Pack up your footwear for moving day

Footwear comes in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes. You might only wear running sneakers when you go to the gym and boots when it’s snowing, but in your eyes, every shoe serves a specific purpose, and you don’t want any to be lost or left behind when you move.

Packing and transporting shoes from one address to another can be simple. Take a look at the following tips to learn how to safely pack and transport your shoes to your new residence.

1. Take inventory
Consider what footwear you’ll need at your new home before moving day. For example, a person who is moving from Minnesota to Hawaii will likely not need the Timberlands that served him or her well for many winters. You might be able to donate, sell or recycle shoes you won’t need, depending on their condition. Of course, footwear that you’ve been wearing for years despite its rips and tears can be thrown out.

2. Use easy-to-carry boxes
You’ll only need one pair of shoes on the big day, and ideally, you’ll want to wear comfortable sneakers since you’ll be moving around a lot. As for the rest of your footwear, it can go in easy-to-carry boxes. Many shoes are lightweight and can be packed in their original boxes or medium-sized packages. Keep each pair together – remember, no shoe left behind – and use packing paper and tape to effectively seal these boxes.

3. Label the boxes
Place clear, easy-to-read labels on each box that contains footwear. This will help you save time when you’re unpacking because you’ll be able to quickly identify certain shoes and store them accordingly. Taping the labels onto the sides of the boxes also makes it easier for you to see them.

Larger boxes and totes are helpful for transporting footwear between addresses. When you’re ready to go, place the boxes that contain your shoes safely in the moving truck. Secure the boxes so they don’t move around during the trip.

Shoes can be among the last items you pack into your vehicle on moving day. Safely store them in the moving vehicle, and when you arrive at your new residence, you’ll find that they will be in the same condition as when you left.