So, you’re getting ready to move and you’re doing your best to really figure out the most efficient way to take care of everything. You want to be certain that you have everything organized and packed – but you’re not 100% sure how you want to take care of all of it.
Whether you’re hiring cross country moving companies or you’re taking care of a local move, you want to pack in a manner that makes sense and is low stress.
Using suitcases and other such things to pack up your items is one big step in ensuring that you are going to be able to save some money and make sure that you save as much space as possible. Here are our tips for packing suitcases (and other empty containers) while packing.
Find Everything Empty that You Can Pack
There are going to be a lot of different things that you’re going to have in your home that you want to be able to pack up. Suitcases are one of the most essential options – but you can also find other containers to load up as well.
For example, do you have any sort of empty bin? Maybe you’re looking at some small containers that are usually in your bathroom or attic? If it’s empty and it’s of a certain size (which we’ll talk about next), then you can use it as a packing box, which will make everything a lot easier when it comes to purchasing moving supplies in the future.
Consider Size and Shape
As you start to look at all of your containers (including suitcases), you want to be sure that you consider both the size and the shape of those items. In many cases, you’ll find that many of them are going to be big enough to hold a lot of items.
Shape also matters – if you have a container or suitcase that is not of a typical shape, then you want to be sure that you do your best to accommodate that in your packing. That way, it isn’t going to get in your way and it’s going to be a lot easier to load up when you finally get the truck up and going on moving day itself.
Use Boxes for Fragile Items Instead of Suitcases
Fragile items are going to need a little more care than other things. You want to be certain that you don’t put fragile items in a suitcase unless it’s a hard suitcase of some sort. Suitcases often get tossed around or dropped without a lot of care for what is inside of them, so you want to pack up items that aren’t quite as fragile.
You can, however, use box-shaped containers and hard suitcases to transport fragile items. Just make sure that you go ahead and pack them as carefully as you can.
Wrap them up in clothing (or whatever else it is that you want to pack in there with them) and make sure that there is little to no space for the item to be shaken up.
Make Sure You Can Label Them in Some Manner
Labeling is a big part of the packing process, but it’s especially essential when you’re looking at suitcases and other containers as something you’ll be packing items into. Now, unlike boxes, you’re not going to be able to write directly onto the material when you start labeling them.
In many instances, you will find that some sort of tape or other sticky labels will work quite well when it comes to labeling. Then, all you need to do is write whatever you need to write on the piece of tape – it’ll be obvious what’s in there and it will be a quick way to glance and see what is inside of something.
Another consideration could be luggage tags. You can use a luggage tag in order to let people know what’s going on inside of the bag that you have going with you.
You can always update your inventory list to list off what is in a specific suitcase as well. But, it’s easier to have some sort of label attached to the suitcase (or other container) so that you can see what’s in there just by glancing at it and reading what the label says.
What Should I Even Put in My Suitcases?
Suitcases are great for a lot of different things, which is why it’s always a great idea to consider them as a moving supply. For example, you can use them to store clothing – in many cases, if you aren’t using clothing as packing material, you need somewhere for it to go. Suitcases are the obvious answer, since that is what suitcases are utilized for in the first place.
Linens, towels, and other soft items can go inside of suitcases as well. Many parents will use a suitcase or two in order to best transport stuffed animals, since they can end up taking quite a bit of room if you aren’t careful with how you pack them.
Suitcases are also good for books, if they’re smaller suitcases. Too many of us make the mistake of putting too many books in large boxes, which makes them a hazard to carry and could cause injury if you’re not careful with it. So, be aware of the size when you’re looking at whether or not books are a good option for a suitcase you have.
Otherwise, it’s up to you what you pack! It’s typically best to try for things that are flexible or soft, since they have a lower chance of getting damaged during transit.
Overnight Bag or Open First?
One of the best ways to use a suitcase (especially if it’s a smaller one) is as your overnight emergency bag, or your “open first” container.
Overnight bags are a must – if you get to your new home later than expected, or you end up delayed for whatever reason, you want to have the flexibility to be able to just open up the overnight bag with any medications, toothbrushes, pajamas, and whatever else you may need. Then, you can get ready for bed and wake up to deal with it the next day.
An “open first” box is a box or bag that you prepare in order to ensure that you have the things that you need upon arrival at your new home.
This can include additional paperwork, any keys or whatever else you’ll need to get into your home, emergency numbers, bed sheets, and any other number of items that you may want to have on hand upon arrival.
Either way, your suitcase is always a good option in this context – it’s lightweight, it’s the right size, and you’re using the suitcase for what you purchased it for in the first place, anyway.
Can Suitcases Go on the Truck?
Absolutely! As long as you adhere to all of the different rules and regulations that are outlined in your contract (which should also include state and local laws that you need to adhere to), you can put pretty much any sort of container in the truck.
If you are packing suitcases, be sure that they’re on top of everything else. This will prevent them from being ripped or damaged during transit.
If you’re really worried about the condition that your suitcase will be in after your move is completed, go ahead and take it with you in your vehicle instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have extra suitcases that I can’t use?
In some instances, you may find that you’ve got luggage sets that are oddly shaped or, they just aren’t big enough to fit the things that you need to fit. If you can put luggage inside of other luggage, you’re still saving space. But if they’re really unusable, then sell or donate them.The last thing you want to do is pay moving companies to move empty luggage.
Should I hire packers when I hire movers?
It depends on your situation. If you have the time and/or ability to deal with the packing on your own, then you can save some money and do it yourself.
If you’re worried that you’re going to end up not having enough time to take care of everything, then you want to go ahead and hire packers. They’re fairly affordable and may come at a lower price if you hire at the same time.
How early should I start packing?
If you’re packing on your own, start the process ASAP. Even if you hire packers, take some time to sort out what is actually being moved, and what is being donated, sold, or thrown away. It’ll make the packer’s job easier and quicker.
Packing Up for Moving Day
Moving day is on the way, and there are a lot of ways you can make all your packing happen. Look into the options available and see what there is for you to do. In the long run, you’ll have all sorts of ways to get ahead of the game. You can find answers and know that you’ve got a plan for your moving day.