Packing Guide

If U.Santini Moving & Storage is in charge of your packing and unpacking process, you will enjoy a smooth and stress-free move from start to finish. However, if you choose to do your own packing, take a look at our practical packing guide:

Man unpacking in new home
Give yourself plenty of time for packing – it can be very time-consuming.


  1. Packing always takes longer than you think.
    Give yourself plenty of time. Start early.
  2. Mark the boxes you will need first with a star or other symbol.
    Place belongings you are going to need on Day One — sheets, towels, toiletries, change of clothes — in a suitcase or a hamper for easy access.
  3. Designate a place to pack.
    Your packing station should be a little-used room or corner in your apartment or house.
  4. Plan your packing material requirements with us.
    Schedule our deliveries of boxes (assorted sizes), wardrobes, packing tape, cushioning materials, popcorn, newsprint and whatever else you need 3 weeks before your move date. Make sure you have a stash of markers on hand.
  5. Pack heavy things in smaller boxes; light stuff in big boxes.
    Packing is counter-intuitive. You don’t want to fill a large box until it weighs 100 pounds and breaks.
  6. Don’t empty dressers and chests before you move.
    Leave them full, and tape the drawers shut. This makes the most of valuable truck space. You will also get less load shift. If a chest is empty, fill it with linens. And don’t pack empty suitcases. Fill them – you don’t want to pack air!
  7. Boxes stack, but sturdy trash bags squish.
    Heavy Duty Trash Bags are a treasure. Fill them with soft nonbreakables. They can be stuffed into trucks and squeezed into places that boxes can’t be.
  8. Pack Hanging Clothes in Wardrobes.
    When the move is over, your hanging clothes will remain fresh and be easy to transfer to your new closets. Make sure you order enough wardrobes from us.
  9. Remember to Pad and Stack when you Pack.
    Save on boxes by using blankets and beach towels as pads. Wrap and tape blankets around lamp bases and artwork. Protect your lampshades from taking a beating. Remove each shade; stack them small to large, then pack them together in one or two boxes.
  10. Mark every box by writing its contents and destination (kitchen, master bedroom, etc.) on more than one side.
    Label every box on two sides. If contents are fragile, label it “FRAGILE” Or, “HANDLE WITH CARE”.
  11. Have everything packed before U.Santini arrives.
    The final tip of our packing guide – disassemble whatever needs to be taken apart (tape nuts and bolts securely to furniture items). Roll area rugs up tight and tape them. The more organized you are, the less time your move will take.

You’re packed. It’s time for U.Santini to load up the truck.



Or give us a call, we’d love to help you with your moving, packing, or storage needs!