How to Pack a Moving Truck

Chesapeake self storage

There’s a right and wrong way to pack a moving truck or van. Need advice? We can help.

Moving your things into storage can be stressful, especially if you have to take multiple trips, so why not use a moving truck? Using a moving truck will limit the number of trips you take, but packing it can be difficult if you don’t know how to do it properly. Save yourself some time and tantrums by following these helpful tips.

First in, last out

Storing your possessions in just a couple of boxes won’t always be a walk in the park. Using a moving truck means that you may have quite a few heavy items, such as a dishwasher, dryer, and refrigerator. It’s best to load them into the truck first and put them all in the back; they will be the last to leave the truck.

Load up the longer items

After the heavy appliances are loaded onto the truck, it’s time to start loading up your longer possessions such as tables, mattresses, and bookshelves. When loading up any furniture, you need to cover it to help keep it safe while it’s in both the truck and in storage. If you’re storing any mirrors, cover them and place them in between mattress to keep them better protected.

Bring on the boxes

Now it’s time to bring on the boxes. Before you load them into the truck, make sure you’ve labeled them; this will make it easier to navigate instead of wasting time searching for them in your storage unit. You want to place boxes on top of appliances and furniture, and make sure the heavy boxes don’t contain anything that’s fragile. After you’ve loaded all the heavy boxes, whether they’re on appliances, furniture or the floor of the truck, then you can start stacking the lighter boxes on top. Any appliances that aren’t in a box, try to fit them into open spaces on the truck.

Finally, it’s all packed! For those smaller and more valuable items, keep them up front with you. The goal is to be able to pack everything nice and tight into the truck, but not too tight where things could get ruined. Eden Way Storage Center offers a free moving truck when you rent one of their units. Contact us today for more information about Chesapeake self-storage options.