Let’s Move It: Packing 101

Hey y’all! Yikes… that was extremely Texan. On Monday we talked about how to find the perfect apartment. If you’ve found your apartment, now it’s all about the packing. There are a few things I would like to cover with this. Of course there is the mandatory list of must have supplies, and then a couple of tips to go along with that.

The Hunt for the Perfect Apartment

Must Have Packing Supplies

  • a ton of medium sized boxes
  • packing tape
  • pocket knife
  • blankets
  • towels
  • contractor sized trash bags
  • acid free paper (especially if you have artwork)
  • newspaper
  • masking tape
  • bold sharpies

Packing Tip#1: Pack in the Same Size Boxes

Do yourself a favor… pack in the same size boxes. It’s so tempting to use what you have, but packing in the same size boxes makes it much easier to load up your UHaul or truck. It makes it much less like a Tettris game. I know I was guilty of using boxes I had and got from people rather than using all the same size boxes. If you aren’t planning on loading up a UHaul for a long trip, this doesn’t matter as much. But for moving a few hours away, I highly recommend this. Definitely stick with a medium size so boxes aren’t too heavy.

Packing Tip #2: Mark Your Boxes with a Bold Sharpie

Mark all your boxes with a general term and which room it needs to go to.  I don’t recommend labeling your boxes super specifically because that is just asking for your things to get stolen and rifled through if you leave a box in your car or have movers, or anything like that at all. I read an article about making a list of all the boxes and the contents in each box. Then number the boxes and put the room on it, rather than labeling them with specific items. This can make it easier to find things later, but at the same time, makes packing take longer. So, it is up to you. Is your priority quick packing? Skip the list and go with a general term and location. Have tons of time? Write the list and make unpacking easier!

Packing Tip #3: Contractor Bags for Soft Items

Buy a pack of contractor bags for items like your bedding! Just roll it up tightly and squeeze the air out. You can also use the bags for clothing and other soft items. Once bagged, this bagged items can be used to pad any furniture you might be moving in a UHaul or truck.

Packing Tip #4: Use Acid Free Paper and Towels to Pack Art

If you have artwork to pack, especially painted canvases, use acid free paper. Just tape an edge of the paper on the back of the canvas and pull it over the front. If you can, pull it behind the canvas again and tape it. Then wrap the whole thing with clean towels and a contractor bag over the top.


What are your must haves for packing? Any additional tips? Let me know if something here helped you out!

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