Boxes can come from anywhere – check your friends and neighbors before you purchase any.
Bubble wrap may be necessary, but towels and clothing usually work just as well.
As soon as possible, put non-necessary items in boxes, e.g., picture frames, sports equipment, books, memorabilia.
Label boxes both on the lid and on the box with a sharpie.
Use a packing tape gun; it’s quick and easy to share, but be careful because it also likes to bite over-zealous fingers.
Protect all breakables like plates and vases with cushioning. Stuff the inside of hollow items.
Do not leave anything loose; keep jewelry and silverware enclosed in Tupperware or Ziplocks.
It is more important to have all space in a box filled than it is to fill it with only one type of item.
Check the ground between the van and the door, and use a dolly for the boxes if conditions allow.
Load items into moving van with the least important and smaller things in the back.