Pack Like a Pro for Your Big Move

Whether you’re moving for the first time or you’re old hat to the moving game, packing is probably the most stressful part of any move. It can be such a daunting process that a growing number of people have started hiring packing services. But if you’d prefer to do the packing yourself, the best thing you can do is to get organized.

To help you with that endeavor, we’ve created a Pack Like a Pro list. Our list goes over everything you need to get organized and help your transition to a new home easier.

Moving Boxes.

Moving Boxes are pretty essential to any move, but it can be hard to decide what size boxes you may need.

Small boxes, typically 1 1/2 cubic feet, are great for things such as toiletries, books, canned goods, and jewelry. With canned goods and books, it may be tempted to load them up into large boxes, but the boxes quickly become way too heavy and may tear.

Medium boxes, usually 3 cubic feet, are perfect for pantry items, pots and pans, and folded laundry. These boxes are best for relatively lightweight larger items.

Dish Pack boxes, about 5 cubic feet, which come with removable inserts to put between glass and double-strength walls, are perfect for all of your glassware, lamps, dishes, and vases.

Large boxes, roughly 6 cubic feet, are perfect for light, large items. This includes pillows, blankets, towels, bedding, and similar household items.

Lastly, there’s the wardrobe box, which is designed with a rack in it so you can take all of your clothes straight from your closet and organize them in the box. It makes unpacking in your new home a breeze.

Once you’ve determined how many of each box you will need (and there are many apps for that if you look around online), you still have a few things you need to get.

Packing Tape.

Selecting a packing tape that comes with a tape dispenser may cost a little more money, but it will say you a ton of effort. If you’d rather save a bit of money or don’t mind having to tear or cut the tape yourself, you can easily just buy packing tape by itself.

Labels and/or Markers.

It can be easy to forget this essential supply when you’re worried about boxing up everything, but a marker and label (or just a marker) will make unpacking in your new place so much easier. Just label what room it goes to (and a few items that’s in it), and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches later!

Box Cutter or Scissors.

These are essential for unpacking and allows you to reuse the boxes later if need be. Leave them in a purse or other easily accessible place during the move that way they don’t accidentally get packed up!


Whether you prefer inflatable bags, packing peanuts, foam rolls, or packing paper, adding some extra protection to the boxes that need it is always a great idea. You can never be too careful. Be wary of using newspaper, as the ink can stain both your belongings and your hands!

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