Monday, 12 May 2008

Moving - Packing Materials and Packing Tips

By Hilary Basile

In the long run, it pays to purchase the right packing materials. Purchase sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts from moving companies and truck rental firms. Supplement with crumpled paper, blankets and pillows. Even clothing can serve as a buffer between breakable objects. Then, pack with a plan.
Packing Tips:

Keep the following packing supplies on-hand: boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper, tape, scissors and a tape measure.

Keep them to 20 kg or less. Put heavier items in small boxes and lighter items in big boxes.

Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes so they are not too heavy.

Use clean newspapers to wrap items and bubble wrap for padding.

Pack breakables loosely in plastic storage bins with lots of bubble wrap.

Rent furniture pads (blankets).

Mark your boxes by room so you know exactly where everything goes. Use color coding or a numbering system, such as blue stickers for your son's bedroom or the number 1 for kitchen items.

Use your towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.

Write "FRAGILE" on all the ones containing breakables and stack these on top.

Purchase boxes specifically designed for certain household items, such as wardrobe boxes.

Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws.
Tape any removed screws to the objects they were removed from.

Pack books tightly in small boxes. If they smell musty, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave the books stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.

Clean rugs and draperies before moving and leave them in the wrappings for the move.

Pack medicine and medications in a leak-proof container.

Carry all valuables with you.

Check with your local Department of Agriculture for regulations on moving plants from one state to another since some states have restrictions in an effort to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.

Packing for a move using a good technique and the right materials can mean an easier move and fewer broken items!
Hilary Basile is a writer for at, you will find valuable tips and resources for handling life's major events. Whether you're planning a wedding, buying your first home, anxiously awaiting the birth of a child, contending with a divorce, searching for a new job, or planning for your retirement, you'll find answers to your questions at