Between finding a new place to live and getting ready to leave the old one, moving can be an overwhelming experience. One of the most stressful parts of moving is packing—people often don’t realize how much stuff they really have until it’s time to move it all. But the right packing supplies can make any mountain of belongings easier to deal with.
Moving and storage packing essentials:
- Packing Tape: Good packing tape is an essential ally in packing. With a dispenser, packing tape is easy to apply. Plus, it makes it simple to cut your boxes back open once the move is over and you need to unpack.
- Cardboard Boxes: Consider getting cardboard boxes in multiple sizes; smaller boxes are good for fragile items while larger ones are great for absorbing bigger possessions. They’re relatively cheap, and some vendors allow you to return unused boxes, so there’s no harm in erring on the high end of what you think you’ll need.
- Padding: To keep your belongings safe, padding is essential. Air-filled padding can go inside boxes to protect items, while exterior padding (such as moving blankets) can protect larger items and furniture from scratches or other damage.
One way to get many of these items in one place is by purchasing a packing kit. These typically contain padding, tape, and boxes, along with other accessories such as markers. They come in different size tiers—i.e., ones designed for students, people with large households to move, and so on—and can remove some of the stress of trying to piece together all the packaging supplies you’ll need yourself. Argos.co.uk, Amazon, and PacknMove.co.uk all offer packing kits of some sort.
Another option is to check with your local self storage site, which can usually provide any packaging materials you may need, along with advice on how to use it. Storage sites can also be a tremendous help by providing a place to keep your belongings during a move.
If you’re about to move and need to store your belongings for a while check out our UK self storage map to find storage near you, or call Mr Box at 0800 783 9885.