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Best Packing Materials To Use
For standard local or long distance moving it is best to use specific packing materials. Use these materials and read about the different options and uses for them.


different size moving boxesThere are a few types of boxes designed for packing.  Most are generalized boxes that can be used for 90% of your packing needs.  They consist of small, medium, and large cartons.

Small boxes are used for heavy items such as books and canned goods and tools.  In addition, small boxes are good for use when packing liquids.  Many people use mostly all smaller boxes, because they are the easiest to handle.

Medium boxes are good for medium weight items such as pots and pans and kitchen items, and also bedroom closet items.

Large boxes are designed for packing of lighter items such as pillows and blankets and cushions.

Dishpack boxes have reinforced walls and are designed for packing dishes and other fragile items. That is, instead of one layer of cardboard like standard cartons, they have 2 layers of cardboard for extra impact protection. Be sure that if hiring a packing service, that they are using these types of boxes for your breakables.

Glass And Mirror Packing MaterialPicture or Mirror Cartons are tall and wide, but only 4 inches thick, and are designed to hold 1 to 2 medium to large pictures or mirrors. Packing Pictures and Glass.

Wardrobe cartons are designed for moving hanging clothes on their hangers.  They are about 4 foot tall, and have a metal bar that goes across the top so you can hang you clothes on their hangers.  In addition, wardrobe cartons are very large cartons, and are great for packing garage items such as camping gear, sports gear, and consolodation of other miscellaneous bulky items.

Packing Paper

packing paper Packing paper is the standard of the industry when it comes to packing materials. Don't be shy when using this stuff for the more fragile items such as dishes, and pictures.

Paper pads are about 3 foot by 4 foot, and are used for wrapping larger items such as lamps and pictures and mirrors. Feel free to use linens or blankets or towels in place of paper pads if you are looking to save. Unless of course your linens are very expensive, and you don't want to wrap items with them.

Materials such as bubblewrap, foam wrap, packing peanuts and the like do a great job, but they are quite expensive. That's why most pro movers don't use them much.

You will also need some packing tape for taping the bottom and tops of your cartons. Standard 2 inch wide plastic tape is the best for packing of moving cartons. Usually put about 3 to 5 strips on the bottom of the cartons, and 1 to 2 strips on the top of the cartons.

Other Packing Materials Needed

You should find some markers for marking the sides of your cartons. Be sure to write your last name, room, and quick list of items inside. Also, carton cutters are very helpful for cutting cardboard as needed for custom cartons. Also for unpacking of cartons at your new location. Be careful, carton cutters have razor blades.

These are the basic packing materials you will need for a standard local or long distance move. Remember, the better you have everything packed up and ready to go, the easier it will be for yourself or your movers to move everything. This translates to the most cost effective move.

About The Author:

mike scott Mike Scott has been in the moving industry for over 30 years. He started out as a mover with Bekins Van Lines, moving furniture across country. He now owns a local moving company in the Los Angeles, CA area that has been in business for over 15 years. More about .