While preparing to move to a new location, you need to make sure you properly pack all of your items for the journey to the new place. Depending on the nature of the items you’ll be transporting will determine the size and strength of the boxes you should get. Packing material is also a must, whether it is in the form of newspaper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts. You need packing tape, of course to seal up the boxes. A marker is also good to have, so you can label all of your boxes.
One should aim to keep boxes under fifty pounds, so heavy items like books should go into small and strong boxes. Items in boxes should be packed tightly, so that they don’t move around too much. Any breakable items should be wrapped in paper and padded. Plates should be stacked vertically and glass ware should also be stored upright.
Electronics should be stored in their original boxes and packaging, if you still have them. Otherwise just make sure you use a lot of padding around them and that they are secure in the box. And be sure to label cords, so you know what everything goes to.
It is suggested that you take any valuables, heirlooms, photos, important files, and anything of that nature with you. But if you insist on the movers transporting them, you should make a detailed itemized list of what is in each of those boxes. Your moving company may even have special forms for you to fill out for those items, so you should let your moving company know in advance.
Do not pack flammable and hazardous chemicals, such as paints, lacquer thinners, and other items of that type. It is dangerous and can be illegal for movers to transport these items knowingly or unknowingly.