Moving and Packing Tips
- Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes
- Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so they'll be easily available the first night in your new home
- Place a sock or nylon stocking in your refrigerator with a cup of baking soda, charcoal or fresh coffee to keep the interior smelling fresh
- Pack your current phone book — you may need to call residents or businesses in your former hometown
- Records and plates should be packed on end vertically, rather than stacked
- Make sure medicine and other toiletries have lids on securely prior to packing
- Remove bulbs from lamps before packing
- Clearly label each carton with room number plus contents
- Ask a friend to keep your children and pets when packing and on moving day
- If packing yourself, pack several cartons each day rather than all at once
- Pack on a room-by-room basis. Don't mix items from different rooms in one box
- Allow children to pack their favorite toys. This gives them a stronger sense of belonging
- Be cautious with boxes from grocery or liquor stores. They may not be clean and may not have the strength to withstand the weight of items you're packing
- Hazardous materials may not be moved
- Bottled gas
- Aerosol cans
- Nail polish/remover
- Pack a "survival" kit which you carry in your car, or have first off the truck
- Basic Tools — Hammer screwdriver, knife, tape, etc.
- Bathroom products — Soap, toilet paper, towels, etc.
- Kitchen items — Disposable utensils, cups, plates and snacks, drinks, etc.
- Cleaning products — Cleansers, broom, dustpan, sponges, etc.
- Load your plants in the moving truck last, and unload them first — check with the U. S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants.