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Do I need a passport to move to Canada?

December 7th, 2015 - 3:22 PM
Do I need a passport to move to Canada?

Is a passport required to move to Canada?

Not always – it depends on how you plan to get there. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires U.S. travelers to present documents proving their citizenship. Ideally, this is a passport, but you may be able to use other documents depending on your mode of transportation. However, the Canadian Border Patrol recommends you carry your passport if you travel internationally, regardless of your transportation choice and the requirements.

Note: If you don’t have your passport and need one quick, be sure to check passport processing times. Routine and expedited service times can vary based on the time of the year.

Let’s look at each mode of transportation and what documents are required when entering Canada.

U-Pack Partners with Toys for Tots

November 20th, 2015 - 12:02 PM
U-Pack Partners with Toys for Tots

U-Pack helps Toys for Tots store Christmas toy donations

U-Pack is teaming up with Toys for Tots this holiday season! We’re honored to assist Toys for Tots with their annual goal of bringing the joy of Christmas to disadvantaged children by providing moving containers to store the donations collected from local toy drives.

While this isn’t the first time U-Pack has participated in Toys for Tots events, it is the first year we’ve contributed on a national level. Local toy drives often result in thousands of donations, making temporary storage a necessity for regional coordinators.

Wardrobe Boxes

November 19th, 2015 - 2:07 PM
Wardrobe Boxes

Why use wardrobe boxes for moving?

If you have hanging clothes to move, the easiest and safest way to do that is to use wardrobe boxes. They’re tall boxes with a hanging rod that keep clothes protected from damage. Keep in mind that using the ever-popular “trash bag method” to move your clothes makes them wrinkled, and it’s easy to tear through the bag (and tear your clothes!) without sturdy protection. Using wardrobe boxes for moving also makes it simple to transfer clothing from the closet to the box, and then into the new closet. Let’s figure out how many wardrobe moving boxes you need, how to use wardrobe boxes, and where to order them at a discount.

How to Move a Mattress

November 18th, 2015 - 8:23 AM
How to Move a Mattress

Protect your mattress when moving

Mattresses are one of the more challenging items to move. They’re big and can be difficult to maneuver. They’re also one of the most important items you move because you’ll probably want to crawl into your comfy bed at the end of a long day of unpacking. We’ve got the steps for moving your mattress to make sure it arrives ready for that first night in your new home.

TV Shipping Boxes

November 4th, 2015 - 8:35 AM
TV Shipping Boxes

Boxes for Shipping a TV

Let’s face it – TVs are one of the most expensive items in most homes. It’s important to take care of your television during a move. Using a professional TV shipping box is key to keeping your television safe. The U-Pack Box Store offers high-quality boxes for shipping flat-panel LED, LCD, and plasma TVs at significantly lower prices than competitors. And here’s an added perk: You get free shipping, right to your door! Let’s take a look at your options for flat screen TV boxes and how to use them.

Transferring utilities when you move

October 30th, 2015 - 3:04 PM
Transferring utilities when you move

How to Transfer Utilities

Getting your utilities turned off at your old home and turned on at your new home isn’t too difficult – but it is important. You’ll want to pick the best dates for activation, and coordinate with your moving dates to avoid any lapse in service. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be set up to transfer your utilities in no time!

Moving Service Costs Explained

October 12th, 2015 - 10:39 AM
Moving Service Costs Explained

What goes into the price of a moving service?

Several factors contribute to your final price when moving. Depending on which type of moving service you choose, those factors will either help you save on your move or end up adding to your cost. Let's dive into the list of things that can play a part in the total investment you make.  By looking at these elements, you’ll better understand which service best fits your needs and budget.

Moving Labels

October 5th, 2015 - 3:54 PM
Moving Labels

Free Printable Moving Labels

When you start packing up your house for the move, it’s a smart idea to think ahead to the unpacking process. Try these strategies for labeling moving boxes  to stay organized as you pack—it’ll make settling in after the move much easier. Bonus: we’ve also included some free color-coded printable moving labels for you to use at the bottom of this post!

Moving Your Car

September 18th, 2015 - 8:55 AM
Moving Your Car

How to Move Your Car

Moving long distance involves plenty of planning, including finding a moving company for your household goods, making travel arrangements for yourself and your family, and figuring out how to move your car, too. While U-Pack is an excellent solution for your personal belongings, we don’t provide auto shipping services.  However, we have referrals to trusted partners and information to help make moving your car as easy as possible.

Self-Moving Companies: How Does it Work?

July 27th, 2015 - 2:41 PM
Self-Moving Companies: How Does it Work?

What is a self-move?

Because it’s such a descriptive word, you may have already deduced that a self-move is a move that you do by yourself. Because you do some (or all) of the work, it’s a solution that’s known to cost significantly less than full-service moving. What’s important to note, though, is that there are a couple of different “levels” – if you will – of self-moving.

Moving to California

July 8th, 2015 - 3:33 PM
Moving to California

Making the move to California

With new adventures to last a lifetime, career opportunities around every corner, and beautiful sights at every turn, it’s no wonder that California is the most populous state in the U.S. – and, with 163,000 sq. miles of land, there’s plenty of room to call it your own. If you’re thinking about living in the Golden State, this guide will serve as your one-stop shop for preparing for your move and learning about life as Californian.

Moving to Florida

June 26th, 2015 - 3:09 PM
Moving to Florida

Planning a move to Florida

Home to more than 19 million people, Florida is the third largest state in the U.S. – yes, even more populated than New York! With beautiful beaches, great weather, and friendly residents, there’s a lot to love about the Sunshine State. If you’re considering a move to Florida, this guide will answer your most-asked questions – let’s dive right in.