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 When it comes to providing packing tips, it matters whether you are a traveler or a person who is contemplating relocation with your family, pets, plants, etc. Whatever be your reason for travel, there is one golden rule in packing. Pack only what you need. Most of us have a habit of accumulating material things, which after a few years, months or weeks of use becomes redundant. Yet many of us find it difficult to re-sell it, throw it, or even give it away. So when the time comes to pack your bags and make a move, we are in a fix, what to pack and what not to pack. So here are some basics of packing:

Make a list of things you truly need to take with you. Get rid of the items which you ‘think’ you will not need. Opt for a garage sale, gift it to charity, or if you think it could used by some one close to you, simply give it away.

Planning is essential in packing, as it is with any other aspect of relocation. do not trust your brains to memorize every item that you have to take – use your pen in stead and write them down. A list of items which you are taking is also handy, when it comes to unloading your goods.

Depending on whether you are traveling by car, air or ship, American Society of Travel Agents have compiled a list of ways and means to pack your goods, taking into consideration the limitations imposed by the airline or the government related to weight, security risks, health hazard, etc. It would be a good idea to go through their web site and see if there is any help you can get. These tips make you travel-wise, more so when it comes from people who know their business better than you.

Here are some general tips for packing, which will help you if you are moving your entire home to another state or city. There are many packing materials needed before you start the job of packing household goods. There are moving companies who can get these packing materials at very attractive discounted rates. Ask them, if they can help you with this aspect of packing:

Make sure that the packing boxes are never overweight. Keep the weight below 50 lbs. The trick is to keep heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.

The items which will not break during journey should be packed tightly in smaller boxes, to make them easy to lift. On the contrary, the fragile items should be packed loosely in plastic bags with plenty of bubble wrap.

Furniture pads are available on rent. Rent these as they become very helpful to give padding to a lot of furniture which might chip or suffer dents.

While packing, mark the boxes as per the room, viz., Bedroom 1 of 4, etc. You could even use colored stickers for identifying different rooms, blue for bedroom, etc. This will help you during unpacking. Write Fragile or use stickers for “This Side Up” for items which might get damaged if lifted wrongly.

When it comes to packing larger furniture like the bed, bureaus and tables, remember removing the legs, stuffing the drawers with clothes and padding them with tape and rope are helpful. Covering with a blanket or pads and tying them with tape and rope helps prevent damage in transit.

Remember to empty, defrosting and draining the freezer and dishwater before packing. You could also stuff old clothes or towels in the dishwater to keep the inside intact. Cover them with blankets or pads and then tie with rope and tape. Computers, TV and other electronic appliances are best packed in their original packing boxes.

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