Moving Supplies 101

One of the most daunting tasks in the moving process is the actual packing. While packing is never fun, it is a great deal easier if you have the correct products. The goal is to make sure your valuables and possessions get from point A to point B in one piece. While it is important to hire quality movers such as A-1 Professional Movers, having the right packaging supplies and boxes will make the process a lot easier and safer.

Moving Boxes

16 x 12 x 12, Small Box – This is also known as a 1.5 or a book box. This is the size box you want to use for books, compact discs, DVD’s or any really heavy but small boxes. If you own LP records, they will fit in this box perfectly. You want boxes this size because of the objects which will go in them. If you put all of your books in a larger size box, you won’t be able to lift it and neither will the movers. Many times if you over pack a box and it is too heavy, the movers will have you re-pack it. Movers are strong but they aren’t superhuman.

18 x 18 x16, Medium Box
– This is a great overall box. Unless it is full of books, you can pretty much put whatever you want in it. It is a great size to hold a lot of your possessions but not so big that more than one person would have to carry it. You will use a bunch of these when you move.

24 x 18 x 18, Large Box – This is a good size box for clothes, linen and toys. It can also be used for items such as pots and pans that have long handles. You want to be very careful when using this box. You don’t want to overload the box and make it too heavy to carry.

24 x 18 x 18, Extra Large Box – You need to be very careful when using this box. It will get very heavy quickly. Uses for the extra large box are packing comforters, stuffed animals and light items such as Tupperware.

18 x 18 x 28, Dishpack Box – This is a great box for dishes and glasses. It is also good for garden implements because of the added height. It is a double walled box which means it has two layers of corrugated which makes it a stronger box. This box can be used by itself or with a cell divider kit which is a set of cardboard inserts for glasses and dishes which is sectioned. Regardless if you use a cell kit, you want to make sure you wrap your items with paper or bubble wrap.

24 x 20 x 46 Wardrobe Box – These boxes are great for hanging clothes. The box comes with a hanger so you can take your items, out of the closet, put them in the box and transport them to your destination. Once you get there, take them out and put them back in your closet. The box is two feet wide, so measure your closets and this will give you an idea of how many boxes you need.

Picture Mirror Boxes – There are two basic sizes of picture mirror boxes. The first is the inner/outer combo. The inner box is 37 x 3 x 30 and the outer is 37 x 3 ½ x 30 although the sizes can vary. These boxes can be used individually or you can nest the two together to make one box which gives you added height. The second box is a 40 x 60 x 3 box which is also known as a four-piece picture mirror box. This box comes in four pieces, with each piece folding over to make one corner. This box is handy because it is adjustable on the length and width. It can be adjusted down to 20 x 30 inches or go up to 40 x 60 inches. You nest each corner together and then tape around all of the seams.

Packing Supplies

Newsprint or Wrapping Paper -You can purchase unprinted newsprint which works very well. It usually comes in 10, 25 and 50 lb. bundles. You want to use the paper liberally. Use two to three sheets for each item. Wad up a nest of paper in the bottom of the box to provide cushioning. Pack your dishes in the box, horizontally as opposed to vertical. This will keep them from breaking. Continue to add more paper for wadding. If you go to close the box and the flaps close easily, you don’t have enough paper. Items usually break because there is space for them to move around and hit each other.

Bubble Wrap – There are two different types of bubble wrap, ½ inch and 3/16 inch. The half inch or fat bubbles are great for wrapping pictures, mirrors and large items. Be careful when wrapping items with lacquered wood or other finishes. If the bubble is in contact with the wood for a long period of time, it can react with the finish and leave little bubble marks on the surface. You might want to place paper between the surface and the bubble wrap. The 3/16 inch bubble is really good for dishes, glasses, smaller framed photos and nick-nack type items. It is more form fitting and doesn’t take up as much space in the box. If you have fine china or crystal, you definitely want to invest in some bubble wrap. Both sizes come in a variety of widths ranging from one to four feet.

Tape – Your best bet for using tape is to use either the clear or tan acrylic tape. The rolls are two inches wide and 55 to 110 yards long. Make sure to purchase good tape. Use a mil thickness of 1.8 or better. Cheap tape will split and crack making it frustrating to use. If you are using this tape, it is highly recommended that you purchase a tape gun. It will make your job easier. If you don’t want to do this, have a sharp pair of scissors handy. Once you tape a box, flip a little piece of tape under so you have something to grab on to. If the tape rolls back up on the roll, it is very difficult to find the end to use it again. In this case it is better to use tan tape than clear because it is easier to find the end.

As with any job, having the right tools at your disposal makes your job a lot easier. While it is an added expense to use the proper boxes and packing supplies, you will ensure your possessions get to your destination intact.