Packing Tips

With the right packing tips, you can make the process of moving or storing your belongings smooth and efficient. From fragile items to bulky furniture, there’s a lot to consider and organize. Whether you’re planning a move to a new home or need to put some items in storage, these tips will help you pack like a pro and ensure your belongings are safe and secure.

Understanding the Importance of Proper Packing for Moving and Storage

Proper packing is essential when it comes to moving or storing your belongings. Taking the time to pack your items correctly can make all the difference in ensuring their safety and security. Proper packing can help prevent damage, breakage, and loss during transportation or while in storage. By following the right packing tips, you can minimize the risk of any mishaps. Whether you’re packing for long-term storage,  temporary storage between moves, or planning a big move in one day, it’s important to stay organized and use the right materials. 

Essential Packing Supplies to Streamline Your Move or Storage

Having the right packing supplies can make all the difference when moving or storing your belongings. To streamline your move or storage process, make sure you have the following essential packing supplies:

Moving boxes: Invest in sturdy cardboard boxes in various sizes. They provide structure and protection for your items, making them easier to stack and transport. We even have specialty boxes for flat-screen TVs, mirrors, artwork, and hanging clothing.

Packing tape: Use high-quality packing tape to securely seal your boxes. This will prevent them from accidentally opening during transportation or storage. Try using a tape dispenser or tape gun with a double-edged blade to roll the tape along the box seams and cut it off in one motion.

Bubble wrap: Wrap fragile or delicate items in bubble wrap to provide cushioning and protection. This will help prevent breakage or damage. You can even use it to fill gaps between objects inside boxes to prevent them from moving around during transport.

Packing paper: Use packing paper to wrap smaller items and fill empty spaces in boxes. This will prevent items from shifting during transport, reducing the risk of damage.

Moving blankets: These blankets provide extra protection for furniture and other large items. Wrap them around your heavy items to prevent scratches and dents. Alternatively, you may wish to wrap them in shrink wrap along with other irregularly shaped items.

Moving dolly: A moving dolly is a must-have tool for transporting heavy items. It will make it much easier and safer to move large and bulky furniture. Many moving truck rentals come with a moving cart. We have them available on location for loading your storage units. Labels and markers: Mark each box clearly with its contents using labels and markers. This will make unpacking or retrieving items from storage much easier. If moving to a new location, include the destination on the box to help identify which room they belong in.

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By using these essential packing supplies, you can streamline your move or storage process and ensure that your belongings are well-protected. Don’t forget to create a moving checklist to stay organized and make sure you have everything you need. Happy packing!

General Packing Tips for Both Moving and Storage

Packing for a move or storage can be overwhelming, but with these general packing tips, you’ll be able to tackle the task like a pro. First, start by decluttering and getting rid of any items you no longer need. This will not only make packing easier but also save valuable storage space. 

  • Choose the right size boxes. Use smaller sized boxes for heavy items and larger boxes for lightweight things. This helps ensure you can lift the box without breaking it or injuring yourself.  Use sturdy boxes and reinforce the bottom with packing tape to avoid any accidents.


  • Pack boxes properly.  Tightly packed boxes prevent shifting during transportation or storage. Additionally, if both heavy and light items belong in the same box, pack heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones on top to prevent damage. And try to distribute weight evenly throughout each box. 


  • Avoid overpacking your boxes. It can be tempting to try to fit as much as possible into each box, but this can lead to boxes breaking or items getting damaged. Instead, aim to fill each box to about 90% capacity to allow for proper cushioning and protection. 


  • Seal your boxes with packing tape to keep them properly closed. Always remember to seal the bottom before filling up the box. Using tape pre-printed with the word “fragile” can help identify boxes that need extra care.


  • Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to, making unpacking or retrieving items between moves a breeze. 
sealing box marked fragile
  • Wrap fragile items individually. Use bubble wrap or paper for items such as glassware or electronics and secure with tape. 


  • Disassemble large items like furniture. This saves space and prevents damage. Wrap each piece in moving blankets or shrink wrap for extra protection. 


  • Pack valuable items separately. You should also keep these with you during the move or stored in a secure location. Use lockable boxes or safes for added security. 

Organization and Labeling Strategies for Easy Unpacking or Retrieval

Once you’ve successfully packed all your belongings for storage or a move, you don’t want to struggle with unpacking or finding specific items later on. That’s where organization and labelling strategies come in. Here are some handy packing tips for storage that will make unpacking or retrieving your items a breeze.

First, create an inventory list of everything you’ve packed and keep it with you. Number the boxes and record the corresponding number beside each item on your checklist. This will help you keep track of your belongings and know exactly what’s in each box. 

When labelling your boxes, be specific and use clear, bold labels. Include the contents and the room the items belong to save you time and frustration when unpacking. You may even wish to label boxes on all sides making information visible no matter where it gets placed in the storage unit or moving truck.

Another helpful tip is to group similar items together. For example, keep all boxes of kitchen items in one area, and all bedroom items in another. This will make it easier to find what you need without having to search through multiple boxes.

Finally, consider colour-coding your boxes with different coloured labels or markers. Assign each colour to a specific room or category, such as blue for bedroom items and red for kitchen items. This visual cue will make it even easier to locate your belongings.

The boxes have stickers that say kitchen and bathroom. There are boxes with moving items in the room

How to Maximize Space in Your Moving Truck or Storage Unit

Moving or storing your belongings can often involve a limited amount of space. To make the most of the available space, it’s important to utilize smart packing techniques.

Full shot of a lot of boxes and packages from a move inside a truck
  • Categorize Items by size and purpose and group them together before loading them onto the moving truck or into your storage unit.
  • Disassemble furniture and large items as much as possible to save space.
  • Box everything you can as they stack much easier than loose items. Try to use boxes the same size to make stacking even easier.
  • Stack boxes in a strategic manner, placing heavier and sturdier items on the bottom and lighter ones on top. 
  • Put items with flat surfaces on top of each other and keep oddly shaped or fragile items to the side where they may be less likely to get damaged.
  • Use all space available. Fill gaps with smaller items or soft items like pillows or blankets. Utilize vertical space by stacking boxes and using shelving units if available. 
  • Nest items by putting smaller items inside larger ones to make use of all available space inside boxes.
  • Use padding materials to protect items. This can be done with moving blankets or even towels and bed linens instead of packing them into a box.
  • Choose space-saving packaging such as vacuumed sealed bags for items like clothes, bedding and other textiles to take up less space.
  • Use space under furniture that can’t be disassembled or inside drawers, bookcases and even appliances.  Not only will this save space but helps secure them during transport.

In Conclusion

These packing tips will help you pack and move like a pro and ensure the safety and security of your belongings. Utilizing essential packing supplies will streamline your move or storage process. Remember to declutter, pack tightly, label, and organize items. Then maximize space in your moving truck or storage unit. Proper packing will make unpacking a breeze.

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