Tips for Packing Your Moving Truck

Tips for Packing Your Moving Truck

Putting a little time and effort into scheduling and planning how to pack your moving truck pays dividends.  These easy tips streamline the process and take the stress out of moving.

First things first - Ask the Vehicle Hire Company if they provide a moving trolley, blankets, shoulder straps, tie downs and rope.

Make sure you have a good supply of high-quality packing materials.  You will need an assortment of packing boxes (various sizes), bubble wrap or packing paper, packing tape and utility knife.  Permanent markers for labelling the contents and ultimate destination, saves times and simplifies unpacking.   Avoid newspaper for packing, the newsprint makes everything grubby.

Consider:  Specialist book boxes, wardrobe boxes, sports equipment, IT equipment and art packaging assists you wrap and pack to get precious or delicate items from A to B safely.

Plan for easy loading - ask for the internal measurements of the truck.  Measure any large items and white goods and draw up a plan for what will go where. Identifying large or heavy items allows you to plan the loading order and placement.  Plan to place heavy furniture to the sides of the truck to even out weight on the axle.  Pack heaviest items on the floor with lighter boxes on top.  Disassemble beds, and furniture such as tables and bookshelves.

Consider:  putting fittings into snap-lock bags, include a label clearly identifying where each item will be put at the destination.  Tape it to the item if possible. Alternatively have a box for all fittings, leads, adaptors, Allen (or hex) keys and assembly tools. A brightly coloured plastic crate is great for this.

Give yourself room to move – clear a path from the house to the moving truck, get rid of any tripping hazards.

Consider:  have someone look after small children away from the action so they’re not getting under your feet.

Don’t risk losing your pets - moving house may seem stressful to you, but it’s worse for pets. Pets often go missing on moving day.

Consider:  putting them into kennels for a day or so while you’re moving.  It avoids the risk of losing them, and settling them into a calm home is easier.

Pick your team and follow the plan - allocating jobs in advance can avoid confusion and disagreements.  Pre-plan the order items will be moved, have packing blankets to hand.  You can use pillows or cushions, rolled up rugs etc to pad out spaces and stabilise the load. Packing the moving truck methodically, working from the front of the truck.  Heavy items on the bottom, lighter boxes on the top.  Pack everything as tight as possible to avoid the load shifting in transit. Tie down and secure items as you go.

Protect your back – it’s easy to injure yourself if you’re not used to lifting heavy or awkward items.  Learn proper lifting techniques and invest in a light weight back brace.  They are relatively inexpensive and much cheaper than a trip to the chiropractor or a week off work.  They stabilise your lower back and encourage you to lift with your legs.


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