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Issue 16, November 29, 2019.

The Best Packing Materials (and How to Use Them)

If you plan to do the packing by yourself, you need to be properly prepared. Firstly, you need to have enough time so you don’t do it in a hurry. Next, you need to sort out your items so the packing goes quickly and easily. And most importantly – you need the best packing materials and supplies. The proper packing equipment will make sure the process goes smoothly and your items are safe during the transport. That’s why we’ve made a proper list of the best packing materials for your move – and ways to use them.

The quantity of packing supplies

You will finish the packing in one take if you make sure you have enough packing supplies. The quantity of packing supplies solely depends on the size of your move, and the size of your items, as well. So, before you start collecting the best packing materials from our list, create an inventory list for your home/office and decide how much material you actually need.

Figure 1 Having enough boxes, packing materials and other supplies, the packing process will be much easier. 

Extra tip: Before you decide what packing materials you’re about to use, check the container you’re going to store the wrapped items in. Packing materials kind of depend on where you’re going to store the items – plastic boxes, cardboard, wood, etc. And when talking about storing the items, be sure to think about the storage unit if you need it during and after the move. Be sure you’re storing your items in a safe unit so you are sure that everything is where you left it.

The best packing materials you need for your move

Here’s the list of the best packing materials you’ll need for your relocation. We hope this list will make your packing a lot easier and less stressful. However, before you start, ask yourself, do you have enough time and patience do pack everything on your own. Think about hiring a moving company, especially if you are trying to relocate all your estate goods at once. They will help you finish the relocation before you know it – without thinking about the safety of your items.

Bubble packing

Air bubble packing is one of the most common and best packing materials there is. It’s best to use it for fragile items like vases, mirrors, paintings, etc. However, the way you use it should be very careful. Even though it protects the fragile items, it doesn’t pad the items too tightly. If you use it on its own, the wrapped items can move easily and even slip out. Another positive side of using this packing material is that it fills the empty space in a box, without making it too heavy. However, air bubble packing is quite expensive, so you can’t actually buy a lot of it.

Figure 2 Even though it's one of the best packing materials, bubble packing is quite expensive. 

Packing paper

The reason why packing paper is one of the best packing materials is that you simply can’t do any packing without it. You can use it to cover and wrap any item in your home, without making it too heavy. When it comes to fragile items, packing paper is great to wrap them since it provides protection from scratches. However, you can’t use it alone. It’s simply not enough since you need to protect the wrapped items from tumbling in boxes. You need some additional padding like bubble packing or Styrofoam. Compared to other packing materials, packing paper is quite affordable, so you can stock up. And if you buy too much, find out about the ways to handle leftover packing materials. So, when you wrap the fragile items, be sure to use a couple of layers of packing paper, especially if you are stacking them on top of each other, like plates.

Packing paper is great for wrapping the items, as well as filling the empty space in boxes. 

Extra tip: To save some money when moving, you can use old newspapers to add more layers of protection. However, since it is printed paper, don’t put it directly on white or sensitive items since those can get stained.

Packing peanuts and Styrofoam

There are a couple of negative sides of using these packing materials. First of all, packing peanuts can be pretty annoying when it comes to unpacking – they fly everywhere. Also, Styrofoam is very fragile, and you can’t use it several times. However, they are very important when packing fragile items and electronics. First of all, they fill the empty space in the box so they prevent tumbling and breaking the items inside. Also, they protect the items from humidity, since packing peanuts absorb it, which is very important if your items will stay in boxes for a while.  So, don’t try to save on packing peanuts if you are a gamer and have a lot of monitors and other electronics – these will save your items from damage.

Clothes

Yes, your clothes are one of the best packing materials that you already have in your home. And they can save you some space since you’ll be using them to protect the other items rather than packing the clothes separately. And the best thing about using clothes to pack is that it’s free! Clothes also provide great protection for your fragiles so they’re for sure one of the best packing materials on the list.

How to use clothes to pack for the move?

Even though it seems easy to use clothes as packing materials, here are some things to remember. Firstly, be careful what clothes you use – they can get damaged during the transport, so be sure to avoid using some delicate, expensive items. Also, remember to use thin items only to fill the empty space in boxes. To protect and pad the fragile items – use thicker clothes like sweaters, hoodies, etc.

Packing supplies are the job half done

Remember that having the right tools makes the job much easier and faster. Be sure to have all the packing supplies necessary for the move so you can finish everything in no time. Also, start packing on time, since doing it in a hurry makes the packing more risky – both for you and your items!

 

 

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