Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.
Styrofoam pellets or "popcorn" and foam peanuts.
Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.
Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.
Scissors and/or sharp knife.
Make a plan before packing.
Pack one room at a time.
Pack a couple of boxes a day, starting well ahead of time.
When getting boxes from rocery stores keep in mind that insect and insects eggs can travel in food boxes.
Label each box with room and contents and make a log of all boxes and contents.
All boxes with "fragile" items should be marked accordingly and clearly.
Pack what you need least, first.
Always remember, the heavier the contents, the smaller the carton.
Disassemble any items you can.
Insure items with sharp corners or projections are prevented from puncturing or scratching the boxes.
Be sure to have plenty of "filling" material available.
Fill any unused space in boxes with paper or other filler to prevent shifting during transit.
Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
Get rid of items you do not need or want. Garage sales, consignment shops or charitable organizations are a great way to avoid moving unnecessary items.
Move your valuables, house plants, necessities, and specialty items with you.
Please do not pack the following items:
Fertilizers containing Ammonium Nitrate.
Fire Arms or Ammunition.
Flammable or corrosive chemicals.
Food in Glass Jars.
Paints and paint thinner.
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