General Packing Tips

Making sure you have all the appropriate moving supplies is an important step in preparing for your move. When preparing your belongings before a move, make sure all of your items, whether fragile or not, are packed using the correct materials.

Choose the right box: Use a box that's strong enough to protect the contents and large enough to leave space for adequate cushioning. New boxes are best, but if you choose a previously used box, make sure you remove old shipping labels, and make sure the box is in good shape with no weak spots or cracks.

Bonus packing tip: Old or new, make sure the box is made of heavy corrugated cardboard. To purchase boxes online, click here for availability and prices.

Protect and Pack: Don't skimp on cushioning material! Use 1-inch bubble wrap. Pack items tightly to avoid shifting, and make sure the cushioning material covers all sides of the object. If you're shipping several items together, wrap each one separately and provide enough cushioning to prevent movement. To purchase bubble wrap boxes online, click here for availability and prices.

Bonus packing tip: You can never have too much cushioning!

Seal Carefully: After packing, gently shake the box. If nothing moves, it's ready to be sealed. For a strong seal, always use packing tape that is designed for shipping. You can order packing tape and other materials for free delivery in 1-2 days.

Bonus packing tip: Cover all seams with tape, and be sure not to leave any open areas which could snag.

Label Your Boxes: For a local move, label your boxes according to the room where the items should go at the destination (kitchen, basement, bedroom, etc.). If you're shipping boxes long-distance, label each box with the name and address of the shipping destination.

Bonus packing tip: Create an extra label for each box and put it inside, in case the outside label gets torn or defaced.

Shipping Insurance: This is not a packing tip, but it is important: If your items are being shipped long-distance, make sure you have the proper shipping insurance.

Packing Materials Checklist

Boxes - Boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Use a box that is strong enough to protect the contents and large enough to leave space for adequate cushioning. Click to select and order boxes.

Magic Marker - Label every box with your first and last name, what room the contents belong to, whether the items are fragile, and the address of the final destination. Create an extra label for inside the box in case the outer label is worn away during the move.

Packing Tape - Use tape designed for packing and be sure to cover all seams. Click to select and order packing tape.

Bubble Wrap - Can be used to wrap and protect fragile items. Make sure to be generous with cushioning material. Click to select and order bubble wrap.

Newsprint Paper - Can be used to help cushion items.