HOW TO PACK YOUR VAN

OUR GUIDE TO PACKING & LOADING

Loading your moving van can seem like a daunting task, but by making use of every nook and cranny available, you can avoid making multiple trips and help prevent delicate items from shifting during transit. Follow our helpful tips for optimising space, and be surprised at just how stress-free moving can be.

Large appliances and whiteg oods

The first items to go on board will be your large appliances and white goods. These large items will form a foundation for you to pack your belongings around, and are shaped perfectly and sturdy enough for boxes to go on top.

Be sure to completely defrost your refrigerator and drain your washing machine to avoid any unwanted water damage.

Once your appliances are loaded onto your truck, carefully wrap them in moving pads and strap them in nice and tight to avoid any movement whatsoever.

whitegoods-918_288.jpg

Packing boxes

Packing boxes are not only great for keeping your belongings secure, they’re also perfect for getting the most space out of your van rental. After you've loaded your heavy appliances onto the van, we recommend stacking your packing boxes evenly from the floor to the ceiling, starting with the heaviest boxes first and using your appliances as a base where necessary.

Use your Tetris skills to ensure that you have a complete row before starting a new one. This will not only save you space, but will also leave no room for items to shift throughout transit. If you find that there are gaps that can’t be filled with packing boxes, use this space to pack your smaller belongings.

918_288-boxes.jpg (x-default)

 

Large and heavy furniture

Once you have your packing boxes stacked evenly, it’s time to start loading your heavy furniture on board. To avoid wasting space, it’s important to carefully prepare these items for transport with the use of moving pads and packing straps.

First, place a moving pad across the area where you will be laying your furniture. As you load each item on board, cover it with another moving pad and use packing straps to secure its place.

check

 Large tables – as a general rule, if an item can be disassembled, it’s best to do so before packing it onto the truck. This will not only save you space, but will also help to prevent any damage during transit. Simply set the table top on its side, flat against the side of the truck, with any chairs stacked securely nearby.

check

 Bedframes – continuing with the same method, disassemble the frame and load the headboard upright against the wall.

check

 Mattresses – load mattresses on board and store vertically against the remaining wall space inside the truck, stacking them side by side. The space between each mattress is ideal for delicate paintings, mirrors and flat screen televisions.

check

 Sofas – similar to mattresses, pack your sofas vertically against the wall to avoid taking up floor space. Use cushions to fill any gaps left by other items to avoid unwanted movement during transport.

check

 Bookcases – remove all books, secure all doors with packing tape and carefully load onto the truck to be stored upright.

moving-tips-918_288.jpg (x-default)

 

Smaller furniture

Now that the walls are occupied by the larger pieces of furniture, you’ve got the entire centre of the truck to work with. As these items are delicate and can break more easily than larger items, it’s especially important to ensure they are carefully wrapped and secured to avoid any movement during transit.

check

 Cabinets and wardrobes – begin by removing all drawers and securing them together in stacks. Once drawers are removed, load the base onto the truck, either on its side or vertically, using the least horizontal space possible.

check

 Small tables – if your small tables can be disassembled, then do so and pack them similarly to your larger tables. If they can’t, load them into the truck and use the space beneath the table top to store smaller boxes.

moving-smaller-furniture-918_288.jpg (x-default)

YOU’RE READY TO GO!
Once you’ve loaded all your belongings on board, double check that everything is secured with straps and that all delicate items are covered with moving pads. Once you finish unpacking at your new home, simply return your One-way van hire to your closest Europcar station.
Our Vans & Trucks

Find the vehicle that best fits your needs

Our Services

Searching for an hourly or long term van rental ?  

Our Special Offers

Get the best rates for your truck or van rental

For reservations and quotes please call our team on 0871 384 9900*

Same smart app. More mobility.

Download the Europcar mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android now!

More information

About Europcar - car hire

Welcome to Europcar, a global leader in car and van hire. At Europcar you can rent a car or van from over 200 locations in the UK, or from any one of our 3835 worldwide locations. With over 60 years of experience in the industry, you can be sure that whether you are looking for an economy or luxury car for a visit to London or Edinburgh, or need a van for a commercial job, Europcar will not be beaten on service. There are more reasons than ever to rent with Europcar, like our Delivery and Collect service to have your car or van delivered to you, or use our online check-in to complete any paperwork and pay whenever is convenient for you. Need a vehicle for more than 28 days? Long Term Hire is a flexible alternative to leasing, with a low deposit of £70 to get started and a generous mileage allowance at a fixed monthly cost. Book your car hire online now!
88x77-footer-Nectar-logo.png

Collect Nectar points with Europcar

TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice 2016