When it comes to moving, planning is critical. Making a moving supplies list is part of the process.

Don’t wait until the last minute and overwhelm yourself trying to hunt down moving supplies. The last thing you want is to discover the supplies you need are out of stock. 

Staying prepared and organized will be helpful to you before, during, and after your move. If you wait too long to pack your belongings, odds are you will do it incorrectly, creating unwanted stress. 

Learning which supplies you will need, purchasing them early, and knowing which belongings you should pack first can lessen your stress. 

With knowledge comes power, and after reviewing the following ultimate moving supplies list and tips, you will have the power to make your move a breeze. 

Room by room, what supplies are needed for items in each?

In most of the rooms in your house, you will need the same moving supplies, such as different size boxes, packing tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, furniture pads, plastic wrap, mattress covers, and markers. 

Here is a list of the moving supplies each room in your home may require:  

Living Room 

  • Large boxes
    • Throw pillows
    • Lampshades
  • Electronics boxes
    • Media players
    • Gaming systems
    • Stereo systems
  • Furniture pads
    • Furniture 
  • Moving blankets 
    • Furniture 
  • Bubble wrap
    • Vases
    • Statues
    • Figurines 
    • Pictures
    • Mirrors
    • TV


  • Small boxes 
    • Heavy kitchenware
    • Cookbooks 
  • Medium boxes
    • Use with dish and glass pack kits
    • Small appliances
  • Dish pack kit 
    • Dinner plates
    • Salad plates 
    • Saucers 
    • bowls
  • Glass pack kit 
    • Glassware
    • Crystal 
    • Stemware
  • Bubble wrap
    • Dishes and glasses

Bedrooms (closets and dresser drawers)

  • Medium boxes
    • Toys
  • Large boxes
    • Clothing 
    • Pillows
    • Blankets
  • Extra-large boxes
    • Comforters
  • Mattress cover
  • Wardrobe boxes
    • Suits 
    • Wedding dresses
  • Moving blanket
    • Dressers
  • Plastic stretch wrap 
    • Keeps drawers closed
  • Ziploc bags
    • Small toys and their accessories


  • Small boxes
    • Cosmetics
    • Toiletries 
  • Plastic wrap 
    • Opened bottles (liquids)
  • Large boxes
    • Towels
    • Shower curtains

The office of Den  

  • Small boxes (fragile and collectibles)
  • Padded wrapping paper or a moving blanket
    • Desks 
  • Bubble wrap
    • Artwork
    • Trophies
    • Statues and figurines
    • Clocks


  • Small or medium boxes
    • Tools 
  • Extra-large boxes or trash bags
    • Lawn furniture cushions
    • Pool toys
    • Outdoor kid toys 
  • Rope
    • Bundle tools with handles together
  • Plastic wrap 
    • Patio umbrella 


  • Small to Extra-Large sized boxes

Order to pack rooms

You will always want to start with the least used rooms and spaces in the house. These are usually basements, attics, closets, spare rooms, and garages. 

After you have packed up the least used areas, you can begin working on the rest of your home. You may not be able to pack everything in your living room, office, or kitchen right away, but you can pack what is not being used. 

You can pack up appliances and unused kitchen utensils and accessories. Often, the kitchen holds items that are used only several times a year or month. Leave out only what you will use over the following month.

The living room may be the next room you want to pack up. While you will want to keep your furniture out and your television hooked up, you won’t need all of your decor and gaming systems. 

Next, the office or den is an excellent place to go. You likely have books and paperwork that you won’t need until after you have moved. Organize those boxes to make packing up your office easier as your move-in date approaches. 

While you want to leave out enough clothing and toys to last you a few weeks, most of your and your family’s bedrooms can be packed in advance. Just be sure you don’t pack any of your child’s favorite toys or stuffed animals. 

The bathroom will likely be one of the last rooms in your house that you want to pack. Everything in your bathroom will continue to be used daily until the day of your move. 

How to label properly

Labeling your boxes is a fairly simple task. You will want to use large and waterproof markers to ensure that your labels can be seen. It is also helpful if you write on all sides of the box; that way, you and your skilled movers can see what is in each box from all different angles. 

Another popular method that professional movers use is a color-coding system. If you choose a specific color marker for each room in your house, it will be visibly easy to see which box goes where. 

Labeling your boxes can save you time and sanity. No one wants to waste their time trying to figure out where each box goes or wonder what is inside of it. 

Deciding on where to downsize

While you are organizing and packing your belongings, it can be helpful to downsize as you go. By doing this, you are preventing your new home from being cluttered with unused or unwanted items. 

If you have changed your lifestyle or no longer enjoy an old hobby, you may want to sell or donate these items. There is no sense in holding on to old sporting equipment if you are unable to use it. 

Or perhaps, you have decided that your family is complete and will not be growing in size. If this is the case, you could sell old baby toys and clothes.

Supplies and transportation for you 

Road Scholar Moving and Storage Company offers many moving supplies and moving services. If you are looking for quality products and reliable and professional movers, we have your back. 

We understand that moving is an exciting and stressful time, which is why we try to ease our customer’s minds by offering top-notch services provided by skilled movers. 

To learn more about the moving supplies and storage services we offer, contact us today!