Packing Checklist

  • Packing Materials
    • Sturdy boxes.
    • Packing tape.
    • Bubble wrap.
    • Styrofoam packing peanuts.
    • Use newspaper, old blankets, pillows and clothing to serve as a buffer between
      breakable objects.
  • Pack one room at a time, labeling each box with a description of its contents and its destination (e.g. kitchen, bathroom). Mark the room destination on the top and at least one side of every carton. Be as specific as you can to make unpacking easier. Follow this up at your destination home by taping an identifying tag on each room, e.g. Bedroom-1 or Bedroom-2.
  • Put heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry.
  • Don’t apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape could ruin the surface.
  • Double-box fragile items and add plenty of cushioning.
  • Do not pack up valuables such as jewelry, money or important legal documents.
    • Take them with you in your car.
  • Make sure the items you need most are loaded LAST.
  • Pack essential items that you will need for the first 24 hours in your new home and take them in your car. For each person: a change of clothes, a towel, prescriptions, toothbrush and other personal items. For everyone: food, plastic eating utensils, toilet paper, soap, local phone book, aspirins, pen/pencil and paper, snacks, beverages, coffee and trash bags.