Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast is a serious task that will cost you a lot of money. And as you already know, the more stuff you are moving the more it will cost you. And such long distance relocation is expensive as you need to hire movers. You at least have to bring your clothing. So the question here is, what to pack for moving from the East Coast to the West Coast?

What to pack in the moving truck when moving from the East Coast to the West Coast?

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Your moving truck doesn’t have unlimited space so choose wisely.


If you want your residential relocation to California made easy, you need movers to help you achieve just that. So what are the things that should go into the moving truck? Our recommendation is that you don’t over pack. Bring only what you need for the first few months in the new home. Basic furniture pieces such as couches, armchairs, chairs, tables. All of these you use on a daily and you will definitely need them. You will also need some bookshelves. Beds are very big and heavy and moving them won’t be easy but you need them. And buying a new bed as soon as you move in is a big expense.

Kitchen supplies

Kitchen supplies are something that you use on a daily too. But not all of it. You use the plates and the cutlery as well as some pans. And that is all you should pack when moving from the East Coast to the West Coast. You don’t need to bring all your kitchen supplies with you. These things are affordable and can easily be replaced. Decluttering is very important when moving long distance.


If you are moving out of New York to California, you won’t need your winter jackets. Pick out the things from your closet that you wear often. Bring some that you think you will wear eventually. The rest should go into donations if it is in good condition. Our tip for moving your clothing is to buy vacuum bags. They will keep them dry, plus it makes it much easier to move them as it saves a lot of space.

Decoration and art pieces

If you have any valuable art pieces that you are going to be moving from the East Coast to the West Coast, you need to pack them nicely so they don’t break during the moving process. Same goes for decoration pieces such as lamps and other knick-knacks that you want to bring from your old home.


Make sure you sit down with your child and separate what you will and what you won’t bring with you. Moving can be very stressful for children. Especially long distance moving. So try to make this fun. You don’t want your child to be sad once you arrive at your new home because you didn’t pack his favorite toys. The toys that you are not bringing with you can be donated. This is a nice way to spend some quality time with your family.