Depending on how many personal items you own, packing a moving truck can be a snap or a snafu. Luckily, you should be able to get a feel for how packing your moving truck will go based on how easily you packed your belongings. Just like with packing up your possessions, packing your moving truck requires planning and patience. A good strategy for packing your home, as Two Men and a Truck recommends in this blog post, is “starting with those seasonal items you aren’t currently using and ending with your daily necessities.” The same type of logic applies when packing all your stuff into a moving truck. To keep you on track, here are a few expert tips to make your move go a little smoother.
Big, Heavy Items Go In First
This is a commonly known rule for packing moving trucks, but it’s worth repeating. While some people subscribe to the school of thought that you should pack all your boxes in first, it’s generally safer to pack your larger items in first, to make sure you have enough room. The type of things you should pack first include washers, dryers, heavy furniture, refrigerators and so forth. MovingInsider.com also reminds us, “Keep the weight balanced from one side to another.” This will help to make driving your moving van or truck easier.
Don’t Overlook the Straps
If you’ve packed your moving truck correctly, you should have it loaded up from the floor to the ceiling. This will help to ensure that a limited number of items move around during transit. However, regardless of how packed you’ve made your moving truck, some of your possessions will still shift if they aren’t strapped down appropriately. Moving.com advises that, “Rather than strapping it all in at the end, strap down sections at a time for optimum safety.” By using this strategy, you can feel confident knowing that all of your items will be secured properly while driving your moving truck to your destination.
What to Keep In the Cab
Packing up your home and packing those items into a moving truck is all about strategy. It’s vital to plan out what you can box up and put in the truck first and what you should keep out until the very end. If you have items that you’ll need throughout the entirety of your packing time, those things shouldn’t be packed into your moving truck until the process if completely finished. You don’t want to have to go digging through box and after box looking for something you shouldn’t have packed in the first place.
The same goes for packing things into your truck. If you’ll need easy access to something, it’s best to put it in the cab of the truck, rather than the back with all your other possessions. Some of the items you may want to keep in the cab, according to WikiHow, include fragile items like valuable plates, anything made of glass, and even light bulbs from disassembled lamps, your overnight items, and your computer or small electronic items. These are all things that could either get broken easily in the back of the truck or things that you’ll need on a more regular basis while travelling. By having these items in the cab with you, you’ll avoid the headache of having to open the truck each time you need something.
To make your packing and moving experience as pain-free as possible, use these three tips next time you’re packing a moving truck.