If you are relocating for the first time or you’ve never done this by yourself, you’re probably unfamiliar with the world of different packing materials for moving. Yes, there’s more than just cardboard boxes, and you’ll most likely need a lot of these things to store your belongings safely. That’s why we prepared this brief guide as an introduction and a checklist of all the things you should use for packaging your household items and getting them safely to your new home.
The Ultimate Checklist of the Packing Materials for Moving
Before diving deeper into the often tedious world of packing, we decided to offer you something that can be convenient for your relocation. It is like one of those definitive moving out lists, but with packaging materials. Since there are so many of them, it is not rare that we forget to purchase some, so if you want to avoid making that rookie moving mistake, here’s a convenient checklist to rely on.
- Boxes in various sizes
- Packing paper
- Bubble wrap
- Stretch plastic wrap
- Packaging tape
- Furniture Pads
- Mattress covers
- Trash bags
- Ziploc bags
- Permanent markers
Boxes as the First Item on Every Supplies List
What is the first image that comes to mind when thinking about relocating? A pile of boxes. There is hardly anything that can replace a box when it comes to storing household goods. They are light, foldable, and they come in all shapes and sizes to fit anything from smallest to bulkiest items. You should definitely get different sizes because although a big box can store many things, the bigger it is, the heavier it is to handle it. Put more massive stuff at the bottom, lighter on the top, and tuck in everything with newspapers or clothes.
How Many Packing Boxes and Moving Supplies Do I Need?
This is hard to tell, and you can’t really know until you start packaging. There are even some online calculators that can give you a rough estimate, but that’s only an estimate. And you don’t want to realize that you are missing a few of them on your big day when the truck arrives, right?
Take a look at these tips that will help you decide how many moving boxes you need. Keep in mind that you can now find specialty boxes needed when packing dishes, wine bottles, or clothes, and you can also consider getting plastic boxes. Make a few checklists to get an idea of the amount you have, and always order a bit more – what’s left can be used on some other occasions.
There are several types of frequently used wrapping materials. Some people prefer using just one, while others tend to combine and use different materials for different objects. And there is always the age-old dilemma, what’s better paper or bubble wrap, but we are not going to focus on that. Instead, we’d like to present to you the best wrapping materials that you can currently find.
Great material for wrapping up dishes, glassware, and other fragile objects. It is inexpensive and takes less space than bubble wrap. Although many people also use newspapers, keep in mind that sometimes the ink can transfer to the object, and that’s one of the common mistakes when packing.
It comes in rolls, it is easy to use, and even more fun in the end when you can pop all the bubbles to get relief from all that stress. Bubbles come in several sizes, from small to large, and you can use it for wrapping delicate objects, such as glasses, figurines, etc. Just do not forget that bubbles should be facing inside.
Stretch Plastic Wrap
This is something you can use for wrapping furniture pieces that have drawers or cabinets because it will keep them shut. Plus, it will protect the edges from scratching, or your couch from getting dirty and accumulating dust.
These blankets are also known as furniture pads, and people are usually hesitant about using them. They are not cheap, but at the same time, they are the best protection for furniture, especially if you plan to keep it in storage for a while.
Where to Find Free Supplies
In case you’re moving out for the first time, you’re probably wondering how much does packing cost? Professional moving services that also include packing services can raise the total cost of your relocation. But if you’re on a budget, you can always do it by yourself. To reduce the amount of stuff, you can always sell unwanted items, but the best way is to find some free materials. Here’s how to do it:
- Why use brand new when you can find free boxes at your local grocery store, or you can be creative and research how to get them through USPS, without actually using their service.
- Newspapers can be used for cushioning and filling up space so that things do not shift around the box.
- Ask your friends, family, and neighbors. Someone probably has a few things that might be helpful for your relocation.
- Go online. Did you know about websites such as Freecycle? Not only is it the best way to find free wrapping and packaging materials, but it is also spreading environmental awareness.
Ready, Set, Pack!
We know that this might not be the most fun part of your relocation, but you have to make sure you store your belongings safely if they are going on a long truck ride. Whether you’re leaving things in storage or shipping them to your new home, it is essential that everything is well-packed and protected so that it does not collect dust and specks of dirt. We hope we helped you get an idea of the kinds of materials needed to ensure an efficient and stress-free relocation.