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Best Tips for Packing and Moving Supplies for Any Move

When it comes to any major move, whether residential or commercial, moving supplies are an important piece that needs to be considered. From basic supplies like boxes and tape to packing paper, ensuring you have the proper materials on-hand will make your move faster and more convenient.

At Sullivan Moving & Storage, we’re happy to assist San Diego clients with a wide range of local moves and long-distance moves for both residential and commercial settings — and we regularly assist clients with various moving supplies to help them with their move. Generally speaking, moving supplies can be split into two broad categories: Packing supplies and moving-day accessories. Let’s go over both, plus some tips on the most important items within each category for your checklist.

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Packing Supplies

When we talk about packing supplies, we’re referring to a variety of basic items that will be used by both clients and professional movers. In many cases, clients will spend the weeks and even months leading up to moving day utilizing various packing supplies; these will then be used in several ways during the actual move, including the actual transportation to and from destinations.

Examples of common packing supplies, plus some tips on their use:

  • Boxes: The single most well-known packing material out there for any move, boxes which come in all shapes and sizes. There are numerous box types out there — first and foremost, you should be looking for boxes specifically designed for moving. Boxes designed for moving are made to be sturdier and can withstand more wear-and-tear than traditional boxes, though any box will work in a pinch. In addition, it’s important to think about the kinds of items you’ll be packing in each box; heavier items should go in smaller boxes, while lighter items can go in larger boxes. If needed, you can typically purchase quality boxes from your moving company; check on this in advance to be sure.
  • Packing tape: Tape is an absolute must when it comes to packing. Make sure you have a few different types of tape on hand — standard adhesive tape, duct tape, and packing tape are all good options. In addition, you’ll want a tape dispenser to make the process easier; this item allows you to quickly and easily apply tape to boxes.
  • Bubble wrap: Bubble wrap is perfect for packing fragile items; it provides a layer of cushion between the item and the box, preventing any potential damage. If you have a large number of fragile items, bubble wrap can be a lifesaver. In addition, however, knowing how to properly utilize bubble wrap is key. Be sure to pack items snugly in the wrap, and always use tape to secure it in place. If you need any assistance, this is one area where professional movers are happy to assist you.
  • Packing paper: Packing paper serves a couple of purposes. First and foremost, it’s great for packing delicate items that you don’t want to wrap in bubble wrap. In addition, packing paper can help to fill any extra space in boxes and keep your belongings from shifting around during transport. It’s a lightweight option that doesn’t take up much space, and is a good overall packing supply to have on hand.
  • Labels: Labels are another key item for both packing and unpacking; they help keep track of what’s in each box and where it goes. You can buy labels specifically designed for moving, or use masking tape and a Sharpie to create your own.

Moving Day Accessories

While packing supplies will typically be used for days, weeks or even months in advance of the actual move, moving day accessories tend to be reserved specifically for the actual process of transporting items to your new location. Some examples of important moving day accessories include:

  • Dollies: Dollies make it easy to move large and heavy items, such as furniture, without having to strain your back. In addition, they can help to save time by allowing you to move multiple items at once. They allow you to load and unload quickly and easily, without having to worry about getting everything to and from your vehicle. They’re especially valuable for heavy boxes or items that are too awkward to carry.
  • Hand trucks: Hand trucks are similar to dollies in that they allow you to move multiple items at once, but they’re designed for smaller items. If you have a lot of boxes or lighter items to move, a hand truck can be a lifesaver. In addition, they’re great for taking upstairs; if your new home is multi-level, you’ll definitely want to bring a hand truck with you.
  • Furniture pads: Furniture pads are a must if you’re moving any furniture. They protect your furniture from scratches, dents and other damage that can occur during transport. In addition, they keep furniture from sliding around in the moving vehicle, ensuring it arrives at your new home in one piece.
  • Ramp: A ramp is an essential moving day accessory if you’re transporting items in a moving van or truck. It helps to easily and safely load and unload your belongings, without having to worry about injuring yourself.
  • Cargo straps: Cargo straps are a must-have for securing items in the moving vehicle. They keep boxes and furniture from shifting around during transport, preventing any damage.

Generally speaking, most or all of these moving day accessories will be supplied by professional movers when you hire them. Again, though, be sure to confirm these details ahead of time so there’s no confusion.

For more on moving supplies that are necessary during any major move, or to learn about any of our local or long-distance moving services, speak to the team at Sullivan Moving & Storage today.

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