packing supplies and materials for a move

Packing Supplies And Materials For A Move

Basic packing supplies will make your long distance
move a straightforward one

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Packing Supplies And Materials For A Move

Often, when we begin to think about preparing and packing for a move, we underestimate the tools and preparation needed for the task. As simple as it can be, if you do not have the right packing supplies, it can become a timely endeavor.

Here we have listed packing supplies and materials needed when moving. Some are basics/essential, while others will be relevant depending on your move.

If you will be doing your own packing, make a list of everything you will need prior to purchasing packing supplies. Buy a little extra than what you have calculated, many places, such as U-Haul buy back boxes you do not use. So, instead of numerous trips back forth, purchase once and return, if needed. Online purchasing is available and very easy as well.

Packing Supply Checklist


  • Small packing boxes - to be used for heavy objects like books, utensils, etc. or fragile items that should be packed separately.
  • Medium-sized boxes - are good for clothes, toys, small appliances, electronics, and other similar items;
  • Large moving boxes - should be used for bedding, curtains, and other bulky lightweight pieces.
  • X-Large moving boxes – can be used for items that are bulky yet lightweight, such as: blankets, pillows, comforters and large bulky pieces of clothing.
  • Heavy Duty boxes – these boxes are reinforced with thicker walls. If you are moving electronics or appliances, these are ideal.

Specialty Boxes:

  • Wardrobe boxes – these boxes come in different heights, with a hanger bar included for easy transfer of items from closet to packing box.
  • Electronic boxes – are specially sized to pack and transport DVD players, amplifiers and gaming systems.
  • Dish pack kit – these come compartmentalized and include foam padding to enclose and isolate each dish. These kits can be used to transport dinner plates, side plates, saucers and bowls.
  • Glass pack kit - these come compartmentalized and include foam padding to enclose and isolate each glass. These kits can be used to transport glassware, crystal and stemware.
  • Mirror/picture boxes – these boxes are stronger than the standard cardboard box and shaped for art and large mirrors. Often included are special frame protectors to secure the corners. This prevents damage while in transit.
  • TV Boxes – these boxes are for flat screen TV’s and come in various sizes.

Wrapping And Cushioning:

  • Unprinted news wrap – is used commonly to wrap many of your day-to-day items and protect fragile items.
  • Bubble Wrap – for added protection to fragile items, use bubble wrap. It can also be used to fill any empty spaces in the box, ensuring your items arrive undamaged.
  • Packing peanuts – are a common cushioning material to fill empty spaces in packing boxes to prevent damage while in transit.
  • Plastic wrap – also known as shrink wrap, is used to keep larger pieces of furniture protected and any doors and drawers in place. It is also used to keep out dirt, dust and moisture. It can also be used to bundle oddly shaped items, as it is very thick and strong.

Tape And Labeling Materials

  • Tape – Nothing beats using high quality tape. Making sure your boxes are closed securely is of utmost importance to ensure their safe arrival.
  • Permanent markers – are a must when packing. You will need to mark your boxes by room and list their contents.


  • Box cutter/utility knife – these are extremely handy, especially when opening boxes to unpack. They can also be used if cutting cord or cardboard.
  • Packing tape dispenser – can help you tape boxes more efficiently. Scissors can also be used.
  • Rubber bands – can come in handy when tying things together, or rolling up any papers.
  • Toolbox – throughout your move, you will be presented with situations in which you may need to use certain tools. Having a portable toolbox with a selection of tools can be of great use.

If you had to make a few trips to get extra packing materials, don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all had to do it. You will however, be better prepared should you need to pack and move again.

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