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Different Types Of Packing Materials

You are getting ready for a big move so you just did a Google search for “what items do I need to pack my house?” Then, you found this post so congrats!

While moving can be exciting, it can also be stressful. Here is a guideline for what you need to know when getting packing materials.

Different Types of Packing Materials

Packing paper:

People have used newspaper for packing since, well, there were newspapers. Though inexpensive, the black ink can dye your plates, cups, and other items, causing them to stain. Last thing you want is taking the time you package your valuables, then the material you use for packing damages them, so just be aware this does happen. It is best to go with dye-free packaging paper that you can use to wrap around your personal treasures.

Moving blankets/pads:

The best option for packing big items like TVs and furniture is to wrap them in large moving blankets or moving pads that gently get placed in the moving truck. Blankets/pads are also good to use when wrapping tables, couches, desks, beds, a wardrobe or a dresser since it will help your items from getting dented or scratched.

Bubble wrap:

Another go-to item for moving is bubble wrap. It is great way to protect valuables and fragile items like glass, dishes, art and/or collectible items and much more.

Pro Tip: Make sure that your bubble wrap roll is flat, then place your item in the middle and wrap. Seal the package with some packing tape before you place the wrapped item in your boxes. This will keep the items tightly wrapped and in place during your moving, preventing cracking or breaking.

Packing foam:

Foam is another packing material that can protect breakable items. It is pretty similar to bubble wrap, but you might need to wrap your valuables with foam a few times before you place them into your moving box since it is more light weight. Reminder, it is always good to add towels, blankets or other items in the box to make it secure.


You always want your moving boxes filled completely to prevent things from moving around, so peanuts can help to fill empty spaces and serve as a barrier around your items. Heads up, they can be a pain to clean-up afterwards.


The most important part of the moving process, besides the movers, are your moving boxes. No matter the size of your house or apartment, you might as well plan on needing double the amount of boxes that you think you will need. It is always good to get an assortment of small, medium, and large boxes for different sized items. Wardrobe boxes are always handy to have, too.

Bonus Tips

  • The heavier the item you are moving, the smaller the box should be.
  • Do not fold boxes at the top or bottom. Instead, it is best to tape every box, which will help the box from breaking out at the bottom.

If all of this sounds like a pain and you do not want to do it, then you can always have a professional mover do it for you.

Thanks for reading and good luck on your move!

Other Resources To Help With Your Move:

Things To Check When Choosing A Mover

How To Properly Pack For Move

Do You Need To Tip Your Movers

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