If this is going to be a local move, honestly my favorite thing to do is use garbage bag for things like clothes, towels, bedding, etc.. It's easier to carry and easy to throw into the car/truck too. I also adore the rubbermaid storage bins, they are usually a size that is not too overwhelming to carry on your own, OR easily stackable on a dolly (which I REALLY suggest your rent, b/c you can move boxes so much easier with it). I also like to wrap breakable things in things like towels, etc., b/c they are clean (newspaper always seems to make things all dirty again, and I am too lazy to re-wash), and it's like killing two birds with one stone. Oh, and about de-cluttering before moving... do it! DH and I have moved soo many times, and unfortunately, we have several boxes which we keep lugging around w/o ever really emptying. Most of it is old college term papers/notes, etc.. We've both been out of school for over 6 yrs now... I think I am going to have DH just pitch those boxes. Don't keep around old textbooks either unless you use it on a regular basis, it's just extra junk to lug around.
BTW, if you need boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, I suggest you post on your local freecycle group. I am sure there are ppl who recently moved that will be more than happy give that stuff away just to get it out of the house. It will save you a lot of $.