These Things Might Trip You Up When Packing If You Aren't Careful

Posted on: 15 May 2017

If you've decided to pack for your move yourself to save money, it's not going to be that hard to do, though it might take a lot of time. However, there are a few things that can trip you up if you aren't paying attention. There's a tendency to just start throwing things in boxes as you get closer to the date of the move, and that can add to the danger of ending up with a move that doesn't quite meet your expectations.


Try not to pack these on long-distance moves. If you're just going across town, they'll be no problem, but in a long-distance move, the candles could melt and ruin anything packed around them. Long-distance movers can take days to get to your new city, and the items in the truck can be exposed to some hot temperatures. If they're just emergency candles or generic pillars that you could get anywhere, give them away before you move and pick up new ones later; if they're ornamental and you want to keep them, try to take them with you in your car or in checked luggage if you're flying to your new city.

Things in Plastic Totes

If you store a lot of items in plastic storage containers or totes, you might think that those could just go in the moving truck as is. In many cases that is possible, but you need to let the movers know. The movers can pack a truck efficiently if they're dealing with mostly cardboard boxes in standard sizes. Plastic containers, though, are slightly tapered and don't pack into trucks as efficiently. You'll also need to seal the containers so that the tops don't get ripped off by accident during the move.

Playing "What's in That Box?"

Please label your boxes. If you don't, you're in for a game of "What's in that box?" when you try to unpack. You'll be left with several half-unpacked opened boxes that could attract pests and dust if you don't get them fully unpacked quickly. Rather than dealing with that sort of mess, label the boxes clearly so you can tell which holds what.

A moving company, like Redondo Van & Storage, can help you figure out how to handle these issues if you're still unsure of what to do. They may need a slightly bigger truck or more time, and they can also guide you regarding where to label boxes for best visibility when you have them all stacked up.