Use our packing guide so you can find everything when the time comes to unpack and settle in

At Budget Trucks we understand while deciding to move can be an exciting experience, there is that one thing that everyone hates - and that's the packing! Do I need to wrap it in bubble wrap or newsletter? What box should I put it in and where should that box go in the truck? or Do I need to keep this fluro jacket from the 80's? The answer, to this out of fashion fluro jacket, is likely no! Rest assured though, moving and even packing doesn't need to be a nightmare! 

We've put together this helpful guide on how to pack like a pro! Follow it along to ensure your personal belongings get to your new address in one piece, and when the time comes to unpack those boxes and make yourself comfortable, you can easily find everything - hassle free!

Get Things In Order

The more pre-planning you do, the easier your move will be!

Here's some handy tips to help you get started.

  1. Create an inventory of what you will be moving to your new address
  2. Anything you're not moving, chuck it out or donate to charity before moving day
  3. Take photos of, or videotape unique and valuable belongings
  4. Make a note of the serial numbers on your electronic equipment

What You'll Need

Before you can start packing, you'll need the following materials:

  • Strong boxes
  • Wardrobe boxes with hanger bars (trust us on this one)
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap, wrapping paper, newspaper and tissue paper
  • Ziplock bags
  • Texta markers

Notes On Wrapping

  • Use bubble wrap, wrapping paper, or tissue paper to wrap all your breakables.
  • Newspaper will leave ink smudges on your precious bits and pieces and should only be used to cushion items that are already protected.
  • Use towels, old linen, and blankets to wrap and cushion fragile items.
  • Use ziplock bags for small odds and ends that usually clutter your drawers. (We're talking about that overflowing bottom drawer!)

Get Packing

  • The best advice we can give you, is to begin packing well ahead of moving day.
  • We recommend you use good, strong boxes, and always fully secure the tops bottoms.
  • Concentrate on one room at a time, and clearly label every box by item and room.
  • Designate an area close to your front door to place all your filled boxes ready to be moved.

These Hints Will Help You Pack Like A Pro:

  • Start by packing the items you don't need for your daily living routine.
  • Pack all your one of a kind, important and valuable items (including wills, share certificates and other important documents like passports and birth certificates, jewelry, photographs, and home videos) separately so that they can be carried with you on moving day. 
  • Alternatively you could consider moving these belongings to a safety deposit box until after the move.
  • Pack your breakables loosely with plenty of wrapping. Make sure the boxes are clearly labelled FRAGILE, and stack them towards the top of your piles.
  • Pack your non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes. Try to keep them to a weight you feel comfortable carrying. 
  • Pack your books flat and alternate the bindings so they stack evenly.
  • If you can, pack small appliances and electronic equipment in the boxes they came in, and tape them securely.
  • Make sure you have enough wardrobe boxes - it'll save you ironing later.

Bulky Things

  • When you take your bed apart, bind the frames together with tape or rope.
  • Fill your drawers with clothes or wrapped items. Cover the entire drawers with old linen or a blanket. Don't tape the drawers shut - you may damage the finish.
  • Cover your tables with old linen or a blanket. If you can, remove the legs. Wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and tie them to a leg.
  • For whitegoods, appliances, and other electronic equipment, check your owner's manual for any special instructions for moving.
  • Fill your washing machines with stuffed toys, towels, old linen, and blankets to keep the tub from moving around during the move.
  • Secure all drawers, ice containers, and other loose parts in your refrigerator. Pad any exposed coils to protect them during the move.

Tricky Things

  • Loosen the handlebars on your bikes and turn them sideways. Cover the chains and pedals to keep oil and grease off other items.
  • Wrap your small mirrors and pack them in boxes. Cover your wall mirrors, large paintings and other artwork with cardboard. If they'll fit, slide them into wardrobe boxes.
  • If your outdoor furniture is too heavy or bulky to move intact, disassemble what you can and place the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag to be taped to one part.
  • Roll up your carpets and rugs and secure with rope or tape.
  • Make sure all sharp edges on your tools or attachments are wrapped to prevent injury.
  • Pack your power tools with plenty of cushioning, and tape or tie your tool chests securely
  • Caution: Carefully dispose of the petrol and oil from your lawnmower and other machinery, as well as any flammable or poisonous household products. Do not pack oil rags: dispose of them to avoid spontaneous combustion.