Must-Have Packing Supplies
The Right Tools for the Job
You’ve probably heard that the key to a job well-done lies in having the proper tools. The job of moving is no different. Here are our favorite packing supplies that get things done, not just quickly, but effectively.
Use colored labels to identify items by room. This helps you and your movers know where boxes need to go once they get to their new home.
Broad tip markers are a great tool. Having the right size marker keeps your labelling legible.
Packing tape, makes it really easy to tear your tape (as opposed to cutting) and it sticks especially well to moving boxes.
Handheld Shrink Wrap
Moving totes are handy because you can re-use them, as opposed to throwing away or recycling cardboard. They can crack under pressure if very heavy, so it’s useful to reinforce them with shrink wrap.
Moving Boxes: Sizes and Types
Commercial moving boxes come with many different options. You can maximize your moving truck space by getting better acquainted with the choices, ending up with just the right amount of space and durability for your needs.
Cubic feet are the unit of measurement for the available room in a moving truck. With any box you buy, it’s easy to understand sizes by looking at the markings on the sides of the boxes. A 3 cubic foot box will have three dots, a 1.5 has one and a half,
and so on.
- 1) Wardrobe boxes
As the name suggests, anything you can hang in your closet is ideal for this type of box, including shoes (which go right in the bottom). These boxes are also great for bulky items, like rakes, golf bags, baseball bats, soccer balls and other gear.
- 2) Dish Packs or Dish Barrels
This type of box is commonly used for kitchen items, or vases. They’re double walled, so they are more durable than your average moving box. A standard dish pack is 5 cubic feet.
Single Wall, Double Wall, and More
If you’re packing fragile items, then you want a dish pack, because of its double-walled box. A single walled box, which is almost the same size, would work for fairly large, but light items (example, a wicker basket).
How to Tape Moving Boxes
Many people overlook the fact that manufacturers put handy tabs right on packing boxes. When you’re ready, you can fold them back and forth, and then down. Looking from the top side of the box, you can open it up, lean in, and easily start
putting your items inside. Try to keep the tabs from separating, or ripping, so you can maintain the integrity of the box.
Prepare Your Tape
For your comfort, use box cutters to cut the tape, or tearable packing tape.
Add Your Tape to the Box
Take a piece of tape, and put one right down the middle of the two flaps on the bottom. Then, on the side seams, apply the tape across lengthwise, and pinch it, fold it like a little triangle on an angle, then fold the flap down.
Your box is ready to start packing.
How to Build a Mirror Box
The Protection of a Mirror Pack
Useful for keeping breakable items safe, and secure during a move – especially mirrors. They can also be useful with a variety of delicate items – paintings, drawings, and more. In our video we used a framed picture instead of a mirror.
Prepare Your Paper
First, lie your mirror or artwork flat on brown packing paper. This type of paper is triple-ply. Just in case moisture gets in, it will be absorbed, instead of causing damage. If you have an oil painting, select a special type of paper called glassine.
Cover the piece with packing paper and secure it in place with packing tape.
Once the piece is covered, identify what the piece is, and which room it’s from.
Completing the Pack
Now you can begin building corners (aka caps) that make up your mirror pack.
How to Pack Kitchen Part 1
When packing your kitchen for moving, a dish barrel (also known as a dish pack) is a great item to have on hand. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to put dishes in it. You can put anything breakable in these packs because they’re double-walled,
Packing a Dish Barrel
First grab several sheets packing paper and build a filler barrier, on the bottom. Each layer of dishes that you pack, you’re going to add another layer of paper filler in between.
Avoid Empty Spaces
A good rule of thumb is to avoid a lot of empty space, which causes things to crack. It’s helpful to pack smaller items, wrapped in paper, inside larger items – nesting them inside each other.
A Note on Knives
With sharp items like knives, be very careful to cover the tip of the blades. Fold it over with several sheets of paper, and cover it with a piece of tape so it’s secure. Take your marker and label the paper “sharp – knives”. Place the knife standing
upright, with the tip of the knife down.
How to Pack Kitchen Part 2
In the first part of this series, we reviewed the basics of packing up your kitchen, plus the advantages of using a dish barrel for breakables. Here we talk in more detail about layering items according to weight, packing extremely fragile
items, and knowing when your dish pack is full.
A good rule to keep in mind (not only when packing kitchen goods, but any item) is: heaviest things on the bottom, lighter things on top. It’s useful to label such boxes with “Top Load”, meaning the items at the top of the box are the most delicate.
- 1) Cutting Boards:
We recommend packing almost everything in paper, but if you have things like a wooden cutting board with existing gouges and cuts, you can save yourself some work by putting it directly in the moving box.
- 2) Champagne Flutes:
If you have champagne flutes or other light glassware, try to pack them all in one box, rather than assorted boxes. This way extra care can be taken when handling these especially fragile goods.
Pack Cutlery Last
The nice thing about cutlery is you can wrap it up in its own container – the cutlery drawer organizer. Simply take paper and wrap up the whole organizer, fixing it in place with tape. This will usually fit nicely at the top of your box.
Before Closing – Check Capacity
When your box or dish pack is nearly ready to be sealed, there shouldn’t be much space left. Try folding the flaps of the box closed and see if it sinks down when you push gently on it. If it does, add more paper filler until there’s no give left. Your
box is ready to be closed and taped.
How to Pack Wardrobe Neatly
The Advantages of a Tall Moving Box
Wardrobe Boxes are great for tall items, such as long clothing. The bar at the top of this box makes it easy to arrange quality garments (still on the hanger) and stop them from getting wrinkled. Keep in mind items such a wedding dress, or other clothing
that is irreplaceable.
Selecting the Box
When you shop for your boxes, they will be stamped with a size. If you select a 24-inch box, make sure the bar (which goes inside to hold up hangers) also indicates “24-inches”.
What to Pack
Think about the length of your items that will be going in the box. For example, if you’re hanging shirts, you’ll have a few feet of space left in the bottom. This space can used effectively by storing shoes or boots.
Assembling and Filling a Wardrobe Box It’s important to start with securing the bar that goes across the wardrobe box, so that it will bear the weight of your clothing.
How to Pack Without Hurting Your Back
We can’t emphasize this enough – it’s very important to be mindful of avoiding strain or injury while moving. Fortunately, with just a little time and effort, you can set yourself up for success with a temporary packing station.
What You’ll Need
Essentially, you are building a temporary table out of the sturdiest packing boxes you have on hand. Start by assembling a box, preferably a dish barrel, aka ‘dish pack’. The weight and height of this type of box is best (they have double walls, so they
Placing the Top
Now take another dish pack. Rather than assemble it, take the unopened cardboard, and place it on top of the other dish pack, making it your “tabletop”. Simple, but effective.
Grab a stack of newsprint paper, and set it flat in the center. Voila! Now you’re ready to to start packing things at your new, ergonomic-friendly workstation.