Plan ahead. Inventory your belongings, purchase supplies and allow plenty of time for packing. The basics you’ll need: mailing boxes, packaging tape, and cushion wrap.
Choose the right storage location. Select the appropriate size and consider climate-controlled facilities for humidity-sensitive items.
Pack room by room. Pack boxes to capacity and protect your breakables with cushion wrap. Don’t cushion with newspaper – the ink can transfer.
Label properly. Label boxes according to the new room they belong in and their contents. Mark boxes with breakable contents as "FRAGILE."
Pack a suitcase ahead of time. Each family member should have a suitcase with toiletries and clothes for several days. Keep these suitcases with you and separate from your other belongings.
Keep moving necessities together. Unpacking will be easier if tools, cleaning supplies, extension cords and surge protectors are easy to find. Don’t forget your multi-purpose scissors for opening boxes!