Don't overlook these handy moving supplies

If needed, ask your mover to provide packing materials to keep items safe and secure. | Photo by Meredith Rizzo

If needed, ask your mover to provide packing materials to keep items safe and secure. | Photo by Meredith Rizzo

You often don't realize the extent of your belongings until you actually move, or when you first start packing. In addition to the usual supplies, like boxes, markers and bubble wrap, use the following list of overlooked moving supplies to make the tedious task of packing easier, safer and more efficient:

• Measuring tape and tools. If you're moving large furniture, like sofas or mattresses, measuring tape will come in handy. Measure the dimensions of doorways and furniture to get an idea of what will or won't fit. You may have to angle the furniture different ways or disassemble the legs on a table, if possible, to get it through the doorway. You will also need the measuring tape once you get to your new place. Tools like an electric drill or screwdrivers will help you take furniture apart if needed.

• Furniture sliders, straps or furniture dolly. For large furniture, investing in furniture sliders, furniture and box straps or a furniture dolly can save damage to the floor, time and your back. You can place furniture sliders under the legs of a table, couch or bookshelf to help you move the furniture more easily, without damaging any flooring, especially hardwood or tile. You can position furniture straps, which sometimes come with handles, around boxes or heavy furniture to help with lifting. A furniture dolly can also help you transport heavy items.

• Back brace or work belt. If you already have back problems or want to prevent injury to your back while moving, you can purchase or borrow a back brace or work belt. You wear either around your lower back and abdomen to provide extra support for your back, which is especially important during heaving lifting and pushing.

• Ropes, bungee cords, tarp or netting. If you're doing all or some of the moving, you'll probably be transporting some items in your trunk or on top of your vehicle. You'll need something to secure the items to your car, like ropes or bungee cords. If you have several loose items or items you want to protect from rain or other elements, restrain the items using tarp or netting.

• Luggage and cooler. Remember to prepare for the part of the move when you actually arrive at your new place. Pack a few day's worth of clothing, medications, toilet paper, toiletries, towels and a first aid kit. Bring some food or snacks and a cooler with beverages.

• Cleaning supplies. Get some cleaning supplies to help you take off tape and paint or crayon marks off the wall, especially if you're moving out of a rented place. Have paper towels and the vacuum cleaner ready to go.

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