How good are you at Tetris? In all of the hustle and bustle of your big move day, it’s easy to resort to the “quick and easy” way of packing your items. But before you start throwing boxes in the back of the truck and creating a bigger problem, take a step back and deep breath! You can handle this, and here we will include a list of materials you will need to pack your moving truck safely and efficiently, as well as some helpful tips for placement of your belongings in the truck.

packing a truck

(Photo Credit: William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers)

What you will need:

  • Similar sized moving grade boxes
  • Furniture pads
  • Mattress bags
  • Packing tape
  • Tarps
  • Furniture/Appliance Dolly
  • Ropes, bungee cords and other tie-downs
  • Step stool
  • Sturdy working gloves
  • Locate ‘filler’ items to maximize padding (i.e. pillows, blankets, stuffed animals)

When packing a moving truck, it is best to visualize the game Tetris, filling in all the gaps to stabilize each row. Start with appointing a ‘supervisor’ to direct the placement of items for the best fit in the space available. Place the larger heavier items along the front wall of the truck as shown in the picture above. This will avoid sliding and elimination of possibly damaging your items. Keep in mind, the heavier boxes should be towards the bottom of the stack for stabilization and to protect the lighter more fragile items on top. Make sure to use filler items such as blankets and pillows when packing boxes on top of other furniture, it is best to be generous with padding to avoid broken, scratching or denting your goods. But the most important thing to remember: stay calm. Breathe deeply and work together with your helpers. Keep calm and move on!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.

With comments or questions contact Alex Lee, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.