Packing Strategies for a Long-Distance Move

In addition to being well-organized and thoroughly prepared, a packing strategy is key when moving long-distances.  As your premier Kamloops mover, we would like to offer you the following tips on how to pack your items, minimize any problems while maximizing your packing and unpacking efficiency.

Be Prepared

Being fully prepared for a long-distance move means having the necessary moving supplies to pack your belongings.  There is nothing more frustrating than running out of packing tape halfway through your move, so gather your supplies early and make sure that they include the following items:

  • Scissors, packing tape, markers, labels and sturdy boxes of all shapes and sizes.
  • Newspaper, bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts to protect your fragile items such as glassware.
  • Enough hangers for your clothes.

Sort and Label

Starting your packing early is a great way to reduce the amount of stress when preparing for a long-distance move.  However, there are certain items that cannot be packed until the last minute such as your bedding.  By properly sorting through your belongings you should be able to determine what is essential and what items are nonessential.  Start by packing away your nonessential items and store them until moving day.


When packing your belongings, regardless of whether they are essential or nonessential, be sure to label your boxes.  The more detailed the labelling, the easier it will be to find the items and unpack them once you have moved in.

Personal Belongings

Not all your belongings should be packed away in the moving truck.  Certain items you will want to keep at arm’s reach as they will probably be used multiple times on your journey.  Personal items that you will want to keep with you include:

  • Documents such as insurance, house titles, passports, etc.
  • Toiletries such as toothbrushes, glasses, contact lenses and any prescription drugs.
  • Chargers, personal electronics and phones.

Keep it Together

When you are packing rooms, it is recommended that you keep the contents of each room together.    Don’t forget to label and list the contents contained in each box.

These packing strategies will make your next long-distance move a breeze.  If you would like more information on these or other packing strategies or are interested in our moving services, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your next long-distance move and look forward to working with you soon.

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