When you’re in the midst of packing for your move, it might seem as if your only option to protect fragile items is to carefully roll them in bubble wrap. Now, what if we told you that there are quite a few different ways to keep those delicate objects safe with the help of some other wonderful materials? If you’re at wit's end purchasing bubble wrap at your local shipping store, here are some other things to try!
Packing materials are your best friend when it comes to protecting your belongings for any move, whether it’s local, long-distance, or even international. What you use and how you use it may end up being one of the most important parts of your move.
Here are a few of the best packing materials out there:
You know them well: those inflatable, clear pillow-like balloons that you might find in the box of some of your most recent online purchases! While these new-fangled devices may seem like a dream to have in your possession, they’re rather easy to purchase on your own! Of course, these “little pillows” won’t come inflated, but it’s rather simple to do!
Another great way to pack your most prized possessions is with packing peanuts! Coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, these little guys will be another great way to ditch the bubble wrap and make sure that all of your belongings will get to your new home safe and sound! One tiny detail that you may want to look into, however, is purchasing biodegradable packing peanuts since Styrofoam packing peanuts are not environmentally friendly. You can also purchase and use Styrofoam blocks, which can be used to surround and protect items inside a box.
Paper & Cardboard
Recyclable and reusable, paper and cardboard are great options for packing. They are also affordable and easy to find! Cardboard can be used to protect walls and floors while you move boxes and heavy items through your old or new home. It can also be cut to size and placed over TV screens and computer monitors to protect them from scratches. Packing paper can be used to wrap and protect items like glasses, pots, pans, paintings, picture frames, mugs, and the like. It can also be bunched up and used to fill gaps in moving boxes so things do not shift during transit. For particularly fragile items, however, you might want to consider an alternative.
Packing foam is one of the most versatile packing materials. It comes in all shapes and sizes, like pouches, sheets, rolls, and corner guards. Small items can be placed inside foam pouches, rolls are ideal for larger items, and sheets may be ideal for dishes and glassware. The only downside is that packing foam is not as cost-effective as some other materials, but when used right, it can offer significant protection.
Old T-Shirts, Towels & Sheets
Did you, or do you attend a lot of concerts? If so, there’s a chance you might have a series of tour shirts lined up in the bottom drawer of your dresser. Do you have multiple sets of towels or sheets that you don’t use that often? If those shirts, towels, and sheets are sitting there collecting dust, put them to work! The best way to utilize these materials is to layer them along the inside of a box. Next, make sure to wrap/roll your belongings in the shirts or towels!
Specialty Packing Kits
You can purchase specialty packing kits online or at major retailers. These kits often include a box and special separators, packing foam, and other materials needed to pack a specific type of item. Dish and glassware kits are two examples. Because packing kits can be fairly expensive, you may wish to use these in moderation.
It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when packing, but plastic wrap is incredibly useful. Check out how you can use it in our blog: 6 Moving Tips Using Regular Plastic Wrap.
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