Types of packing materials
Whether you have moved a lot or you are about to take this huge step for the first time in your life, we assume you are well aware of the fact that your relocation will most likely be a rather demanding and time-consuming process. For that reason, it is of utmost importance to be prepared for it early enough, which will help you reduce the stress and keep everything under control. To start with, you should think about packing boxes and whether you’re capable of dealing with this tricky task without professional movers. In case you think you can handle it all by yourself, you should at least learn more about the different types of packing materials that will come in handy if you want to protect your belongings adequately. That is why Trico Long Distance Movers have prepared this quick guide for you.
Naturally, the first thing you need to think about is gathering enough moving boxes of different shapes and sizes for all the things you want to bring to your new home. One of the best ways for doing so is to ask someone who has recently moved to give you all the boxes they don’t need anymore, which will save you some money, and help them get rid of the clutter – kill two birds with one stone, right? You should also know that different objects need different kinds of boxes. For example, there are small boxes for heavy things, large boxes for lighter items, boxes with compartments for glasses and other fragile objects, wardrobe boxes for your clothes, and so on.
Newspapers can be used as an inexpensive packing material, which is what many people eventually decide to do. However, if you’re toying with the idea of doing so, first remember that there is a risk of black newspaper ink dying your plates and cups. But even that is better than using no packing paper at all, especially when packing fragile glassware and other valuable items. So, before you put them in a box, remember to wrap your things in old newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and so on.
Speaking of wrapping, we should also mention bubble wrap, although we believe nobody can imagine packing anything without it. Bubble wrap is necessary if you want to make sure your valuables are safe during the transportation. How to use it? It’s easy – make sure that it is flat, put the item in question in the middle, roll the wrap around it and seal it with packing tape.
While on the subject of easily breakable things, we should remind you of packing foam, which is more lightweight than bubble wrap, so in some cases, it might be more convenient to opt for it. However, it is not as flexible, so it might not be fit for oddly shaped objects.
When it comes to packing electronics, the best-case scenario is to find the corresponding original boxes and put them there. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible, so you have to have an alternative. In other words, you need to find boxes which are as close as possible to the original ones, but also use moving blankets to protect your devices from any potential damage. These will also be useful for your large furniture items such as tables, couches, desks, beds, etc.
Finally, we believe that packing peanuts should be on your list when you start gathering moving supplies. Naturally, your boxes are likely to be shaken or even thrown around in the moving van during transport, so don’t forget about additional cushioning if you want to avoid damage – and that’s exactly what packing peanuts are there for.
Good luck with packing! If you need more advice, or if you would rather have professionals deal with packing, do not hesitate to contact Trico Long Distance Movers anytime you want.