Moving can be stressful, but careful packing and organization can help ensure that your most valuable possessions make it to your new home without any damage. A little bit of foresight can prevent big problems and make unpacking a lot easier when you see that expensive items or sentimental belongings have arrived safe and sound. Use the following tips for packing valuables when you're moving:

Keep an Inventory

Most people don't have the time or inclination to catalog every belonging before a move, but it is worth taking photos and making notes about items that are valuable. In the event that any damage occurs, having current notes and photographs of the item will help when filing a claim with your homeowners insurance company or the moving company's insurance company.

Buy the Right Boxes

One type of box is not the right choice when moving. Expensive, valuable items, such as big screen TVs or other types of electronics should be packed in special padded boxes to prevent damage during the moving process. Special boxes typically cost more, but spending a little bit extra can help ensure that your belongings arrive at your new residence in good condition. In addition, make sure that smaller valuable items are packed in small boxes that are well insulated.

Pay Attention While Packing

As you pack valuables, don't forget to gently shake boxes to ensure that the items inside are not shaking or jostling. If your belongings do not appear to be secure, add extra packing paper or bubble wrap to help prevent breakable valuables from being damaged while they being transported on the moving truck.

Take Your Most Valuable Items with You

In some cases, it is in your best interest to transport your most valuable belongings yourself when moving. If you own extremely valuable jewelry or other small items of great value, plan to either move them in your vehicle or take them with you on a plane if you're moving a long distance. This way you will know exactly where your valuables are and won't have to worry about loss or damage.

Label Boxes

After packing up a box of valuables, make sure that you label the box with the words "Fragile" or "Handle with Care". Doing so will let the movers know which boxes have breakable items, and they will be able to carefully put them on the moving truck and unload them when they arrive at your new home. 

For more information, contact companies that provide packing supplies.