If you’ve decided on a do it yourself move, you are probably not looking forward to packing the truck or storage unit. We can’t promise it will fun but we can provide some tips to protect your stuff while it’s on the way to your new home.
- Make a truck reservation well in advance
Longhorn Rentals recommends you reserve your truck at least two weeks in advance.
- Select the right truck size and moving equipment
Visit our truck page to select the correct truck for your move. Don’t forget moving equipment- we have a large selection of moving pads and dollies to make your move easier and protect your items.
- Recruit Moving Help
Give friends and family advance notice prior to the moving date. Have all items packed in boxes before help arrives.
- Drive safely
Trucks are taller, wider, and heavier, and require more stopping distance than the vehicle you are used to driving. Use caution near low hanging tree branches, building overhangs, and highway overpasses.
Filling your Moving Truck:
- As you pack your items, prepare an inventory list to keep track of them.
- Wardrobe boxes are ideal for storing clothing and function as a make-shift closet. These boxes have metal bars to hang clothes on, keeping your clothes organized. Your shoes, bags and other smaller items can be placed at the bottom of the box.
- Place your mattresses and box springs along the side of your container. Shield them with protective bags.
- Wrap your mirrors and pictures with bubble packing to protect them from damage. Do not lay them flat, as this could increase the chances of breakage. It is wise to put them next to your mattresses or alongside your mobile unit for protection.
- To protect your items from being scratched or damaged in any way, use blankets, bubble packing and paper pads. Longhorn Rentals rents blankets.
- Fill up all the boxes, and make sure you close them securely. The contents in half-full boxes are likely to shift or break on the road.
- Pack the truck according to the weight of your items — place the heavier items on the bottom, and continue with the lighter items on top of them.
- Pack heavy items (books for example) in smaller boxes rather than big ones, to make it easier to move them in and out of the container.
- Large boxes are best for packing lighter items; this way you can move many items in a single box.
- In order to prevent the items from shifting and breaking inside the container, pack the items as densely as possible.