Every journey’s got to start somewhere. For most people, the journey of your big moving day will start the moment you start packing. And packing supplies, while they might be important, often take second place to all the other elements at play.
This is a mistake. You can book as many u-Hauls as you want, make as many key copies as you can, and buy a million garbage bags, but it won’t be “real” until you start packing.
And you can’t start packing until you’ve got the right supplies.
Join us, today, as we look at ten essential packing supplies for your next move, and why you need them.
Have You Got Your Packing Supplies Yet?
Moving houses is never entirely easy.
Make it easier on yourself, with these ten great packing supplies:
Bubble wrap is a classic for a reason, and that reason isn’t just that it’s so much fun to pop. With its soft knobs and pliable structure, bubble wrap provides the best protection there is for fragile items during transit.
Wrap these up in a way that the material will absorb any and all shocks while you’re moving.
Of course, a good move isn’t just one where your belongings don’t get damaged or you don’t throw out your back.
A good move is also getting to your new place and knowing exactly where everything goes.
To this end, packing labels help to show you, at a glance, what the contents of your box are, and where you’re going to want to unpack them. This saves you time, helps you acclimate to your new place, and puts the move back in your hands.
This may sound obvious, but hear us out.
You would be shocked by how many people leave actually finding boxes for their moves until the last minute. Think you’ll be able to pick up a few from your local grocer because you always see them down there? Go back and check, well ahead of time, in order to make sure.
Also make sure you have various-sized boxes and tape as well.
This is a small addition to your packing supplies which can make a huge difference.
Box cutters get your boxes open quickly and simply, saving you time and the effort of forcing open that dreaded packing tape.
Simply put, moving blankets are put under your couch, car, TV or other furniture, inside of the van, to protect them from sliding around, scratching themselves and other items up in the process. An old blanket or carpet will work simply and effectively.
Ever wrapped up a sandwich in plastic wrap before school or work? It turns out, you can do the same thing with your furniture.
Invest in a roll of heavy-duty plastic wrap and roll up your large items in this to protect them from nicks, bumps and scratches during your move.
Think renting a dolly for the day seems like “a bit much”? Imagine picking up your bureau or vanity dresser by hand and tweaking something in your back. Or blowing out your knee, moving your bed.
If you’re still not interested in a dolly, we’d recommend you reconsider. These can be lifesavers in an emergency and are just a good precaution when you’re lifting for hours on end.
There are also many different options, any one of which could match your needs exactly.
This is a simple one.
Markers help you to label, mark and make changes on boxes quickly. And, because they’re thicker and darker than pens or pencils, you’ll be able to spot them quickly, read them, and use that information.
Essential Cleaning Supplies
Moving is a dirty business.
Make sure you bring some combination of the following:
- a few rags and old washcloths
- lightweight window and floor cleaner
- a dustpan and broom
- a two-sided, soft/rough dish sponge
- baking soda
- furniture polish
In addition to these, make sure to bring along a few good-sized trash bags for disposing of the waste you clean.
Packing Peanuts and Newspaper
One of the simplest methods of prepping your furniture for the great big move is to put them in a box and stuff that box with as much soft stuff as you can.
If you have fragile items you want to keep safe, pack them away and fill up any offending gaps with packing peanuts.
If these are out of the question, balled up newspaper will work just as well.
Discover Great Packing Supplies
For the most part, most people don’t love moving. There’s the stress of getting packed on time, the admin worries of arranging for a mover, and the ever-present worry of everything arriving broken.
Make sure you take care of your packing supplies ahead of time and get your move going the right way.
Interested in an effortless, no surprises move? Get in touch with us, today, and get the best out of your next big moving day.