Moving can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Before your move, make sure you have all the moving essentials you’ll need for an orderly, stress-free packing experience.

1. Moving Boxes

Moving boxes in bare room with coupleOf course, you’ll need to pick up boxes before you start moving.

You can usually find cardboard boxes at your local home improvement store—just ask the store manager, and you’ve got yourself a free set of moving boxes. Container stores will also carry sturdier, longer-lasting moving supplies if you’re willing to pay a little extra.

2. Pens and a Notepad

Blank notepad and ballpoint penIt’s much easier to keep your move organized when you know exactly what’s in each of your boxes and which room to unpack them in. Grab some pens for labeling your items, and carry a checklist of items you’ve packed and where you intend to unpack them. More tips for moving.

3. Packing Tape

hands closing cardboard box with packing tapeNot only can packing tape keep your boxes securely closed, but you can also use it to make your own labels if you intend to reuse your boxes and don’t want to write directly on them in pen.

4. Box Cutters

hands closing cardboard box with packing tapeYou may not need box cutters when you move out, but they’ll certainly make the unpacking process much simpler by providing you with an easy, mess-free way to open your moving boxes.

5. Packing Material

wrapping dishes in bubble wrap before packingMake sure you have something soft but relatively durable to fill the empty spaces in your boxes so that your belongings won’t slide around. Bubble wrap, packing paper, and even extra sheets, blankets, and towels all make excellent packing materials.

6. Resealable Plastic Bags

hexagon bolts in sealed plastic bagsPlastic baggies can help you keep track of small, easy-to-lose items you’ll need to find later, such as bolts and screws for reassembling furniture.

7. Hand Truck

handtruck loaded with a box in an empty roomA dolly or hand truck will make moving your items into the truck much easier—your arms won’t be tired from carrying boxes, and you can save trips by stacking multiple boxes or items on a hand truck.

8. Hire Some Help

men unloading furniture and boxes from moving truckBeing properly prepared and calling a Best Pick moving service will help your moving process go much more smoothly and give you some much-needed peace of mind.