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The Ultimate Checklist of Supplies You’ll Need for Your Move

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post submitted by Sarah Stilo from Homelight about the supplies you should consider having on hand when preparing to move.

Let’s be real: moving sucks. In fact, it’s No. 3 on the list of the top most stressful life events, under death of a loved one and divorce, according to University Hospitals.

The secret to a successful move lies in preparation, and one of the first steps in preparing for any project is getting all of your supplies. Below, you’ll find a list of supplies you’ll need for moving and tips for keeping the madness of up-heaving your life contained in an organized process.

Moving supplies checklist:

  • Moving boxes in a range of sizes
  • Clear plastic bins
  • Glass pack kits
  • Large stretch wrap
  • Packing paper or newspaper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Furniture pads
  • Quilted blankets
  • Mattress bag
  • Furniture sliders
  • Trash bags
  • Markers
  • Post-It notes
  • Masking tape
  • Packing tape
  • Duct tape
  • Box cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Hand truck/dolly rental
  • Ratchet strap

Some additional pro packing tips:

  1. Declutter and remove unwanted items before you begin packing — the less you have, the less you have to pack.
  2. Pack yourself an “essentials” box that’ll contain all the things you’ll need the day you move in. Consider including makeup/skincare products, shampoo and conditioner, soap, razors, medication, a few changes of clothes, pajamas, sheets and towels, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cutlery, plastic cups, snacks, coffee maker, coffee, hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner/rags, Windex, dish soap, dustpan, broom, box cutters, scissors and snacks. Make sure this is the last box to get packed, and the first box you unpack upon arrival.
  3. Pack clothes on their hangers in garbage bags, use egg cartons to keep jewelry separate, and use smaller boxes for heavy things.
  4. Make packing easier by using one service, such as Top Box, which offers moving boxes in an array of sizes as well as packing materials, free delivery of moving necessities, packing services and free box pickup post-move.

Thank you again to the marketing team at Homelight for submitting this guest blog post.