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Issue 5, July 12, 2019.

Best packing materials for long distance moves.

Are you thinking about relocating any time soon? If you are, you’ll have a swell time! There are plenty of reasons why you should be happy about moving to a new place. But with that in mind, remember to prepare everything you need for your relocation on time. If you make a misstep there, your move will be far harder than it has to be. And on the list of the packing chores that you need to take care of, packing may be the most important thing. Especially if you’re moving across a longer distance. That’s why we’ve decided to help you out with a couple of useful tips. Check out our article below to find out about the best packing materials for long distance moves!

The very basics - moving boxes

Okay, so, as you start thinking about the best packing materials for long distance moves, the question is - where do you begin? If you’d like to take our advice, you should prioritize your packing-related tasks according to their importance. Meaning that, in this case - you should think about the moving boxes that you’ll use.

 

Obviously, we don’t have to spend too much time talking about why moving boxes are the pinnacle of any relocation. While you’re in transit, they’ll be the containers for most of your household goods. That’s why they’re basically synonymous with moving as an activity. But obviously, they don’t represent a long term storage solution that is cheap and safe; you can only keep stuff in there for a while, during the shipping itself. Still, choosing quality ones is of major importance. So, how do you make your decision on that?

Make sure that your moving boxes are the right size for your stuff!

Choosing good moving boxes

First of all, you need to realize that not every moving box will serve for every kind of item. While they are definitely the best packing materials for long distance moves, they come in all shapes and sizes. And for good reason! Because there are certain items that are just too bulky or have awkward shapes. For these, you’ll need to get custom-made moving boxes that fit their specifications perfectly.

As for the rest - there are plenty of places where you can find good moving boxes. And you don’t even have to spend a fortune on them. After all, long distance relocations can be expensive; you don’t want to burden yourself too much financially with packing materials. With that in mind, have a look at the local liquor stores. They’ll probably be able to give you some boxes that they don’t need for free. But don’t just take any cardboard boxes that they’ll give you. In fact, you should examine them closely, to see if they’re sturdy enough. Plus, they’ll have to be the right size and shape for some of your household goods. And choose only the ones which are definitely durable and sturdy. There’s nothing worse than a moving box splitting open in transit, leaving all of your stuff to bounce around in the van and get broken.

Packing Protection

Realistically speaking, the sturdiest moving box on the planet won’t do you any good if you haven’t protected the items inside well enough. That’s why we’re going to talk about cushioning and packing protection, and the best packing materials for long distance moves that you’ll need for that. If you don’t want your things to suffer any kind of damage during a relocation, you should take a look at:

  • Old papers - Some people like to recycle packaging materials in order to protect the environment and save some money as well. So, if you want to cut down on packing costs, using old papers as cushioning for your stuff is a great idea! We’ve all got a bunch of magazines and newspapers that should be thrown out anyway, so why not make use of them?
  • Wrapping protection - For some more valuable items, you may not want to rely on crumpled up papers and magazines as packing protection. In that scenario, there’s always the option of using aeroplast! This kind of plastic is a good bet when it comes to packing protection for breakable items.
  • Foam peanuts - As we’ve mentioned above, buying boxes that are the right size for your items is important. Because, if you buy a box that’s too large, your items might rattle about inside. And in that case, you’ll have a lot of empty space to fill up. Don’t worry though, that’s where packing peanuts come in! These foamy wonders are there to prevent any crashing or clunking between the items you pack.

Old papers can serve as packing protection! 

Labeling is crucial

Before you start shredding old documents and crumpling up papers for packing protection, there’s something else you need to think about too. These are often left out of lists of best packing materials for long distance moves, but we definitely won’t make that mistake. Naturally, we’re talking about - labeling. As you pack your moving boxes, you’ll want them to be perfectly labeled. That way, your moving day will be far less chaotic than it can be, if movers don’t know what is where.

Labeling is the lynchpin of successful packing! 

How to do it properly

 

But what sort of labels should you use? If you ask us, the best idea would be color coding. It’s something that’s immediately visible, and even someone with bad eyesight can see without an effort. And in the process of labeling, make sure you pack everything room by room, and have a separate label for each. Lastly, you’ll need an additional label for particularly fragile items, so movers know what to look out for.