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The Best Packing Materials to Use When Moving

Posted on December 29, 2021

You’ve found a new place to live, arranged your move, and are now (finally) ready to begin packing. With so much on your moving to-do list, it’s possible that buying the proper packing supplies fell by the wayside.

However, these packing materials may actually make or break your move (and your valuables), so it’s important to invest in the right ones. We’ve listed five packing products you can use when it’s time to pack your stuff.

These products give the ultimate protection for anything from fragile stemware and dinnerware to delicate antiques and gadgets, in our opinion. All of these packaging supplies are also available at a variety of retail stores.

Packing paper

When it comes to packing materials, packing paper is one of the most cost-effective ways of protecting your belongings during a move. It’s also really simple to use. Large packing paper rolls can frequently be bought for less than $20, providing you a lot of value for your money.

We recommend wrapping and protecting kitchen objects such as glasses, mugs, bowls, pots, pans, and so on, as well as small devices, paintings, and picture frames, using packing paper.

Packing paper can also be used to cover spaces between objects and the moving box to keep belongings from shifting during travel. However, keep in mind that, while packing paper is an inexpensive option to safeguard valuables, it isn’t necessarily the most effective.

If the item is very fragile, you may need to put an additional layer of bubble cushioning or foam on top of the packing paper. Furthermore, if you use newspaper paper instead of typical packing paper, the ink may discolor your belongings.

Bubble cushioning

Don’t forget to include bubble cushioning in your packing supplies list. Before packing your stuff, we recommend obtaining many big bubble rolls (also known as Bubble Cushion Wrap). This plastic substance is composed of microscopic air-filled bubbles that cushion items.

Bubble cushioning is extremely lightweight, so it will not weigh down your boxes like other materials. It offers superior security for your things. For fragile objects such as glassware, china, crystal, antiques, and anything even potentially breakable, we recommend utilizing bubble cushioning. There aren’t many disadvantages to utilizing bubble cushioning, except that you’ll go through a lot of it rapidly, making it less inexpensive than packing paper.

We recommend using it as a single layer on top of other packing materials to save money. Wrapping a glass in packing paper and then putting a layer of bubble cushioning on top is one example. Finish by filling any remaining holes and empty spaces with packing paper.

Styrofoam packing peanuts

If you’ve ever gotten a shipment in the mail, you’ve probably had to dig through a box full of styrofoam packing peanuts to uncover your item hidden below. While these little bits of styrofoam are excellent for filling empty space and keeping an object from moving and breaking while in transit, they are not especially effective at securing fragile or delicate things, which require a layer of protection to be properly wrapped in.

Packing peanuts should only be used as a backup to fill empty space within moving boxes. Larger styrofoam pieces, such as styrofoam blocks, offer a similar option to packing peanuts (although much less messy). These blocks can be used to surround and protect anything placed within a box.

Packing foam

Packing foam comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Foam rolls, foam pouches, foam sheets, and foam corner protectors are the most popular forms of packing foam for moving. Dishes, glasses, appliances, picture frames, decorations, and jewelry may all be protected with packing foam. We recommend getting foam rolls or sheets for bigger things. Smaller objects should be placed in foam pouches.

One advantage of using packing foam over other protective materials is its ease of usage. After all, all you have to do with foam pouches is insert the object inside the foam pouch and it’s secured. Foam rollers are very convenient for packaging. The sole downside of utilizing packing foam is that it is the most inexpensive packing material.

Specialty packing kits

While specialty packing kits aren’t inexpensive, they’re the most effective way to ensure that fragile products are packaged securely and effectively. Specialty packaging kits are very helpful for kitchen products. Dish packing kits and glass divider kits are two of the most commonly used packaging materials for relocating individual dishes, water glasses, wine glasses, and other stemware. These kits normally include a box and an easy-to-assemble cardboard divider set. The dividers keep objects apart so they don’t come into contact (or break) while in travel.

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