While you may be all set on what shoes you’re going to wear on moving day, you will need to figure out what to do with the rest of your shoe collection in the days prior. Like everything else you own, special consideration needs to be taken when sorting and packing your shoes; there’s a right way of doing it, and then there’s the best way. For knowing where to put them and how to keep them clean as you travel, we’ve come up with a few pointers to help you pack your shoes like a professional traveler.
Arranging Your Shoes
The first thing to remember when packing your shoes is to place each pair near the top of your bag. Whether it’s in a moving box or a suitcase, it’s smart to keep your shoes high up in the pile so that they can’t be squashed by heavier objects. In between each pair of shoes, it’s also suggested that you create dividers with either a piece of cardboard or washcloths to keep them sturdy. This will keep them from brushing against each other and ruining their material.
Another tip for arranging your shoes is to place them next to each other heel to toe. While it might not seem like much at first, this actually helps save space as opposed to packing them with the toes and heels next to each other.
Keep Them Clean!
There’s a lot you can do to improve the lasting power of your shoes. A great and easy way to do it is to just keep them clean! Before you pack any of your shoes, it’s smart to spray them with a disinfectant before packing them. For more valuable shoes you want to keep in shape, fill them to the toe with crumbled pieces of paper, or use wooden shoe trees to keep them from bending. When you unpack your dress shoes, it’s also suggested that you shine them before putting them away, so they can look their best the next time you use them.
This next tip is extremely important, especially if you don’t have time to clean your shoes beforehand: pack all of your more frequently-used shoes in sealable bags. Doing this will prevent the rest of your belongings from taking on any odors from the shoes you use for working out or doing yard work. It’s also a good idea to refrain from wearing the shoes you pack the day before so that they can stay dry.
Wear the Right Pair
Sometimes, we wish we were wearing a different pair of shoes when the weather changes suddenly. Be sure to check the local weather listings for both your old AND new hometown the day before moving day. If there’s rain or snow scheduled, wear water-resistant, non slip shoes or boots. If the weather is sunny or clear, wear some more casual shoes, like a pair of tennis shoes. It’s important to wear something that you can feel comfortable walking around in for a couple of hours while moving in everything! Trust us, you don’t want to wear sandals or flip-flops when walking up and down stairs…stylish as they may be.