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Buying Packing Materials and Supplies

Packing is one of the most important aspects of moving. It ensures that your household goods arrive safely to your new home, keeps your things secure during transport, and basically, protects your investments from unwanted damage.

Here are some important guidelines that you should know about packing materials:

Create a packing list

Professional movers and packers know the importance of a list. This will ensure that you pack everything that needs to be brought to your new home. Without a list, you will most likely forget a thing or two.

Boxes, boxes, boxes…


There are specific boxes meant for specific areas and items in your household. Moving kits usually have a variety of boxes for you to use. These include:

  • Small, medium and large moving boxes
  • Heavy duty boxes
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Electronics boxes

You need several of each depending on your possessions but usually, you will have to get more of the smaller boxes and less of the bigger ones.

Specialty boxes

For specialty items like framed artwork, desktop computers and large mirrors, you need to purchase specialty boxes that will keep them safe and secure. Special materials such as corrugated cardboard can protect the surfaces of these specialty items.

Protection, Cushions and Wraps

To keep your items clean and well-protected, you will also need materials such as inflatable bags, stretch wrap, foam, packing peanuts and brown paper (or newspapers). These will fill extra space inside the boxes and add extra protection for your things.

Handy accessories

You will also need the assistance of supplementary materials like scissors and cutters, markers and stick-on labels, and used newspaper. Most of them are pretty common household materials so you don’t have to spend too much on these packing paraphernalia.

Buying local packing supplies

You can purchase packing materials from local moving retailers, office supply stores and mail service stores. Buying from local and nearby places will ensure that you get the items right away.

Buying online

You can also opt to look online for packing supplies. Aside from the convenience of not leaving your home, online shopping will allow you to compare prices and get the best deals.

For affordable supplies, try websites like:
U-Haul (,
Budget Truck Rental (

Written By
Ariane S

Expert Moving Advisor

Ariane is a proficient moving advisor. She has experience in corporate, individual and special relocations, and is well-versed in coordinating moves, packing tips and shipment estimations.
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