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Packing for a long distance move

By Jeremy
February 2nd, 2013 - 8:33 PM

There's a big difference between moving across town and moving across the country. Besides the extra time and expense, you also have to pack differently for a long-distance move.

The nice thing about local moves is that, with the exception of fragile items, you can often pack almost any way you want and not worry about it too much. You're only looking at a few minutes of travel time, so drive slowly and you're home free! When you’re moving across the country, the rules change a little bit. Let’s look at the supplies you need when packing for long-distance, along with what to do before and during the packing to make your move successful.

If you need to find a moving service for your long distance move, check out U-Pack. U-Pack specializes in affordable, easy moves! Unlike truck rental, with U-Pack, you never have to drive. Get a free moving quote to see how you can move with U-Pack. Or keep reading for more packing tips.

Supplies Needed When Packing For a Long Distance Move
When doing some research about long-distance moving, I was shocked to see that some were recommending packing in plastic tubs. That’s just asking for trouble! Plastic tubs can buckle and crack when stacked, causing damage to your belongings. To help ensure your things arrive safely, make sure you use moving supplies that were designed with moving in mind. These supplies include:

  • Professional-grade moving boxes. If it will fit in a box, put it in a box. U-Pack offers specialty boxes for clothing, dishes, and more! Take my word for it: don’t scrounge around for used boxes, they may not be sturdy enough to survive your long-distance move.

  • Plenty of packing supplies. Paper padding, packing paper, stretch wrap, moving blankets, and bubble wrap are all available in the U-Pack Box store. These are great for providing extra protection.

  • Mattress bags. These are great for protecting mattresses from dust and tears while they’re carried in and out of the trailer or ReloCube and while in transit.

  • Tape. You’ll need plenty for taping boxes closed and taping bubble wrap, paper padding or packing paper around items. Just be sure not to tape directly on wood or fabric surfaces!

  • Marker. Labeling boxes as you pack make unloading much easier!

  • Plastic baggies. These are perfect for keeping screws, fasteners, and other parts together all in one place after you disassemble furniture and appliances. Just label the bag so you know what it belongs to. 

  • Trash bags. You can place items like linens, blankets, and pillows in these to fill gaps within your shipment.  

  • Rope or ratchet straps. When loading your stuff in the moving trailer, you will want to secure everything.

  • Wood blocks and nails. All of our moving trailers are equipped with wooden floor panels that run the length of the trailer. Feel free to nail attachments or blocks to brace/separate your items. Just remember to remove these when you unload at the destination.

Before Packing For Your Long Distance Move

The best advice I have for packing for your long-distance move is to begin by de-cluttering your home. Go through each room and gather items to donate, sell or trash. Not only will this help you get rid of things you no longer need or want, but it can also save you money! U-Pack’s rates are based on the space you use, so if you move less, you pay less. Get a free moving quote and you can see how much you can save by using less space. Your trailer prices comes with a per-foot adjustment rate that you can add or subtract based on the space you use.

Packing Tips for Your Long Distance Move

Now that you’ve gathered the supplies and de-cluttered your home, you’re ready to pack. Check out U-Pack’s packing tips and loading tips for detailed information on how the experts do it. Then, watch this video with Packing Tips from U-Pack

Remember to label boxes as you pack. You may find it helpful to label the box with the room (i.e. Kitchen), as well as a number. Keep a notebook telling you how many boxes are in each room, and the general contents of each box. For instance, Kitchen 1 includes dishes,Kitchen 2 includes dish towels and spices, etc. This will help you find things easier when you’re unpacking.

Safety and Security During Your Move
If you’ve read much about U-Pack, you know that your belongings travel with ABF, one of the most reputable and safest carriers in the nation. Here’s something you may not know though... when you move with U-Pack, your belongings are not unloaded or transferred in transit. They stay right where you put them until it’s time to unload at your destination. Just keep in mind that road conditions vary from state-to-state, so make sure to pack things well and secure it tightly with straps or rope to keep it from shifting in transit.

Because of the safety and affordability of a U-Pack move, the best packing advice I have is to pack your stuff inside a U-Pack moving trailer or moving container! U-Pack offers rates comparable to truck rental, but you don’t have to drive! Get a free moving quote to see how you can save moving with U-Pack!

If you have more questions about packing for a long distance move, just leave me a comment below. I look forward to helping.