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List of Moving Supplies for a Successful Move

Published by Chris Townsend

List of Moving Supplies for a Successful Move

While packing and moving can be a major endeavor, you can greatly simplify the process with proper tools. One of the biggest worries when moving is whether or not your beloved household items will make it your new home unharmed. This is where the proper moving supplies come in.

When it comes to all of the moving supplies you need for a successful move, packing tape and carboard boxes are just the tip of the iceberg. With all the necessary supplies and techniques, you will allow even your most fragile items to survive the move. The right moving supplies will not only protect your stuff, they will also help you stay organized, reduce stress, and ease the entire moving process.

With that said, what are the moving supplies needed to ensure a successful relocation? Continue reading for our full list of all the packing essentials.

What You Need for Packing

Arguably, the most taxing part about moving is the packing process. This is precisely why it is essential that you gather all of the packing supplies that you need. You’ll also want to give yourself plenty of time to pack each item with care. Here are all of the packing supplies you’ll need for your move:

  • Boxes: While this is a no-brainer, you want to make sure that you have boxes in a variety of sizes including small, medium, large, extra-large, and even wardrobe boxes. Although large items necessitate large boxes, to make moving easier, heavy items should be placed in small boxes. On the other hand, lightweight items can be packed in larger boxes and still be easy to handle.
  • Packing Tape: Along with boxes, you’re going to need good-quality packing tape and a lot of it. You’ll need tape to both build boxes and seal them up once they’re full. Avoid saving a buck and using dollar store packing tape to ensure the stability of your boxes and the safety of your possessions. We highly recommend splurging on tape that is plenty durable.
  • Scissors and Box Cutters: Though these generally come more into play during the packing process, it’s always good to have plenty on hand while you’re packing too.
  • Packing Paper and Bubble Wrap: You don’t have to spend a ton of money on materials for protecting your fragile items. While many prefer to use packing paper or bubble wrap found at home improvement stores, you can also use recycled newspaper, towels, sheets, blankets, and even your own clothing. You can use bubble wrap to wrap your furniture. However, you’ll want to avoid using newspaper on anything that could stain, as the ink may bleed onto your items.
  • Plastic Bags: Small plastic sandwich bags can really come in handy for packing small items that can easily be misplaced. Use them to hold the screws that you took out of your dissembled furniture, or any other items in your home that may get lost. Be sure to carefully label each bag so you know what the pieces correspond to.
  • Markers and Labels: Speaking of labels, having permanent markers to label your boxes are essential. Simply mark directly on your cardboard boxes with the markers or, if you’re using plastic bins, you can use labels and a marker. Consider implementing color-coded stickers to instantly identify which room a box should go in.
  • Tool Set: You’ll need a set of basic tools such as a wrench and screwdriver to disassemble any furniture that requires it. Keep these handy on moving day as well, since you may need them.

What You Need for Moving

In addition to the essential packing supplies, there are a number of supplies you will need that are specific to the physical move. When moving day rolls around, you’ll want to have the following on hand:

  • Rental Truck: If you’ve decided not to hire professional movers, you’ll likely need to rent a truck. While you may be able to fit a lot in your own car, you can avoid making multiple trips by securing a moving truck. Make sure that you get the right size rental truck and gather multiple quotes so you know you’re getting the best price.
  • Dollies: Having a dolly can make your moving day much easier, saving you time and back pain. There a variety of dollies that may come in handy including furniture dollies, appliance dollies, and utility dollies. Dollies are crucial for helping you move boxes, heavy items, and bulky furniture between your home, the moving truck, and vice versa.
  • Lifting Straps: If you are a DIY mover, you may want to invest in some lifting straps. These will distribute weight much more evenly so that you can lift large appliances and big furniture pieces without injury.
  • Furniture Pads and Moving Blankets: These items are crucial for cushioning your items while in transit to your new home. Before you rent or buy extra padding, determine which of your items may require it. That way, you ensure that you get the right amount without overspending.
  • Cargo Straps: Cargo straps, bungee cords, or safety straps can help secure your household items inside the moving truck so that nothing shifts on the road.
  • Ramp: While most rental moving trucks come with ramps, some do not. Make sure that you select one that does. Also, if you are using your own truck or borrowing a friend’s, you’ll want to have a ramp. Using a ramp makes it much safer and easier to load heavy items by pushing them, rather than having to lift them into the truck.
  • Felt Pads: These are important for protecting the flooring in both your current and new home while moving. You can slo use moving blankets for this purpose but you want to make sure that they won’t shift when walking on them.

While this may seem like a lot of supplies to have for just the moving day, they are essential to ensure a safe and successful move. If you want to avoid the stress of having to acquire all of these essential moving supplies, consider hiring professional movers and packers. They will show up to your home with all of the tools, knowledge, and experience to get the job done.

How do I save money on moving supplies?

Can you save some money on moving supplies by renting certain items, like dollies, furniture pads, cargo straps etc. You may also be able to snag some free moving boxes from a local grocery or liquor store. They get a ton of quality boxes with their inventory and will just simply end up in the trash anyways.

How many moving supplies will I need for my move?

For a two-bedroom home, you will need an average of 60 to 80 boxes. You will also need plenty of protective supplies such as packing paper, padding, and bubble wrap for your fragile items.

Do movers supply boxes?

If you only hiring professional movers, they typically do not supply boxes. However, if you are paying for packing services, they will provide boxes and all the other essential packing supplies.

What moving supplies can I do without?

There is some good news here. If your hire professional movers, you won’t have to worry about any of the supplies listed above. Your movers will have everything needed to ensure that your items are fully protected during their journey.

Contact us today for your FREE, no-obligation moving quote. Allow Three Movers to handle your entire relocation, provide you with all the essential moving supplies, and ensure a successful relocation!

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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