Packing and moving your own boxes may seem like a straightforward process, but in fact, doing your research ahead of time can save you time and protect your health. How so? Learning the correct way to pack up your home and carry your belongings can prevent injuries including back sprains, twisted ankles, broken toes, or worse.

At J.D. Carton & Son, we’re New Jersey long-distance movers that have ample experience in the moving industry. Since 1953, we’ve helped customers with local and long-distance moves. Throughout the years, we’ve learned some of the safest strategies to use when lifting those heavy items, and we’d like to share those with you.

Planning your move well ahead of time can prevent you from feeling rushed on moving day. As you might imagine, trying to rush through the moving process increases the likelihood of falling or dropping a box. Instead, coordinate your move in advance so that you can get a good night’s sleep before the big day approaches.

Eat Healthy

The morning of your move, eat a nourishing breakfast that will sustain your energy levels. Consider whole grains instead of sugary foods (like certain cereals or fruits) as whole grains will help you feel fuller for longer. Don’t forget to break for lunch and dinner during the hustle and bustle of the day. Setting reminders on your phone can help. Also, consider packing energizing snacks the day before to save you time and hassle. Foods like almonds and jerky can give you a protein boost and don’t need to be refrigerated.

Stay Hydrated

Keep a bottle of water handy throughout the day and refill it often. It’s easy to get dehydrated on a hot day, especially while you’re heading to and from the moving truck throughout the afternoon.

Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing

You’ll also need to consider the clothing you’re going to wear. While loose-fitting clothes are comfortable and can be convenient for stretching and lifting, be sure that they aren’t so loose that they become a hindrance. Extra baggy sleeves can get in the way when you’re trying to get a firm grip on a box, while pants that are too loose could present a trip hazard.

Stretch First

It’s never a bad idea to get plenty of stretching in before you start to move those boxes. Try a few lunges and gentle twists to warm up your muscles and prevent pulls and strains. Don’t be tempted to overload boxes to try to save time. Keep each box light enough to safely handle. Straining your back trying to lift a box is going to result in a lot more lost time than making a second trip.

Stay safe when you’re relocating by following these tips. J.D. Carton & Son’s residential movers in New Jersey are happy to provide even more advice for you and help “lift the load” with our comprehensive moving services. Give us a call or submit our online form to get a free estimate!