If you are relocating and using a moving company, be sure to show them everything to be moved. Get a written estimate before the move and make sure your movers are properly licensed.
If you are moving on your own and using a rental truck, be sure to get a reservation prior to the move. Make sure you have the appropriate moving equipment such as a hand truck, rolling flatbed cart, etc. You will also need protection gear such as gloves and back supports.
Use new, uniformly sized boxes which will maximize space and stack more efficiently.
Begin with more boxes than you think you need. Most people under estimate their actual box needs.
Use the appropriate special purpose boxes such as dish packs and wardrobe.
Use small boxes for heavy items and larger ones for light things. Avoid packing fragile and heavy items together.
Fill each box completely to prevent collapse.
Use plenty of packing material to protect your possessions. Seal all boxes completely with strong packing tape.
Number your boxes and mark contents and/or the room on side.
Store only clean and dry things to prevent moth and mildew damage.
When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.
Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces.
Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals).
Place frequently needed items near the door to make it easier for you to get to.
You may want to create a diagram for where your boxes are to be placed.
Leave a small space between every item for ventilation.
Place heavy items on the bottom and light or odd-shaped items on top.
Pack your boxes with the labels facing out for easy visibility.