Packing your garage and outdoor items is not the same as packing your home furnishings. For these things, you need to do things a little differently to ensure they are safe during transit.
Packaging equipment needed for packing your garage
The packing equipment you’ll need is as follows:
- Sturdy cardboard boxes
- A utility knife
- Masking tape
- Packing paper
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic or cloth bags
- Furniture pads or blankets
How to pack your outdoor and garage items
1. Clean out your garage and outdoor area
First, you should clean out your garage and outdoor areas. This will make it easier to pack and will also help to prevent damage to your belongings during transit. Once you have cleared out these areas, you can begin packing your belongings.
People often find items that can be discarded, as garages or outdoor sheds tend to become a dumping ground for old and unused items.
2. Sort your belongings
Once you have cleaned out your garage or outdoor area, sort your belongings into categories. For example, place all of the gardening tools together, all of the sports equipment together, etc. This will make it easier to keep track of what you’ve packed!
3. Pack larger items first
When packing your garage and outdoor items, you should start with the larger items first. These can be placed in the back of the moving truck so that they will not block your view while driving. Some of the larger items that you may want to pack include:
- Lawn mowers
- Garden tools
- Patio furniture
- Sporting equipment
4. Pack smaller items next
After you have packed the larger items, you can start packing the smaller items. These can be placed in front of the larger items in the moving truck. Some of the smaller items that you may want to pack include:
- Gardening supplies
- Paint cans
- Light bulbs
- Power tools
5. Use packing paper and bubble wrap to protect your belongings
To help protect your belongings during transit, you should use packing paper and bubble wrap. You can use the packing paper to wrap around delicate items and bubble wrap to cushion items that are breakable.
6. Use masking tape to secure your boxes
Once you’ve packed your boxes, you should use masking tape to secure them. This will help to prevent the boxes from opening during transit and will also help to keep your belongings safe.
How to pack your tools
- Drain any oil or gas from power tools and store it securely to avoid spillage during transport
- Remove all of the attachments from your power tools and then pack them separately in a box
- Keep your smaller hand tools in a different box, and fill the extra space with packing paper or bubble wrap to keep them safe and stop them from moving around and getting damaged
- Long-handled garden tools, like mops and brooms, can be bundled together securely
- Any tools that have sharp edges should be wrapped with a thick cloth, such as a towel, and then taped to secure any of the sharp edges.
How to pack your patio furniture
- Disassemble your patio furniture
- Cushions should be placed in plastic or cloth bags to keep them clean and dry
- Glass table tops should be wrapped in bubble wrap and then placed in sturdy boxes if possible
- Place all of the small pieces into a box for extra protection
- Wrap each piece of furniture individually in furniture pads or blankets
- Place the wrapped pieces of furniture into the moving truck
How to pack your sporting equipment
- All of your gear should be clean and dry before packing
- Golf clubs should be packed in a golf club bag or box
- Bicycles can be disassembled and placed in boxes or bike bags
- Skis and snowboards can be placed in boxes or ski bags
- Pad any sharp edges with bubble wrap or tape them off
- Place your equipment in the moving truck
How to pack your weights and exercise equipment
The key tip to remember when moving dumbbells or weights is to ensure that your moving boxes are strong enough to handle the weight. Also, make sure you don’t hurt yourself by trying to lift a box that is too heavy!
We don’t recommend using cardboard boxes for moving weights, as cardboard is not really suitable for this type of item. If you have no other option, you may want to use multiple boxes to better support the weight of the equipment.
- Use multiple boxes that are strong enough to handle the weight of your dumbbells or hand weights, and make sure they are taped securely
- You may want to use furniture pads or blankets to wrap your equipment to avoid it getting dirty
- Place your equipment in the moving truck
Ineligible items for removal
If you really need to have something carried from one place to another, we’re quite accommodating. But there are some items a removalist company cannot transport for legal reasons, personal safety or liability issues. If you are unsure whether some of your items are ineligible for removal check out our list of ineligible items for removal here.
Start planning your move
We hope that these tips on how to pack your garage and outdoor items for moving will help make your move a little bit easier. If you have any other questions about how to pack for your move, or would like to use a professional moving service, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help!