5 Packing Tips for Moving in a Hurry


Whether it's due to a sudden job relocation, an unexpected opportunity, or a time-sensitive circumstance, moving to a new place in a hurry can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. While a regular moving timeline is more of a marathon, this is more like running a 400-meter sprint, as cramming the moving process into a shorter amount of time makes it even more stressful.


However, at Safeguard Self Storage, we aim to guide you through the moving process when time is of the essence. We came up with five packing tips for moving in a hurry to help you in this crazy time. Let’s make your fast-paced move a success!


Make and Follow a Checklist


Prioritize and organize! Running low on time makes it crucial to know exactly what needs to get done and remain as productive as possible without getting sidetracked by minor details. A checklist maps out what needs to be done and keeps you on track.


Make a comprehensive checklist of all the tasks you need to accomplish before, during, and after the move. Be sure to break down the tasks into smaller, manageable steps to stay organized. The checklist might include:


  • Buying the necessary moving supplies
  • Canceling, starting, or transferring utility services from one address to another
  • Renting a moving truck
  • Hiring movers or recruiting friends and family to assist
  • Updating your address
  • Forwarding your mail
  • Cleaning the inside of all appliances (everyone’s favorite!)


Donate Or Throw Away Anything You Don’t Need


It’s time to get decisive about what stays and what goes, any extra items, appliances, or clothing will just slow you down. That shirt you bought 3 years ago and worn once? Gone. The rollerblades you got during the pandemic because you couldn’t think of anything better to do? Gone. The InstaPot you tried once and has been sitting in the back of the pantry ever since? Might be time for it to find a new home.


Ask for Help…and Use It!


Start by deciding if you will need movers or not. If yes, when will you need them? Once you’ve made these decisions, begin asking friends and family if they have any extra time to lend a helping hand. The more help, the merrier the moving. Make sure you’re prepared for the moving crew before it arrives, and know where you want them and how best they can help. Otherwise, you’re wasting time (and you don’t have much to spare!)


Pack Your “Essentials” Bag


This step is the most forgotten, but also the most helpful. Before starting the packing process, pack an overnight bag of everything you can’t live without so that you have access to them while the rest of your life is stored in inaccessible boxes. These essentials might include:


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Pajamas
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • A change of clothes
  • Phone and laptop chargers
  • Your everyday essentials, such as wallets and car keys.


Self Storage Can Help Ease the Moving Strain


When moving in a pinch, sometimes it helps to have a storage unit nearby to ease your transition. If you find yourself needing to get your belongings out of your current home before your new one is ready, or you simply want to have more control over when you bring each box, appliance, or piece of furniture into your new place, bringing your belongings to self storage until you are ready for them can take a lot of stress off of your shoulders.


With locations across Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and more, Safeguard Self Storage has plenty of flexible household storage options at convenient locations near you. Find your nearest storage facility and give them a call or rent and reserve your unit online today!


Keep Calm and MOVE On 

Panicking can only slow you down, which is the last thing you need. Take a deep breath, grab that empty box over there, and get to work. Moving can be physically and emotionally draining, so remember to take breaks, stay hydrated, and get enough rest. You’ve got this!

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