Packing for a Long-Distance Move

Is a long-distance move in your future? While packing up to move down the street can feel like a hassle, moving across the country can be a major undertaking. You need to take extra steps to ensure that nothing is damaged and the process is as smooth as possible. That way, when you get to your new home unpacking will feel much less stressful. Here’s what you need to do when you’re packing for a long-distance move.

Downsize your stuff

Don’t schlep things you don’t need or use hundreds or thousands of miles to your new home. It will cost you both additional time and money to take with you things you no longer want. Before you start packing, sort through your belongings and determine what you can let go of. These items can then be sold or donated. It’s a great way to make a little extra cash to offset the cost of your move.

Make an inventory list

You don’t realize how much stuff you have until it’s time to put it all in boxes. In order to keep track of everything, make an inventory list as you go. That way you’ll know if there are any boxes or items that don’t arrive in your new location.

Invest in quality supplies

Yes, you can save on moving costs if you ask your local market for used boxes to pack your stuff in. But when you’re moving long-distance you need to invest in quality supplies. Your boxes are going to be traveling many miles and may get knocked around a bit in a moving truck. Purchase heavy-duty boxes from a moving supply company, use bubble wrap to cushion delicate items, and wrap furniture and other large pieces in moving blankets. And don’t forget to buy several rolls of packing tape — you’ll need it!

Determine where items will go in your new place

Chances are you won’t be able to set up your new home exactly like you set up your current home. For this reason, you should determine where items will go in your new home. This will help to streamline the process of unpacking and save you time as you get settled in your new place.

Organize as you pack

Since you’ve determined where items will go in your new home, you should organize them that way when you’re packing. Items that go in the same room should be packed together. First, pack the items you don’t regularly use. Label everything clearly so you know exactly what’s in each box. Be sure to write “fragile” on boxes with items that can be easily broken. Make it even easier by color-coding boxes by room.

Pack a survival kit

Finally, you’ll want to pack a survival kit that you can rely on for the first few days in your new home. These are bags or boxes that you will keep with you. Include those things you need every day like a change of clothes, toiletries, phones and laptops (with chargers), bedding, and medications. Include some things to keep you entertained the first few days like board games and movies.

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