Must Have Packing Supplies (Before You Move)

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Find out which items made it to our Must Have Packing Supplies List? Whether you are using a professional moving company or are moving by yourself, getting boxes is a top priority on most movers' moving to-do lists.


Must-Have Packing Supplies

We’ve put together a list of our highly recommended moving and packing supplies. This list should help you to get ready for the best moving day you’ve ever had!


Moving Preparations

Moving preparation doesn’t start with packing up your things; it starts way before that with planning! However, if you know exactly which packing supplies to pick up, you should have no trouble getting ready to relocate to a new address.


Ultimately, there are several must-have packing supplies you need to get before your move. These packing materials include:


Customized Box Options to Accommodate Various Objects

Transporting items of different sizes can be difficult. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to find moving boxes of varying sizes. If you need help figuring out the number of boxes you need to pack your home, take a look at Collegian's Moving Box Calculator.


Typically, you can buy moving boxes at any home improvement or hardware store. Depending on how much you own, you may need to pick up tiny, small, medium, and large moving boxes in assorted quantities. It may make sense to buy more medium-sized boxes than any other. This size box is considered the moving industry standard box because it can pack several everyday household items.


Save Money on Boxes (Ask Around for Free Boxes)

Cost-conscious individuals seeking savings on moving supplies may find value in choosing recycled boxesOne may be able to pick up various boxes from local convenience stores, liquor stores, bookstores, or supermarkets as well. Contact them to find out if they offer free boxes.


Where can I find FREE boxes?

Community-based websites may also be helpful in your search for free boxes. Some of these are Craigslist, Freecycle, and various Facebook community groups. More often than not, there is someone who wants to give away free boxes.


Websites with Free Boxes:


Be sure to reach out to these sites at least a few weeks before your move. This way, you can pick up free boxes and have plenty of time to pack up your belongings.


Packing Materials (Keep Your Fragile Items Safe)

Bubble wrap, polyurethane foam, packing tape, and other packing materials guarantee that your personal belongings stay safe as you travel from Point A to Point B. Therefore, you should purchase a variety of packing materials to protect antiques, fine art, glassware, and other fragile items during your move.


Of course, it never hurts to be creative with packing materials. So, if you have old clothing or towels, you may be able to use these items as packing materials, too.


Markers and Stickers (Add Labels to Your Boxes)

If you commit significant time and resources to packing up your belongings, you surely want to know where to place these items in your new home. Luckily, colored markers and stickers make it easy to label your moving boxes.


Easy-to-use colored markers and stickers can help you keep track of your items during your move. Plus, they are inexpensive yet very useful. Marked boxes help to streamline the process of getting unpacked at your new address.


Hire Professional Movers and Packers

There are many essential packing supplies to pick up before moving day. If you require extra help packing up your house as you prepare for an upcoming move, it never hurts to reach out to professional moving and storage companies for support.


Moving companies also sell boxes and moving supplies that are of a higher quality. These sturdy boxes are often double and triple-walled and recommended for heavy items. The most common cause of damage during a move comes from the vibration of items inside your box during transport. That is why professional moving boxes are also highly recommended when moving long distances.


Professional packers receive extensive training on how to build high-quality custom crates. In addition, they know how to pack, wrap, and protect your priceless items adequately. Plus, your items are protected during transport with top-grade moving blankets, shrink wrap, and packing tape throughout their journey. This extra layer of safety assures their security throughout your move.


Moving companies that employ friendly, diligent moving professionals can help you take the guesswork out of getting ready for moving day. They will bring all of the must-have packing supplies, pack up your belongings, and take them to your new address.


Contact us to order your professional packing supplies or to schedule professional movers or packing services.


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