Packing supplies and tips for moving
Packing paper/plain newsprint – used to wrap everyday items to prevent scratching; when crunched up it can be used as cushioning
Tissue paper – softer than newsprint, used for wrapping very delicate items; also provides cushioning and fills in small spaces when packing fragile figurines and china
Bubble wrap – plastic packing material made up of hundreds of tiny "air cushions" or bubbles used to over-wrap small, delicate items after they are wrapped in tissue; also helpful when wrapping larger fragile items such as lamps and pictures
Pink anti-static bubble wrap – used to wrap electronics including stereos and computers. It is similar to traditional bubble wrap but does not cause static electricity. If traditional bubble wrap is used to pack these items, a static electric charge could be created, damaging the item.
Duck® tape/Sealing tape – plastic tape, 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) to 2 inches (5.08 cm) wide; best for packing, test to see if it ruins finish before taping up drawers and canisters
Permanent marker – used to label boxes with contents and destination in new location; mark boxes "fragile" and "this side up" when appropriate
Resealable plastic bags – used for nuts and bolts as you disassemble items, tape bag to disassembled item
Tips on collecting packing supplies
Beware of used boxes – People sometimes try to pack their belongings in used boxes to save money. Beware. Produce boxes often become weakened from the moisture of transportation or product spoilage. Additionally, insects often nest in used boxes.
Use clear Duck® packing tape only– Make sure to seal your boxes with packing tape. Duct tape doesn't adhere well to corrugated cardboard. Boxes put together with duct tape will fall apart.