If you are moving or planning on moving in the future, then it’s never too soon to start collecting the essential moving and packing supplies you will need. When you are right in the middle of a move, the last thing you need is scrambling to get all the moving supplies you need. So be prepared by following this essential moving supplies list.
It’s possible to get free boxes to use for items of yours that are lighter weight. However, not all boxes are created equal. They have different sizes, strengths, and sturdiness, making a huge difference. You will want to stock up on a variety of different box sizes so that you can put heavier items in smaller boxes, and light things like clothing can go into larger boxes. You will not want to get boxes that will fall apart easily for obvious reasons. Think about whether you will need special boxes for items like your TV or fine china sets.
Packing Paper and Bubble Cushioning Rolls
If you are super tight on your budget, you can save money in this area. If you want you can go all out and purchase these items. Otherwise, you can use newspaper, mailer sheets, clothes, linens or any bubble cushioning you have managed to save from shipping packages.
A general rule is that you will always need more packing tape than you think. So it would be a good idea to stock up here. Make sure that you also don’t skimp out on the quality of your tape. Cheaper tape could seem like a better idea, however, you will need to use a lot more of it and it could still end up being unreliable.
Be sure that you always have a strong and sharp pair of scissors available for use when you are packing and moving. Not only will you need them to cut tape, but they are also something you reach for first when you need to open up a box after you might have made a mistake with its contents.
Box Cutter or Utility Knife
Many people skip out on the utility knife if they already have a trusty pair of scissors. However, this could be a mistake. Box cutters can save you time because they are designed to cut through boxes like a dream. This is key when you are very tired at the end of a move and just want to break down your boxes and be done with it. They are also great at cutting plastic zip ties, which can damage scissors.
Painters tape is versatile, and it is not as sticky as other tapes, so it will never damage the item that it’s on. You can use painter's tape to label your boxes and stay organized, or you can use it to hold together a bunch of loose items like pens or silverware, or you can use it to map out space restrictions on the floor.