How to Pack a Moving Truck

BY GoodCall

How to Pack a Moving Truck


When it comes to a do-it-yourself move, one of the most challenging parts is packing the truck. No matter how large a truck you rent, it never looks big enough for all your stuff. Relax, though. That’s why GoodCall® has a checklist for it.

The No. 1 thing you can do to help yourself – find a parking place as near the house, condo or apartment you’re moving out of as possible. Even the stoutest of moving help can wilt carrying heavy stuff long distances.

That said, following is a checklist for packing the truck:

Items you should have on hand

  • Moving blankets
  • Stretch wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Mattress covers
  • Furniture covers
  • Rope or bungee cords
  • A dolly

Packing the truck

  • Cover the floor of the truck trailer with plastic wrap or a tarp. It will protect the items you move from dust and dirt.
  • Start at the front and fill in from bottom to top of the trailer.
  • Load heavy appliances and furniture first, removing cushions from couches and storing in garbage bags. Square off these items with boxes. Tie loads down when possible.
  • Fill in all gaps with fillers – pillows, bags of clothes, etc. Put blankets or other padding on top of furniture to prevent scratches.
  • Wrapped artwork and mirrors can be packed upright between mattresses.
  • Put heaviest boxes on the floor of the truck, and stack lighter ones on top of them.
  • Cover lawn mowers and equipment with tarps or plastic sheeting.
  • Fill in as if you were assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Use every space possible.
  • Last, pack your first night box or boxes – with snacks, cold water, paper places, plastic cups and utensils and more.

What can't go in the truck

Following are some of the items that can’t be transported in moving trucks. Your truck rental company will have a complete list.

  • Aerosol cans
  • Bleach
  • Lighter fluid
  • Ammonia
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Some weed killers
  • Paint
  • Gasoline or kerosene
  • Insecticides
  • Liquor and other alcoholic beverages
  • Matches
  • Motor Oil
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Propane tanks
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Fire extinguishers