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The ultimate packing checklist

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Moving is never easy. You need to do a lot of preparation beforehand. You need to plan, prepare, pack, move and unpack. However, packing is arguably the hardest part of every move. You can’t allow to forget any of your necessary items or to bring too many unnecessary items. So, before you do any packing, make the ultimate packing checklist! Packing checklists are not hard to do, and we will show you exactly how to do it! We hope that you find this guide both useful and helpful!

About packing in general

Packing is the process in which you prepare and store your inventory for the upcoming move. This is the most important step, so be sure not to do your planning and packing last minute before the move itself. Both of those are really big steps in your move. However, when packing is in question, you should know that you need to focus the most on it. Why? Well, because depending on your move, you can even never go back to pick up the inventory items you left behind. Thus, it is of crucial importance to do this step properly!

Always know what to put on your packing checklist
Being decisive is the key with checklists

The main thing you should do is to create a good checklist for your packing. That way you can refer to your checklist whenever you are in doubt. You can also double-check and triple-check it just in case! You can never be too certain when packing is concerned, a lot of things can go wrong! However, do not worry. We know exactly how your ultimate packing checklist should look like!

The ultimate packing checklist example

First and foremost, divide your checklist into the following categories:

  • Necessary items: Necessary items are the items you can’t live without. Basically, items such as your Television set or laptop or irreplaceable valuables you might have around. Always do this part first. You will thank us later!
  • Very important items: Those items are something that you would rather not leave behind, even though you could manage (to a certain extent) to live without them. Spare clothing, blankets, gifts from friends and family and items you hold dear are in this category.
  • Replaceable items: All items you can replace at your new location are considered replaceable. However, this does not mean that you should just leave them behind! However, keep in mind that packing priority and transportation should be given to necessary and very important items first. You don’t want to be moving out without your PS4, would you?
  • Useless items: All items that have served their purpose or that you might consider “junk” are in this category. For example, used up pens, lighters, broken pieces of equipment, etc. You don’t want to waste your time and energy on those items. Instead, organize a garage or yard sale and even earn a profit out of them! You know what they say – another man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

After you have divided the items into such categories, then it is time for the checklist to be complete!

making a packing checklist with your loved ones
A cartoon of a man and a woman using a packing checklist

Completing your ultimate packing checklist

However, your ultimate packing checklist is not done yet! you need to modify it according to the situation. Also, you need to do the following:

  • Double-check: You need to double-check the list at least two times per day. You need to make sure that all of the items you have there are packed properly. Also, you need to make sure that there are no extra items you might have accidentally added. It is a long process, but, trust us, it will be worth it in the end!
  • Modify the list as needed: You need to be open to change, even when lists are concerned. Chances are you will forget something, and you need to add that to the list as soon as possible for better results. Keep in mind that you are making the list, so prioritize before you make it final! Even call a moving company if you need help!

Packing order:

The packing order should go as it follows:

  • Small items first: Smallest items are a priority when packing is concerned. Why? Because big items usually consist of smaller items and there is a possibility for all of them to get mixed up. You don’t want that. Make sure that your small items are packed and separated/marked first. This will save you a lot of time unpacking as well. No matter if you plan a local or out-of-state moving, you need to make sure that you do this first!
  • Medium items next: Next, arrange your medium-sized items. We consider medium items everything you can pick up by hand and carry around without trouble. Books, clothes, even some chairs. Make sure that you get them out of the way after dealing with small items. Prioritize your space so that you can fit them all in your transport vehicle.
  • Big items last: Big items should be last for obvious reasons. You will probably need help with them and you will probably need to disassemble them into smaller parts. When you disassemble a big item, you need to know that its parts will not get mixed up with random small items or parts. That way it will be nearly impossible for you to assemble your items again!
  • Load from largest to smallest into your transport vehicle: Now, your big items go first, then your medium ones and then your small ones. Why? Because if you put your big items last they can damage your other items. You don’t want that, so make sure to add this to the ultimate packing checklist as well!
A man carrying three packingboxes
Packing is the hardest part – always call for help if you need it!


Your ultimate packing checklist should look like the aforementioned example by now. It is up to you to split the items you own into categories and to decide whether or not they are worth taking with you. Keep in mind that you can always modify your list, so don’t worry much if it doesn’t look as good as you were hoping it would. After all, packing is the hardest part of the move – if you have any doubts, you can always rely on professional help! We hope that this guide has helped you!


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