August 31, 2023

Packing for a Long-Distance Move

Highways in Nashville

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when it involves a long-distance trek. The key to a successful, stress-free move? How well you can pack up your belongings.

From safeguarding your valuables to managing your car situation, strategic planning is the name of the game. Our long-distance movers at Move On are experienced in these types of moves. We’d like to share our expertise on the packing process so you can get your belongings from point A to point B in the simplest way possible.

Keep a Few Personal Items Out

Before you start any sort of packing, take some time to figure out what you’ll need immediate access to when you get to your new home.

A change of clothes, essential documents, medications, a towel, toiletries, snacks and water, and a phone charger should be packed up separately in an overnight bag. It should stay with you during the move, so you don’t have to rummage through piles of boxes to find what you need.

Protect Breakable Items

No one wants to get to their new place only to find their valuables haven’t survived the move. Fragile items require special care and attention to prevent damage during a long-distance move. The first step is getting yourself some sturdy packing materials: packing paper, bubble wrap, and cushioning foam. Wrap each item up individually, secure them with tape, and then pack them up in a box with more padding.

Label these boxes clearly as “fragile” so you know they need to be handled with care. And as a final precaution, make sure you don’t stack multiple fragile items together to avoid any breakage.

Label, Label, Label

While you’re stocking up on packing supplies, do not forget to grab yourself a permanent marker. It’s the simplest way to label your boxes and let you (or movers) know which box is going where in your new place. By clearly labeling each box with its contents and the room it belongs to, you’ll save tons of time when unpacking and it’ll alleviate moving stress.

Pro-tip: create an inventory list of all your boxes and their contents to keep track of your belongings during the move. And if you’re really into organization? Consider a color-coded system, using different colors for different rooms.

Manage Your Vehicles

If you’re planning a long-distance move, you may have to figure out how to transport your cars. Interstate movers (like us!) have a few options you should consider:

  • Driving: If the distance is manageable and you’re comfortable with the drive, driving your own vehicles could be a cost-effective and convenient choice.
  • Towing: If you’re towing a car behind a moving truck, make sure you have the appropriate towing equipment and that the towed vehicle is properly secured.
  • Shipping: For longer distances or multiple vehicles, you might choose to use a vehicle shipping service. Make sure to do your research on reputable companies and book well in advance.

Hire Professional Movers

Moving companies here to make your lives easier. Choosing the right movers that provide a full set of moving services you need for your move to Nashville (or from Nashville to your next adventure!) can make all the difference. As a local, long-distance moving company, we know Middle Tennessee inside and out, and we’re ready to help with your next home move. Moving is a big deal. Ready to make your Nashville move easy? Get a free estimate from the Nashville movers at Move On today


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