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what should go here or there

When packing your household items to move, you should segment your packing into 3 areas:

  1. items to pack and move on the truck
  2. items that you will move yourself
  3. items that will be discarded

    use our item inventory list for help

Pack Items to Go With You

pack items to go with you for use during travel and while you wait to unload your truck and connect utilities:

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From the Kitchen:
  • snacks and other prepared foods
  • bottled water
  • plastic plates, cups, utensils
  • paper towels,
  • garbage bags

From the Bathroom:

  • toothbrushes,
  • toothpaste,
  • mouth wash,
  • soap and towels,
  • shampoo,
  • facial cleaners,
  • other hygiene products
  • cash and coin
  • jewelry
  • photographs
  • famly papers

Medicine Cabinet:

  • first aid kit
  • band-aids
  • aspirin
  • other medical prescriptions
  • peroxide
From Bedroom Closet:
  • clothes for each family member
  • change of clothing
  • blankets and pillows
  • sleeping bags
  • weather gear

From Utility Cabinet:

  • flashlights
  • candles,
  • matches
  • tools: screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches
  • scissors
  • light bulbs
  • cutting blades

From the Kid's Room:

  • toys
  • game activity
  • diapers
  • ointment

For the Pet:

  • toys
  • food
  • snacks
  • cage or other

Pack Items That Go Onto the Truck

pack items to go onto the truck:

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  • label each box clearly
  • list contents and the room where box should be placed; i.e., kitchen, up bathroom, master bedroom, garage, family room, etc. (ex: Kitchen::glassware)
  • place label on side box so that it can be viewed clearly no matter how boxes are stacked
  • it is a good rule to label opposite sides of the box to prevent the reshuffling of boxes when movers stack boxes against a wall
  • moving truck will not move any flammable items. You need to make arrangements to dispose of these items before the move:

    items that cannot be shipped
    • bleach
    • house paints
    • open containers of liquid
    • propane tanks or cans
    • gas or oils
    • butane
    • ammunition
    • open alcohol containers
    • open non sealed food containers
    • aerosols
    • fire extinguishers
    • welding gas
    • antifreeze
    • disinfectant cleaners
    • perishable foods
    • items with excessive order
    • any other item that may be flammable, combustible or explosive

    • check your community rules for disposal of hazardous items: view community listing

Discarding Your Stuff

ways to discard unwanted items:

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