Supplies you will need:
As you pack each box:
Pack heavy items like books, records, canned food and tools in small cartons. Pack light things like pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, shoes and baskets in large boxes. Pack everything else in medium cartons.
Group items together that go in the same room at your new home.
Use plain newsprint to wrap items to avoid having to wash everything as soon as you arrive at your new home.
Use blankets, towels or table cloths to wrap around fragile items like your lamps or pictures.
When packing dishes wrap each piece in a piece of paper. Stand plates on their end. Place glasses standing with the lip down. Pack your dishes tight. If there are empty spaces wad a piece of paper and fill in the empty spaces. Just make sure that your dishes and other fragile items cannot move around in the box. When you finish and you tape the top of the box pick it up and shake it slightly, if you hear anything rattle around we suggest you open the box and fill in any spaces with a piece of waded up paper.
When disassembling furniture, place all brackets, screws, bolts, and nuts in a small baggie and tape the baggie to the furniture.
Do not use Styrofoam peanuts or shredded newsprint as padding for small appliances, computers or other machines. Fragments may work their way inside the machines and cause damage.
Never pack the following items as they are flammable and could explode or catch fire in a hot moving van. Any aerosol cans, caustic drain cleaners, gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, paint, paint thinner, varnishes, oil, matches, or any other flammable or combustible material.
Pack an essentials box. Include things you will need at your new place right away, such as a few tools, toilet paper, hand soap, hand towel or paper towels, light bulbs, medication, first aid items, snacks, water or other drinks, paper plates, cups and plastic silverware, telephone, pen and paper, pet food, etc. Put this box in your car if possible or put it on the truck last so it will come off first.