How To Pack a Moving Truck: Learn From The Experts

moving boxesThe thought of moving all your belongings from one space to another (no matter the distance) is overwhelming. Whether you have moved several times or are a first time mover, it’s valuable to understand the best way to pack and load a moving truck.

Below we have compiled tips and steps on how to successfully prepare, pack and load your moving truck.


When it comes to packing there are several necessary materials that make the process more efficient. Here is a list of what you should collect:

  • Boxes of different sizes
  • Padding supplies i.e. moving blankets
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Marking pens
  • Large tarp or plastic wrap
  • Moving straps
  • Filler items (pillows, clothes, blankets, etc.)

Packing Tips

Next, before you begin chucking your belongings randomly into boxes, we suggest reviewing our list of helpful suggestions as you begin to pack.

  • Label boxes: On the side of each box, mark what items are in the box and the designated room it will go in. This will make the unpacking process much more manageable. Make sure you label the side so when the boxes are stacked you can see the marking.
  • Use color-coding: Choose a color for each room so when unloading, anyone who is assisting you is easily able to determine where to place the box.
  • When packing boxes, place heavier items on the bottom of the box to allow for the least amount of damage.
  • Cover the opening of toiletries with saran wrap and place the tops back on to avoid a massive spill.
  • Vacuum seal your out of season clothing to save space, and place neatly in boxes.
  • Stuffing Items: Set aside sweatshirts, sweatpants, or blankets for padding. Use these materials when packing items, such as glassware, to provide an extra layer of protection. Another way to fill space to avoid damage during transit is by using wadded newspapers.
  • Snap photos: Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember where the wires go.

How to Load the Truck in 9 Steps

Once your boxes are packed, it’s time for the main event: loading the moving truck! Follow the 9 steps below:

  1. Form an obstacle-free pathway from the door to the moving truck, so helpers are easily able to walk back and forth.
  2. Lay a tarp or plastic wrap on the floor of the truck to protect your items against dirt and scratches.
  3. While maintaining the clean pathway, place all of your bigger pieces outside of the truck to assess what you are working with.
  4. Dissemble furniture for easier placement in the truck.
    • If a particular piece of furniture, like a table, takes up too much room, dissemble the piece for a more efficient use of space.
  5. Load the heaviest items into the truck first and place towards the driver.
  6. Then, we suggest lining the outside of the truck with heavier boxes for even weight distribution.
    • When it comes time to actually drive the truck, it will make turns smoother.
  7. Place padding supplies on furniture.
    • Lay blankets or protectors on furniture once it has entered the truck to avoid damage.
  8. Move the lighter boxes into the center of the truck.
    • These boxes will not get crushed due to the outer layer of protection.
  9. Use packing straps.
    • Once you have all of your items in the truck, you’re not done yet! Utilize packing straps to hold down the items so that they do not shift in transit.
    • Strap down sections at a time for optimum safety.

Tip: There should be two people in the truck who are designated loaders, while the rest carry the furniture to the truck or hand it off if it’s light enough.

Good luck in your move—with organization and friends to help, you’ll make it through moving day stress-free!