Moving a long distance is something that can be rather stressful. One thing that you have to worry about during the move is making sure that your belongings don’t get broken. Let’s face it – you can’t control the road conditions that the truck will experience, so you need to make sure that everything is packed appropriately for a long time on the road.

Put Your Linens and Clothing to Good Use

Fragile items need to be packed with ample cushioning. You can use commercially available bubble wrap, but you can also use items you are taking with you, such as towels, blankets, sheets, and clothing. You can put the linens inside of fragile items like vases and then wrap them up. This helps to add more protection than just wrapping the item in bubble wrap or shrink wrap. As a bonus, this will help to use up space in boxes that would otherwise go to waste.

Take Valuable Items with You

Some items shouldn’t ever be placed in a moving truck. These include family heirlooms, such as jewelry, that you don’t want to take any chances with. Of course, there are some items that you want to be sure are protected that can’t fit into your car. These items should be packaged very carefully and placed in an area of the moving truck where they aren’t likely going to suffer any damage from bumps or shifting cargo. Sliding pictures that are wrapped in blankets and shrink wrap between mattresses could help to keep them protected.

Don’t Always Go Big

You shouldn’t always use the largest boxes available. Some items, such as kitchen appliances, need to be packaged in small to medium-sized boxes so that they don’t shift that much during transport. These items should be clean, dry and protected with cushioning during the move.

Think About the Destination

When you pack each box, label it according to the contents and where it needs to be placed in the new house. This can help movers and anyone who is helping you know where to place boxes. As you get settled into your new home, it will be much easier to find the plates if all of the kitchen boxes are already in the kitchen when you get to your new home.