The Ultimate Moving Supplies Checklist

Before you can settle into your new home, there’s just a few minor things you have to get out of the way first.

You know, just like… the entire moving process.

Although it sounds dreadful, it really doesn’t have to be! All you need are the proper tools and supplies that will make your move a breeze.

From organizing and planning the move to packing and loading your stuff onto the truck (or watching other people do it!), we’ve got you covered.

Here’s the ultimate moving supplies checklist to help you get started:

Moving Boxes

cropped view of husband and wife carrying cardboard boxes and packing for new house, moving concept

How many boxes do you need? And in what size?

Well, it’s better to overestimate than underestimate, so we suggest snagging boxes of various sizes.

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large

Place heavier items in small boxes so that they are more manageable to load and unload on the moving truck. Lighter-weight items should be placed in larger boxes, making them more movable, as well.

Lastly, pack a box for the day of the move! Fill it with essentials and everything you’ll need day-of.

Cushioning & Protection

In order to protect your furniture and valuable items during the move, you’re going to need some gear.

Things like padding, blankets and bubble wrap will help cushion your items while being loaded onto the truck.

Not to mention, these items will ensure that your home is protected from any potential damages while maneuvering the halls and entryways.

  • heap of recyclable packaging materials - cardboard, paper, cornstarch pelletsFurniture pads
  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing paper
  • Corner protectors
  • Blankets
  • Towels

Safety Supplies

On moving day, safety is of the most importance, so it’s time to get equipped with the proper supplies.

This gear is meant to keep you from straining your muscles as well as secure certain household items for the loading process. Ropes and bungee cords will do the trick!

  • Moving straps
  • Gloves
  • Dollies
  • Bungee cords
  • Rope

Moving Day Toolkit

You never know what you’ll need on moving day and that’s what the DIY toolkit is for.

Throw any tools and supplies you think you’ll need on hand during the moving process, from measuring your doorways to disassembling furniture.

  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Flashlight


Your moving day is nothing without some much-needed organization.

happy family playing into new home

Utilize labels, colored tape and markers to categorize your moving boxes and make your unpacking process stress-free.

  • Labels
  • Colored tape
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent Markers

Cleaning Supplies

Once you move your household items, you may uncover some unpleasant scenes around the house.

Make sure you have all the supplies you need to leave you old space looking neat and give your new space a deep clean.

  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectants
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Trash bags

And for all the odds and ends, just add them to the ultimate moving supplies checklist because everyone’s move is different!

But don’t worry, we’re prepared for it all.

At Dowell’s Moving & Storage, we’ll ensure that your belongings are transported safely and securely.

Contact us today for a free moving quote!