Here are a few suggestions we offer to help your move go smoothly:

  • Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
  • Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol and gas cylinders.
  • Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
  • Clothes – do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
  • Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
  • Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
  • Start making up your change of address list.
  • Arrange to have mail forwarded.
  • Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
  • If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
  • Have rugs cleaned.
  • If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
  • Round up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
  • Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
  • Want to take the car? Check on import regulations and the duty payable.
  • With regards to family pets– make sure vaccinations and documentation are up to date.
  • Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
  • Shops, schools, theaters, life styles – it’s never too early to find out about your new home.
  • Start running down freezer stocks.
  • Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary.

Packing materials

Be sure to use only strong and corrugated cartons with covers; we can supply you with specially made cartons for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. With the additional protection of mover-provided cartons, you may be able to avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials. Alternatively, you can collect boxes thrown out by your local grocery or liquor store. Saving newspapers is a good idea for packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items. Be aware that insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes – keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores. Here is a quick list of packing supplies that will come in handy:

  • Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.
  • Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn.”
  • Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
  • Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
  • Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.
  • Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
  • Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.
  • Scissors and/or sharp knife.

Packing glasses and stemware

  • Stuff glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before wrapping.
  • Lay down the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations (depending on size); pull sides of packing paper up and over glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls or cellular boxes may be used for added protection.

Despite what you’re packing, using crumpled packing paper in between each layer will ensure a snug fit. All boxes with “fragile” items should be marked accordingly.

Specialized packing tips

The list is limitless when it comes to household items. Most things can be packed by following our packing pointers. Here is an example of some additional packing tips for major items.

Bureau drawers

Take care not to overload. Overly heavy loads can cause damage. Please remove firearms and any items that might break or leak. Firearms and their serial numbers must be registered with your van line representative before the move begins.

Canned goods and non-frozen food

Pack no more than 24-30 cans per carton and be sure to pack upright. Don’t move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually in smaller cartons.

Frozen foods and plants

We cannot transport frozen foods if the move takes longer than 24 hours or is more than 150 miles. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines must be packed within a freezer which during loading is kept at a normal deep-freeze temperature.


Be sure to remove or secure the pendulums in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by specialists.

Drapes and curtains

Drapes can be hung over crossbars in wardrobe cartons or packed folded into clean cartons. Remove the curtains from rods, and then fold and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.

Flammables and combustibles

Do not pack liquids and aerosol cans. Changes in temperature may cause them to leak or explode.

Lamps and lampshades

Remove bulbs, harps and shades and roll up the cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton.  Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape this to the inside wall of a shade-containing carton. Be sure to wrap shades in tissue not newspaper. Place this upright in large, tissue-lined cartons.


Using masking tape, seal the caps. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. If needed during travel, carry this with you.

Mirrors, paintings and pictures

Notify your agent about valuable paintings that need special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings and frames and place these on the edge in cartons. Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard containers. Dresser and large wall mirrors will be taken down by movers and placed in special cartons. If you would like added safety, place tape diagonally across mirrors to better protect against damage. Don’t place newspapers directly against paintings.


Pack your electronic equipment in the cartons which you purchased them (if available). Otherwise, use strong and corrugated cartons with protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Wrap up cords even if still attached to your electronic device.


Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent tarnishing. Using an old Reliable Transferet or moving pad, wrap your silverware chest to prevent scratching.


Drain fuel from power tools. Pack your tools in small and strong cartons.

Packing pointers

It’s best to have a game plan before you start packing. For example:

  • Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
  • Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
  • Mark all boxes, designating room and box numbers. Make a carton identification log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the total number of cartons packed. It’s a good idea to leave space in your log for a special comments section to note carton conditions or location of high value goods. Notify your mover of any high value items.
  • Be sure to have plenty of “filling” material available.
  • Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
  • Packing tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.
  • Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 pounds or less; it makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember on carton size — the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.

We strongly recommend crating, packing and preparing these items for shipment:

  • Marble, glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments and mirrors 40″x 60″ or larger
  • Pool table slates
  • Bulky, fragile items like large trophies, statuary, chandeliers and other items that require crating
  • Antiques

These items should stay with you as you move:

  • Cash, securities, jewelry and furs, firearms (consult local laws), personal papers and documents (like birth certificates, insurance policies and deeds), prescriptions, coin and stamp collections, special family photographs and videos and moving-related documents.

If you’d like to do the packing yourself, here are some tips we’d like to share:

  • You can purchase the cartons and packing materials (unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap and tape) you’ll need from Reliable Transfer. We can help you choose the sizes and kinds you’ll need. You’ll save valuable time, compared to trying to track down suitable cartons at supermarkets. More importantly, our cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods.
  • Wrap fragile articles the way professionals do; use two layers of unprinted newspaper per glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly, but loosely enough to provide a cushioning effect.
  • Don’t overcrowd boxes. Professionals pack boxes so articles cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure. Don’t mix incompatible items (like books with glasses). Pack clothing in our special wardrobe containers. That way your clothes will hang straight and stay clean and virtually wrinkle-free.
  • Pack glasses standing on end, upside down, and not on their sides. Stack dishes on edge, and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newspaper. Before packing the dish pack box, layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newspaper.
  • Pack lampshades, mirrors, pictures, etc., in special cartons designed for them. Ask your North American representative for guidance.
  • Tape boxes across tops and edges. Seal every opening tightly. (See types of boxes, tools and materials you’ll need below.)
  • Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier. Label each box with your name, North American contract number, the room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents. Mark items you’ll need right away once you move with “unpack first,” and mark only truly fragile items with “fragile.”
  • Don’t pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans and corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law forbids movers to carry flammables. Properly dispose of or give away anything that could cause a fire or damage.

Tools and materials you’ll need

  • Unprinted newspaper and tissue paper (newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items)
  • 2″ plastic tape (to assemble and close cartons)
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Permanent markers

Packing dishware

Perform this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes and other dishware. When packing smaller dishes you may choose to stack in greater quantity.

  • Select a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dish pack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
  • With packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate on the paper.
  • Grasp a corner on several sheets of packing paper and pull the paper over the plate until sheets completely cover the plate. Stack a second plate on and, moving clockwise, grasp a second corner and pull sheets over the second plate.
  • Stack a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
  • Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
  • Re-wrap the entire bundle: start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle, cover bundle with next corner, then the third corner; and finally, the fourth.
  • Seal the bundle with packing tape.
  • Place the bundle of dish-ware in a medium-size box so that the plates are standing on edge

Packing cups

  • With packing paper in place on the work table, position one cup six to eight inches from one of the corners.
  • Now pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.
  • Nest a second cup directly on top, with the handle to the left (second cup should “nest” itself in packing paper folded over the bottom cups).
  • Pull the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck corners inside the top cup.
  • Hold the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the remaining corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner.
  • Delicate cups, like China, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass or china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped one at a time.

Waterbed mattresses

Be sure to drain all water from your waterbed mattress. Fold your mattress 20 inches at a time and adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner’s manual for specialized instructions regarding the care and transportation of your mattress. Don’t place mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects.

Cars and motorcycles

Motorcycles and cars shipped on the moving van should be drained of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected. There should be enough automobile antifreeze to sustain the cold.

Barbecue grills and propane tanks

Wrap grates and briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all briquettes into a grocery bag) and place parts in a carton. Pad carton with paper to reduce the movement of the contents inside. Drain your propane tanks before the move and consult your local gas and grill distributor for the safest method.
Talk to us for more moving tips in Juneau, AK.