You need the right tools in order to get any job done. Before you start packing for a move, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your supplies organized and ready to go. Don’t waste time running back and forth to the store. A quick review of this checklist can help you be more efficient while you pack.

The Best Packing Supplies for Moving

You can start by confirming that you already have a good permanent market in the house. This is one of the most important things you’ll need, and unlike some other moving supplies, you may not need it to be a new purchase. Then again, it never hurts to have additional back-ups. The rest of your essential moving supply will likely include:

1. Various sizes for your moving boxes—and different types of durability

Everyone knows you need boxes to move. But what some people forget is that they should avoid grabbing boxes that are all the same size. You can actually save some money when you mix up the types of boxes you buy. The ones with the best durability ratings will cost a little more, and you don’t necessarily need them for everything you’re going to move.

Moving piles of books, for example, tends to go better when you have smaller, extra-durable boxes because they’re so heavy and might cause a flimsy box to break. Lighter items however, like coats and bedding, can get tossed in larger boxes and still be relatively easy to handle.

2. Specific cushioning for unique items and applications

Spare cardboard and newspaper are great for packing dishware and glasses. Yet they may not be protective enough for larger items like fragile lamps or artwork. Picking up some foam wrap sheets from the hardware store can be a great solution.

3. High-quality packing tape with multiple dispensers

Whenever you have a couple of friends or a family member packing with you, letting everyone have their own packing tape dispenser can make things go faster. It’s also a good idea to splurge a little on high-quality packing tape so your boxes won’t bottom out or split during the move. Good tape will help keep your belongings safe.

4. Plastic baggies for smaller items

As you pack, you may need to disassemble a piece of furniture. You’ll want to keep those specific screws, bolts, or washers together, and a smart trick is to use sandwich-sized plastic baggies. Then label the bag—or just tape it to the furniture itself!

5. A trusty utility knife

Once everything is moved into your new home, you’ll probably want to start opening certain boxes right away. Having your utility knife in a convenient spot will definitely come in handy!

Getting these supplies lined up in advance will help the moving process go smoothly. It’s always wise to plan ahead, and that’s why you’ll want to get your movers scheduled ASAP too. At Colt Moving, we’re here to make your moving day as stress-free as possible. Schedule your moving day with our team, and you can count on us to get the job done right!