Most of us have moved — some of us several times — throughout our lives, and the amount of supplies needed just to take your stuff from one place to another is often surprising. Selecting and purchasing packing supplies is just another part of the production of moving. Knowing what to get, and why you’ll need it can make a move so much easier than if you are scrambling at the tail end to find the necessities. Below are five packing supplies you will need while moving.
Specialty boxes. Specialty boxes are available for purchase from many different places, including packing and moving stores and shipping centres. Specialty boxes are designed with certain items in mind and come in a variety of sizes, strengths and reinforced materials for items that require extra security or are especially awkward to move. Whether the items are big, small, or in between, there is a box made just for storing and moving them.
Accessories. Having a system in place for packing a box, sealing it and labelling it means having the necessary accessories around to do so. Scissors, tape and markers should be handy at all times and preferably, you should have multiple pairs of each to make sure that you account for the inevitability that something is going to get lost amidst the chaos.
Newspaper. Using newspaper to protect items such as glassware and other delicates is a better idea than using packing peanuts because packing peanuts are made of Styrofoam, and, if you were unaware, Styrofoam is very high on the list of environmentally damaging, common household items. We all have old newspapers lying around, make use of them and minimize the ecological footprint of your move.
Box cutter. Your box cutter will be your best friend once you have arrived at the new place and need to begin setting up. Without a box cutter, getting in and out of boxes quickly and easily is nearly impossible. You can pick up sets of multiple box cutters at most stationery and hardware stores. Keep it on you at all times.
Vacuum bags. Vacuum bags are the absolute best way to economize on space when packing clothing, window treatments or any kind of fabric in general. Anyone who has ever used a vacuum bag knows just how much space air takes up in a box or suitcase. You simply place the items in the bag, and, using your vacuum, which it attached to a connector on the bag, vacuum out all of the excess air that would be taking up valuable room.
People who know how to pack complain a lot less about moving than those who do not. Knowing how to pack means knowing what accessories you will need to make packing as painless as possible. Before your upcoming move, keep the above packing supplies in mind and make packing the least stressful thing you do while taking your life from one place to another.