Packing and Moving Materials Guide

If you think moving involves a lot of cardboard boxes, you would be right, but there are many other things that relocation will require as well. With so many items in your home that need to be packed and made ready before the moving companies arrive at your home, consider your packing plan of attack before you start the process. Having the following moving materials on hand will ensure that the task of packing goes faster, and the things you are packing remain safe and sound throughout the entire trip.

Moving Boxes

Of course you will need moving boxes to pack everything you own into. There are different kinds of moving boxes out there though, and you should be familiar with what is available to you. Smaller boxes, which are pretty standard, are used for heavier items throughout the home, making them manageable to lift. Medium and large boxes are also fairly standard, but are used for lighter items. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang clothes from an attached metal bar inside, while double walled boxes provide extra protection from your move. Don’t forget cell kits and mirror boxes, which provide special protection to glass, mirrors, and pictures that are moving with you.


You can’t ensure that your boxes will stay closed or together if you don’t have sturdy packing tape to ensure they do just that. Tape for moving should be strong and thick, and at least two inches wide. You can often purchase this in bulk. A tape gun will allow you to secure your boxes faster and can be refilled with nearly any roll.


Having something that can ensure your items are well padded throughout the trip will help you rest at night as your goods are transported to their new home. There are a few different kinds of padding that you can use, depending on the item you are packing.

  • Packing paper can be crumpled to fill spaces in boxes, or can be used to wrap items like dishes, glasses, or other fragile things.
  • Bubble wrap is good for cushioning just about anything and can be cut to size in any shape. It can also be layered, making it easier to put to use.
  • Foam and styrofoam peanuts are good to fill spaces in boxes as well and can be used to pad strangely shaped items or delicate electronics, as they are shock proof.

Markers or Labels

Labeling your boxes is important so that you can keep track of what’s inside. Not only will you be able to more efficiently unpack at your new home, but your movers will be able to place boxes in or near the rooms where they will ultimately end up. It might not seem like a big deal now, but when you are in the middle of chaos in your new home, you will appreciate this little bit of extra effort put in during the packing process.

A Box Knife

You might wonder why this is on the list, since you are going to be putting boxes together, not taking them apart. Yet, having a box cutter on hand can be quite helpful during packing. Not only can you use it to cut bubble wrap and break down boxes you might need to provide protection for flooring, but you will also be able to have the tool on hand when you do arrive at your new home and it’s time to unpack.


Moving blankets offer a kind of protection that you can’t find in small pieces of bubble wrap or packing paper. For items that are large, or for mirrors or pictures that you want to wrap, having moving blankets on hand can make your job just a little bit easier.