Packing Valuables for a Move

Packing and moving valuables like jewelry, antiques or other items which may have sentimental value and are irreplaceable, are best kept with you or a family member during your move. The moving process can be overwhelming, and you want to be sure not to lose track of things that you rarely use, including those with sentimental value. Regardless of who moves your valuables, these items need to be packed with care during transportation. This doesn’t need to be something that causes you stress, it just requires a little pre-planning.

Keep Your Valuables Close And Protected

Before the packing starts, take an inventory of your valuables so you that you know where they are and how they are packed and transported to your new home. There are some items we recommend you consider not including in your United shipment and, instead, that you keep with you or close to you during a move:

  • Address books
  • Car titles
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files / backups
  • Family photos and videos
  • Financial documents
  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • House and car keys
  • Laptop and tablet computers
  • Medical, dental and veterinarian records
  • Moving company forms and documents
  • New home documents
  • Personal documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files and research
  • School records

Packing Jewelry

If you have the original packaging for your jewelry, these may be the best option for moving your valuables.

Packing Financial and Legal Documents

Before you begin packing financial documents such as tax records, bank statements, stocks, bonds and deeds, consider downsizing your paperwork. Scan any documents you need a copy of but do not need the physical document, then shred the original. This will not only cut down on the number of personal boxes you need to transport in your personal vehicle on moving day, but also result in fewer things to keep track of.

Packing Medications & Prescriptions

Perhaps the most personal of all the items you will need to pack, your medications and prescriptions should be kept close to you during your move. If you pack a First Night Box, your medications should go in this box. If they are packed separately, be sure all lids are tightly closed and medications are individually wrapped and placed upright in the box. If you have medications that need controlled temperatures, make proper preparations.

For additional ideas about packing and preparing for a move with United, click here.

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