Moving in the Rain or Snow? 6 Tips for Waterproof Packing

From safely navigating slick roads to calculating an arrival time based on weather conditions, moving in the rain or snow comes with challenges. If the weather forecast for moving day predicts precipitation, it’s important to waterproof your belongings. When moving in rain or snow, it helps to have the mindset that your boxes and belongings will get wet. That’s why we created a list of six tips to help you with your waterproof packing!

Moving in the Rain or Snow? 6 Tips for Waterproof Packing

Don’t let the rain or snow bring you down on moving day! Follow our tips for waterproof packing to get peace of mind during your move.


When moving in dry weather, you may decide to leave your larger furnishings uncovered. In wet conditions, however, all your furnishings need protection. It’s obvious that you’ll want a plastic cover for your mattress and favorite upholstered chair, but wood and other hard materials are also vulnerable to water damage.

Moisture can warp these materials permanently, causing bowing or expansion. Disassemble your furnishings, and cover each piece individually. If you can’t find a tailor-made cover for each item, create your own using a tarp or plastic drop cloth.


Because items need to be carried to the truck and loaded up by people, there’s a high possibility of water or snow being tracked onto the truck bed during the process. As you go through your boxes and label them “heavy” or “fragile,” also include a label for items that absolutely cannot get wet. “Keep dry” or “don’t get wet” both serve this purpose.

You’ll want these items packed on top of other items but away from the exterior walls if possible to avoid any water on the floor and any condensation on the sides of the truck.


For your belongings that are not packed in waterproof containers, line the containers to minimize any water intrusion. Use a drop cloth or heavy-duty garbage bag as your lining. Put the plastic into the box so it covers the bottom. Fill the box with items, and fold the sides of the plastic over the contents. Finish the lining process by folding the edges of the plastic together and taping them down with packing tape.

If lining doesn’t work for one of your boxes, place smaller items in sealed plastic baggies, package medium-sized belongings with garbage bags and wrap large items with plastic drop cloths.


As mentioned in section three, moisture can appear in many places during a rainy or snowy move. As you pack, think about situations where water could pose a risk to your belongings other than when the boxes are going to or from the truck.

Collect tarps, drop cloths or moving blankets so you can cover the bed of the truck, the floors of your home or the tops of certain items to provide more water protection.


As you pack, assess the structural integrity and waterproof nature of each container. You can reinforce boxes that might bend or break by layering packing tape around the corners.

You can make all your containers, including plastic tubs, more waterproof by covering any openings with plastic and taping it securely. For this purpose, you can use lightweight plastics like garbage or grocery bags rather than the more heavy-duty plastics recommended for other tasks.


If you’re expecting torrential rains or nonstop snowfall on moving day, consider hiring a local packing service instead of trying to prepare all your possessions yourself. A reputable company with experience in the area will have the packing materials necessary to keep your items safe and dry on hand so you don’t have to do as much pre-move shopping. A professional packing service can also help you avoid pitfalls you may not have anticipated.

Hire Wheaton World Wide for your waterproof packing and moving needs

Rain, snow or sunshine—hiring a professional moving company like Wheaton World Wide can make a world of difference when it comes to your move. We ensure that your transition is smooth from start to finish! From packing to relocation to delivery, you can rest assured that we have the skills to make your move hassle-free. Get in touch with Wheaton World Wide today!