How to Pack for a Long-Distance Move with CM Removals

Long-distance moves can seem daunting and overwhelming, but with the right moving company on your side, it can be a breeze.

One of the most important tasks when it comes to long-haul moves is packing. If you prepare and pack your home properly, loading, transporting, and off-loading at your new destination will be easier than you think.

In this article, we give you some important tips for packing and moving long-distance.

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How to Pack for a Long-Distance Move

Take Stock

Before the big move, take stock of all your belongings and make an inventory list accordingly. It’s not necessary to count every knife and fork or every pillowcase. Instead, place smaller items into categories such as “cutlery” and “linen”.

Make sure to make a detailed list of all your larger, more valuable items such as furniture, electronics, and other things like bicycles and camping equipment.

Use your phone or laptop to make your list so that you know you will have easy access to it. Loose pieces of paper tend to go missing during a chaotic event like moving long-distance. This list will help you confirm that all your belongings have arrived at your new destination.

Declutter, Downsize, Donate

Moving offers the perfect opportunity to get rid of stuff you don’t need. There is nothing like a good decluttering session to lighten your load.

This is also why it’s important to start packing sooner rather than later because it gives you time to go through everything thoughtfully so that you can finally get rid of that shirt you haven’t worn in two years, or that DVD player that doesn’t work anymore.

Not only will decluttering make it easier to unpack when you are in your new home, it will also minimize moving costs because you will have less to move.

Sell what you can, recycle what you can, and donate everything else.

Pack a Separate Bag for Personal Necessities

It’s possible that it will take a few days for you to settle into your new home. You might even need an extra day or two for travelling. Therefore, it’s important to pack a travel bag to keep with you along the way.

The following are great items to pack into your personal bag for your long-distance move:

  • Toiletries
  • One or two clean towels
  • An extra pair of shoes or sandals
  • Sleepwear
  • Phone charger
  • More than one change of clothes
  • Socks

These items will help you feel normal during this chaotic time and will buy you some time to unpack some boxes when you arrive at your final destination.

Be Organized

When packing, pack with distance in mind. In other words, make sure you pack all your fragile items together so that the moving company knows which boxes should be packed at the top of the pile. Also be sure to protect your fragile items with enough bubble wrap, packing paper, or old t-shirts.

Additionally, organize your belongings as you pack. Refrain from throwing a bunch of random items into the same box as this will make unpacking a lot more complicated and time consuming. Take the time to pack boxes according to rooms or areas and mark them accordingly. This way you will know which boxes go where in your new home.

CM Removals – Long-Distance Moving Company South Africa

At CM Removals, we are experienced long-distance movers, and we go out of our way to make your long-haul go as smoothly as possible.

Excellent customer service and support are at the forefront of what we do.

Visit our homepage to find out more about our moving services in Cape Town and South Africa, which include long-distance moves, same city moves, and mini moves to name a few.

 

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