Packing Tips for Moving in a Hurry: Last-minute Relocation Guide


Most of the moving news comes as no surprise but there are situations when people do not have enough time to get ready for relocation and they have to cope with all the challenges quickly. One of the main responsibilities to complete planning your relocation is packing. It is especially difficult to pack all your valuables if you go for a long distance and are short of time. That is why it is necessary to consider the following tips before you start packing for your last-minute repositioning. 

  • Make up a checklist

Naturally, you should know exactly what to take with you. Moreover, a checklist is required to understand the size of the vehicle needed for relocation, number, and type of packing materials, and it can also serve as a proof list on arrival to the final destination. 

  • Gather a bag of essentials first

It will not be such a big disappointment to forget some towel or dishware but if you do not take some documents, valuables or important medicine, it can be a real problem. Therefore, you should gather your bag of essential things to take with at the very beginning of the process and only then continue regular packing. One more important point is to put this bag to the place for you not to forget and for movers not to load it as the rest of the cargo – don’t forget to label it too.

  • Pack everything as it is

Since you are short of time and need to complete everything as fast as possible, put all your clothes to the boxes together with coathangers and remove laundry and other possessions from the shelves directly to the boxes. 

  • Get packing materials

One of the main tasks for every person who is on the point of moving is to find packing supplies. It is possible to find free boxes in the stores or buy second hand moving supplies if your budget is limited. At the same time, you can order packing materials in the moving company too. 

  • Avoid sorting

You simply have no time to make an inventory and divide your belongings into groups. The only thing you can do is to get rid of the items you definitely leave in your old dwelling. 

  • Start packing another room only when you complete the first one

Experts like recommend proceeding with packing to another room only when you have completed doing the same in the previous one. Otherwise, it is possible to forget or lose anything.

  • Use some of your belongings to secure breakable things

Sometimes there is no sense to waste money for special bubble wrap or wait for the packing materials to arrive since you can use your own soft things such as socks, towels, blankets to secure fragile and easy-to-break items. They are at your hand and they can save your time too. 

  • Label boxes by rooms

It is important to remember not only to label every box with a number but also indicate in what room they were packed. It will make the unpacking process faster and easier as well as help you to find something important if you suddenly need it. These labels are also a necessity when it comes to fragile and expensive items too. 

  • Remove all the things you do not take to an empty room

One of the main problems connected with last-minute relocation is an inability to evaluate what things are really needed and which ones can be donated or thrown away. However, a lack of time is a great stimulus since you make your decisions faster too. Therefore, you should quickly evaluate every room and remove things that are not needed from them. It will prevent movers and other assistants from taking them and you can make your estimate lower thanks to that. 

  • Get help from others

If you face a situation of an urgent move, don’t take all the responsibility for it on yourself. Try to share it with anyone else and ask for help. Undoubtedly, you have relatives and friends that can help you with getting things packed. If not, hire full-service movers and packers to get professional assistance from them.

  • Order services of a moving company

Since not all companies agree to serve last-minute relocation, it is important to find a trusted mover such as, for example, for all your efforts not to be useless. When you know that your movers will arrive at a definite time, you can schedule your responsibilities and be able to complete them on time.

  • Explain to movers what to take

You are lucky if you have a coordinator during your relocation, but if movers deal with boxes and wrapped items themselves, don’t be shy to explain the peculiarities to them. You should warn them about things that should not be packed as well as about your bag of essentials to prevent misunderstandings.

Last-minute relocation is full of stresses and it is important to know all the basics of urgent moving and packing to feel confident in every situation. These simple tips will help you to pack efficiently even if you run out of time. 

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