packing checklist

Packing Checklist and Planner

Once you are prepared for packing, it’s time to started!

First, a Few Good Packing Tips:

  • Limit boxes, when possible, to a maximum weight of 50 pounds makes handling easier.
  • Wrap items carefully.
  • Provide plenty of cushioning to absorb shock.
  • Use study boxes that close.
  • Make sure boxes are firmly packed and do not rattle, bulge outward or bend inward.
  • Don’t mix items from different rooms in the same box, if possible.

Packing Checklist for Basic Packing Needs

  • Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave things that you will need until moving day.
  • Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, items not recommended for moving and anything that can puncture or damage other items. However, blankets, sweaters, lingerie, bath towels and similar soft, lightweight goods may be left in drawers.
  • Pack similar items together. Do not pack a delicate china figurine in the same carton with a cast iron frying pan, for example.
  • Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror blots and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic or cloth bags (which can be purchased from the moving company) and taped or tied securely to the article which they belong.
  • Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Colored wrappings draw attention to very small things. Use a double layer of newspaper for good outer wrapping.
  • Place a 2-3 inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of boxes for cushioning.
  • Build up in layers, with the heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next and lightest on top.
  • As each layer is completed, fill in any empty spaces firmly with crushed paper and add more crushed paper to make a level base for the next layer, or use sheets or cardboard cut from boxes as dividers.
  • Pack small, fragile, individually wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper.
  • Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in the spaces with crushed paper.
  • Avoid overloading boxes, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
  • Seal boxes tightly with tape except for those containing items listed on High Value Inventory Form. These must be left open for the driver’s inspection.
  • As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while cartons are stacked) and in a special notebook. You might want to number and/or code the cartons as well.
  • Indicate your name and the room to which each box should be delivered at destination. Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the box labels so that movers can get the boxes into the proper rooms quickly.
  • Put a special mark on cartons you want to unpack first at destination (and make sure those cartons are loaded last).

Moving Day

You might find it helpful to reserve a carton for last-minute items to be packed on moving day. Include such necessities as:

  • Soap
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Face and toilet tissue

The same box can be used as a moving survival kit with items such as:

  • First-aid kit
  • Instant coffee/tea
  • Instant soup mixes
  • Light bulbs
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Powdered milk or creamer
  • Screwdriver or hammer
  • Snacks
  • Sugar
  • Small pan or electric coffee pot for heating water