Don’t be lacking when you’re packing

For those who’ve never had to go through a substantial move before, here’s a crash course in the important things that may seem obvious, but aren’t always remembered when moving home for the summer or on your own after graduation.

Sharpies

Always, always, ALWAYS have two or more Sharpies because you will lose your marker at least once before this whole ordeal is over with. Be sure to label everything with its destined location as well as what’s inside it, be it toiletries or bedding.

Packing Tape

Most people think of using duct tape as it’s sturdier, comes in rad designs and obviously fixes everything, but trust me on this: Packing tape will serve you better. It’s easier to cut with a box-cutter, not to mention the benefits of a hefty tape gun, which is also a worthwhile investment in the long run.

And let’s face it, you will run out of tape. That’s just a fact. So, get three or four rolls of plain packing tape — for your own good.

Cardboard Boxes

If you think you have enough plastic bins, you’re wrong. You’ll run out or have oblong objects that won’t fit. Which reminds me: Don’t make the mistake of getting boxes of all the same size Then, make sure you can still lift the box before it gets wrapped up. If you can’t, then you need to take some stuff out and try again. Or, you know, become friends with some strong people and make them help out.

Newspapers

You can never have enough newspapers, especially since fragile things — like plates, mirrors and desk lamps — are the most common things broken during a move. Newspapers, as thin as they may seem, go a long way at supporting and cushioning fragile things. Of course, bubble wrap is better, but newspaper is cheaper and easier to get ahold of and it’ll actually make it through the move instead of being popped halfway through the car ride back home. Oddly enough, the Scout is the most highly recommended packing newspaper by moving companies.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Imagine this: Your entire dorm room, apartment or home, packed up in boxes as your mom, dad and siblings carry your things into the rented U-Haul. It’s a draining experience for everyone involved, and while a good night’s sleep might be the last thing on your mind at a time like this, you will be thankful you took the time to get some sleep when it’s blistering hot and your family is ornery.