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How to Pack a Moving Truck

Moving can be a tiring task to accomplish. It is never an easy job with all the planning, packing, and moving of heavy furniture. Moreover, with hard work, one must consider how they will pack their moving truck. Packing a moving truck is the most important part of the move. Knowing what to pack and where to put it can be pretty stressful, but you'll have your belongings organized in no time by using these simple tips!


First, let's go over what supplies you'll need to get started:

  • Boxes
  • A moving truck/tomb
  • Tape (masking and packing)
  • Pens and paper (to make a layout plan of your truck)

Now we can get started on how to pack a moving truck!

Inventory of all your belongings

With this list, you're ready to begin packing your truck. To save time and money, try piling everything in one area first. Figure out what room each item will go into and label it accordingly. This will help organize the inside of the moving truck and make it easier to find things when you're unpacking at your new home.

Once you've organized all your belongings into general piles, start with the largest items like furniture. Make sure that nothing is blocking any windows or doors, and use caution while packing in small spaces, so you don't damage anything during the move.

Disassemble all the furniture 

Disassemble all the furniture that needs to be packed before loading it up. This will make it much easier to pack the truck. Make sure to take pictures of each piece assembled for future reference during the move. For example, take apart the bed and place all pieces in their labeled boxes. This makes it easier to pack and will make your life much less stressful once you're ready to move your furniture into the new home.

See also: Tips on How to Move Furniture When You Have Stairs

Choose the size of the truck 

The size of the truck you need will vary depending on your moving needs. If you're only moving a few belongings, renting a smaller-sized truck might be the easiest and cheapest. On the other hand, if it's just one large item like a piano or pool table, you'll want to save yourself the time, energy, and effort of disassembling it by renting a truck that's capable of moving large items.

Load light items last 

Pack the lighter items like flowers and pillows on top of everything else. If you place them in last, it will give your truck a more stable ride and help prevent any damage while moving. Plus, most smaller items won't take up much space at all, so having them on top is an easy way to maximize your packing skills.

Make sure there is nothing loose 

Before you close the truck, make sure that no items have fallen out. Use a piece of tape to hold anything in place if necessary. Everything should be securely packed so that it won't shift during the drive-over. If anything does shift, you'll want to know before you take off so that you can find a way to fix it.


Make sure not to over-pack the truck 

Overcrowding the moving truck will only lead to more problems once you get to your new home. You don't want your belongings being damaged by riding on the outside of the truck, so make sure it's not over-packed. You also don't want your belongings to slide around or break when going around a turn too tight.

Label everything 

As you continue packing, be sure to label out each box with a permanent marker and what room it belongs in once you get to your new home. You don't want to be wasting time figuring out where the dishes go when you get there, so make sure everything is labeled correctly.

Once everything is packed and labeled, you're ready to go! Ensure that the moving truck is gassed up and have a safe trip to your new home. 

Packing the Truck

When planning to load your belongings, think about different ways to organize your possessions. When deciding how you should pack your items into the truck, it will depend mainly on the size of your cargo and what kind of vehicle you are planning to load up. If you are planning on packing small items into boxes placed in the back of a truck, think about where everything would go so that it's easier to unload once you arrive at your new home. Some places to avoid placing items are along with the wheel wells and too high up, so they don't break during travel.

If you plan to load your truck with larger items, think about using large pieces of furniture like dressers or tables to stack heavy objects on top of each other without placing anything directly on top of another item. When stacking these items, be sure that they are stable enough not to move around during travel and if possible, use something like hay or blankets to prevent them from moving too much.

Close all doors 

Make sure each door is securely closed. Fold-up truck beds have removable side panels, so you might have trouble closing them without propping them up with something. Use a piece of plywood or something similar for this instead of your body or anything else that might be too thin or lack the sturdiness needed to hold the door closed.

Secure boxes and tie-downs 

Wrap your belongings with stretch wrap to prevent any items from falling out during travel, secure them down with ratchet straps or bungee cords (not the kind that bounces), and put them in place using furniture movers. This will keep your belongings safe if everything is properly secured.

Remember, loading a truck can be very difficult and time-consuming, so it might be best to have multiple people with you when doing this. The more people you have on hand, the easier it will be to load your truck promptly so that you don't waste any time driving to your new place.

See also: Hire Full Service Movers | How to Calculate Fuel Costs When Renting a Moving Truck | Emergency Moving: Steps to Survive a Last-Minute Move


There are many ways to organize and load your belongings into the back of a truck. If you're having trouble, ask for help or hire someone to load it up for you. Use stretch wrap and furniture movers to hold things in place while transporting. Ensure that nothing is loose and that all doors are securely closed before driving off to your new home.



How do I prevent my belongings from sliding around once on the truck?

Make sure your items are secure and strapped down with stretch wrap and furniture movers, then be sure to stack heavier items first and lighter ones last, so they don't move as much.

Where should I place boxes in the truck?

Try to place boxes near the wheel wells so that they don't slide around too much. If there are small items like shoes or papers, you can stack them on top of each other in an organized way for easier unloading once you arrive at your new home. 

How should I keep my doors closed during travel?

Tie them securely and use something like a piece of plywood to prop up the door so that it doesn't come open in transit. Ensure that nothing is dangling from the side or bottom of the truck when driving.

How do I keep my furniture from moving during travel?

Make sure your boxes are packed properly with heavy items on top and lighter ones on the bottom. Stack larger items like dressers and tables before stacking smaller flat boxes on top of them to avoid any squished items.

How many people should be helping me load?

Load up your truck with at least 2 or 3 helpers, if possible, to make sure your belongings are safe during transport. Having more will make it go faster and easier to get things loaded.

Also Read: How Much Do Two Men and a Truck Cost | Why Hire Movers to Load a Truck?

Where should I avoid placing items in my truck?

Try not to place anything near the wheel wells or too high up so that they don't break during travel. If you plan to load your truck with larger items, use large pieces of furniture like dressers or tables to stack heavy objects on top of them (like boxes) for more stability.

When should I not be loading up my truck?

Never load your truck if the weather is too hot, too cold, or if there is a chance of rain. Don't forget to contact your moving company and inform them about any delays so that they don't go to where you are supposed to move and wait for you.

Where should I store my belongings?

Store your items in a climate-controlled storage unit with no chance of flooding or extreme heat/cold. Keep them away from direct sunlight and avoid storing anything that might attract bugs.

How many days should I expect to move and unpack?

Moving and unpacking take time, but if you work efficiently and get a lot of help from friends/family, you can do it in anywhere from 1-3 days.

How do I pack my truck the cheapest way possible?

Pack your truck however you'd like by stacking larger items near the bottom and lighter ones on top. Stack boxes in an organized way to avoid squished or broken items, but it's up to you how you pack them.

What should I pack first?

Pack the heaviest items first near the wheel wells, then stack lighter objects on top of them to prevent squishing. Place smaller items like shoes or papers into large boxes that you can stack at higher levels for more stability.

What should I avoid doing when loading my truck?

Avoid letting any doors hang open or get smashed by larger items, make sure boxes are tightly packed to avoid any squished or broken objects, and don't load your truck if it's going to rain.

What if my belongings get damaged during transportation?

If you notice any damages while unloading your truck, show it to your movers before signing off that everything is in good shape. If you are planning on moving your belongings by yourself, pack them securely so that nothing gets damaged during transport.

What should I do with the stretch wrap?

Use it to secure large objects like furniture or even smaller items like bikes and tricycles. Make sure it's tight and not hanging off any edges to avoid it from snapping loose during transit.