The Right Way to Pack a Moving Truck

Nothing is more stressful than renting a truck, packing it full of boxes and furniture, and then realizing you rented the wrong size. To avoid this disaster, start by using online calculators to figure out which truck size you need.


To save money on your rental, rent during slower times of the week or season. Also, ask about discounts for students, veterans and AAA members.


The right way to pack a truck can save you time, money and stress. It’ll also keep your belongings safe and secure while moving, and ensure that all items fit in the truck for a seamless transition.

To make sure your move is successful, start by planning out what items you’ll be packing in each box and which rooms they’ll go into at the new location. This will help you keep track of your boxes and furniture, and ensure that all of your items make it into the right room without any complications.

Once you’ve created a plan for packing your truck, it’s time to begin! Start by packing the heaviest items first, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, and large furniture pieces like couches and beds. Once these are in place, you can start packing the medium to light items. This includes any moving boxes you’ll need, as well as smaller furniture items like pictures, mirrors and TVs.

When you’re packing your boxes, be sure to label them by contents and room. This will save you time when unpacking at the other end and will also help reduce the risk of damage to fragile items by keeping them separate from each other. It’s also a good idea to use tie-downs and straps on all of your large furniture pieces and boxes to keep them from shifting during transit.

When it comes to the lighter stuff, try to avoid stacking too high. This can increase the likelihood of items falling and breaking during transit. Lastly, remember to use padded blankets or tarps on all of your furniture items to prevent them from getting scratched during the moving process. This will also help protect your carpet and upholstery in the truck.


When it comes to loading your truck, proper planning is the key to success. Before you start loading, make sure that the roadway and truck cargo bay are clear to reduce the chance of mishaps. You should also identify the working area, and ensure that only authorized personnel are inside. Taking these measures will prevent damage to your cargo and keep transport personnel safe.

If possible, load the heaviest items first. These include large furniture pieces like couches, dressers and beds as well as appliances like refrigerators and washer/dryers. These items should be placed near the front of the truck, close to the cab. This will save time and help distribute the weight of the cargo evenly.

Once the heavy items have been loaded, move on to the medium and lightweight objects. These may include boxes and small furniture items such as desks, tables and chairs. Remember to protect fragile items by wrapping them in blankets or bubble wrap and packing them in sturdy boxes. Clearly label these boxes to make it easy for unloading at your new home.

Loading smaller, lighter items into the truck should take about a third of your total time. Be sure to fill any gaps between items with rolled rugs, as these will provide additional cushioning and help save space.

When all the boxes are packed and ready to be loaded, you should do a final walk-through. Ensure that all straps and bungee cords are secure to prevent them from shifting during transit. This step will also help you identify any items that may need special attention or are likely to be damaged during the move.


A moving truck may seem intimidating for those who have never driven one before, but it’s actually not that different than driving a regular vehicle. It just takes a bit of practice, especially when it comes to backing up and turning.

The key is to stay very aware of your surroundings, and remember that the brakes on a moving truck take longer to apply than those on your average car. You will also need to drive slower and leave much more distance between your truck and the vehicle in front of you. In addition, your turning radius is wider than a normal vehicle, so be careful when approaching intersections or navigating turns. Also, be sure to use your turn signal when changing lanes and only do so when there is plenty of room available.

Another important point to keep in mind is that you will have a much bigger blind spot than the driver of a standard vehicle, so be careful when passing other vehicles and always use your mirrors when backing up. Finally, be sure to fill up on gas before returning the rental truck and check the weather during your trip, as driving in bad weather can make for a difficult and dangerous road trip.

By following these simple tips, anyone can enjoy a stress-free and safe move in a rental truck. If you’re ready to rent a moving truck for your next DIY relocation project, check out our selection of trucks at Albuquerque Self Storage today! We can’t wait to help get your belongings safely to their new home. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help! Safe travels, friends. – Lew Grill, Truck Driving Instructor