Packing Your Car for a Move

When packing for a move, it is vital to make sure that everything is ready to go on the moving truck. Companies such as Priority Moving Services will make sure everything is pad-wrapped and boxes padded and sealed to provide the maximum safety for the contents.

However, it’s also important to think about how you will pack your own car. Don’t wait until the last minute to consider how to pack your car. Review our five tips below to make your next moving day the smoothest ever.

1. Snacks

Yes, food. Moving day is exhausting and strenuous for everyone, so prepare a cooler with sandwiches, healthy snacks, and a few bottles of water. While we’ll take care of the heavy lifting for you, it’s important to keep everyone in the family energized and hydrated.

2. Uninsured items

There are some items that won’t be insured if they’re on the truck. Items such as chemical cleaners and houseplants risk perishing inside a moving truck, especially if it’s a very hot day. Check out a complete list of items not to pack here.

3. Electronics and other Delicate Items

While we carefully pack our moving trucks, electronics such as laptops or tablets will fare much better in your personal vehicle. You may also want to pack your most prized keepsakes in the car, especially if they are fragile or very expensive.

Use your best judgment, but if you will feel better with certain items closer at hand, by all means bring them along in the car.

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4. Assess your vehicle

Nowadays, families will often have either an SUV or a minivan. Determine if you have enough room in the car to carry the items you’ll need to on moving day. If the car is a bit too small, consider renting a trailer.

Alternately, you might be able to use roof racks to carry overflow items on your car’s roof. This might also be a good time to see if you can borrow a friend’s truck or another large vehicle.

5. Safety first! 

When you pack your car, make sure that you can still drive it safely. Try to avoid stacking things to the roof. Make sure that you can see out of the windows. Some blockage may be okay but negotiate with your stuff to make sure that you can at least see your passenger-side rearview mirror and that you have at least 50% clearance out of your rear window.

To ensure your next move is seamless and stress-free, contact Priority Moving Services. Since 2006, our local moving experts have helped hundreds of families in the Portland and Hillsboro areas move into new homes. Be sure to read some of the testimonials from the satisfied customers we’ve served.