When you're preparing
for an international move, you'll have the option to hire a moving company that
includes packing as a part of their services or do the packing yourself. If you
opt for the latter, it's important to plan ahead and ensure you have all
of the necessary supplies on hand, so you can get the job done as quickly
and efficiently as possible when the time comes.
Here's a list of
packing supplies that you won't want to be without:
While it's obvious that boxes are must-have supplies, many
people are surprised at the large number necessary for packing an entire home.
A three or four-bedroom home can easily require upwards of 100 boxes, so it's
important that you start collecting and purchasing boxes early. Try to gather a
wide variety of sizes, as you'll want smaller boxes for heavier items like
books and larger ones for bulkier, lighter items like clothing and bedding.
Brown paper or newspaper
Although newspaper is more readily
available for use as a packing material, it can create a mess and even ruin
some items like lampshades. The best advice is to have both types of paper on
hand, so that you can wrap more delicate items in the brown paper.
To fill in the spaces between items in
boxes, you'll need some type of packing material, such as foam peanuts or
inflatable plastic bags. You should also plan to purchase some packing foam for
protecting fragile items.
You'll have an easier time unpacking your
belongings when you have large stick-on labels on the tops and sides of your
Packing or sealing tape
You can often get deals on cases of tape
if you plan in advance, and you’ll likely go through several rolls to pack an
Keep about one dozen waterproof markers on hand to ensure
you don't run low as you pack.
Because scissors often become lost in the shuffle as you pack, make
sure you have several pairs handy.
As you pack, you're likely to remember things that you
need to do, other items that you need to pack and so on. Keep paper handy, so you can jot down your thoughts without having to leave the room.
If you prefer to leave
the packing up to the professionals or would like more information about
planning your move, contact us at Chess Moving. We'll be glad to provide you
with information about our packing services or give you advice!