The process of packing a moving truck can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you arrive at your destination with all your belongings intact.
When you’re getting ready to move – either taking some of your items to a storage facility or relocating to a new home – proper planning is key. That includes a plan for packing the moving truck the way the professionals do.
Get your supplies ahead of time. That includes boxes, bubble wrap, tape, pads or covers to protect your furniture, and rope or bungee cords to tie items down. Choose boxes that are small enough to lift. Make sure you have a dolly for hauling heavy items or multiple boxes. You may want to purchase forearm lifting straps, which will give you the leverage to move heavy items more easily.
Check with your insurance agent to find out whether your personal auto insurance policy covers rental truck theft or damage. Many exclude coverage for rental vehicles with a gross weight of 9,000 lbs. or more. You might need supplemental coverage.
- Pack your items room by room, and then label the boxes. That way you won’t have to open each box to find out what’s inside. Even better, keep an inventory of what’s inside each carton.
- Take large pieces of furniture apart. They will fit into the moving truck better and take up less room. Tape bags containing screws and other small items to the furniture. Separate filled drawers from dressers, and cover them to protect the contents. Furniture cushions can go into trash bags.
- Remove bulbs from lamps and other fixtures. Pack the bulbs in bubble wrap or sectioned boxes to prevent breakage.
- The heaviest items should go into the moving truck first, closest to the cab. That makes the vehicle steadier on the road. If you have the space, leave a center aisle for easy access to everything.
- Stack sofas and tables upright to save space. Set mattresses, box springs, headboards and flat breakables such as paintings and mirrors against the longest walls of the truck. Tie them securely in place with cables and straps.
- Stack heavier and fragile items on the bottom, and light items on top.
- Load the lightest items last, near the entrance into the truck. That includes chairs, tables, bookcases and awkward-to-carry items. If they are large but lightweight, they can go on top of other items that are securely tied down. However, if you’re dropping some items off into storage, load those first – they’ll be the last things you unload before returning the truck.
- Load the van in four sections, packing it as securely as you can and up to about shoulder height. Stack each section as you load it because access will be limited later on. Tie each quarter in place with the truck’s tie-down rings.
- If you have space between boxes, stuff it with pillows or other soft items.
Loading the cab
Some things should go in the cab of the truck, rather than in the back. That includes medications, important documents and items you have to have readily available when you arrive, such as scissors, tape, a tape measure and a flashlight. Small, breakable electronic equipment, such as computers, should also go in the cab.
Take your time. That way you won’t forget anything, and you’re less likely to get hurt.
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