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Basic Tool Kit

Include commonly used tools such as:

If you don’t have a power screwdriver, now might be the time to invest as they can save you tons of time. Be sure it is fully charged and has a variety of bits.
  • Buy an assortment pack of picture hooks and hangers now; it will make hanging your art and other d├ęcor a snap when you move in. Keep the hooks in your tool box so you don’t have to hunt for it.


There are a lot of great online resources to help you determine the exact type and quantity of boxes you will need for your move. Following is a list of what families might need for the average move:

Great for fragile or heavy items.
Catch all boxes for everything and anything. These are among the most popular.

Additional Packing Items

For securing items together within the truck or on the roof of a vehicle.
For short moves to pack any perishable items you wish to keep or for snacks for the car ride during longer moves.

Packing Materials

Protect flooring during both directions of the moving process.
Use this kind of wrap to secure drawers to dressers and provide some protection to surfaces.
Tissue paper or blank paper – avoid newspaper which can transfer ink.
For keeping smaller items such as screws safe. Be sure to label the contents and you may want to tape them to the item – just be sure not to tape to an area that could be damaged. Ziploc baggies are also great for liquids such as shampoo.
Secure drawers by rubber banding the knobs on the doors together so they can’t open.

Labeling / Organization

This is the clear tape.
Use different colored paper for each room; tape the paper to the box.

Box Sealing

This tape will keep the box from popping open and cannot be opened without a utility knife; look for the kind that has reinforced lines in it.

Box Opening


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