
Drop Cloths or Old Sheets
Drape them over furniture for protection.
Wrap large furniture to protect it inside the truck.
Measure odd-shaped items to find a box that fits.
Notepad & Pen
Jot down directions, measurements and notes.