Packing supplies checklist

One very important stage of every move is packing. The importance of this stage stems from the fact that depending on how well you pack, your items will be more or less protected. This, on the other hand, will depend on picking out the right green packing supplies. Packing your items in weak packing supplies will result in them getting damaged while going all out on very expensive packing supplies will be a strain on your budget. To help you find a balanced approach, we have compiled an article dealing with the very topic of packing supplies. Read on to find out which ones will be the right for your move.

Planning your packing supplies checklist

One thing that is common for every move is the importance of planning. A well-planned move will help you reduce a lot of that moving stress that is so common in relocations. As we have mentioned, planning out what moving supplies you will need will help you decide what the right kind and amount of packing supplies are for you. Just like with other items in a move, forming a checklist here would be beneficial. It will allow you to check at a glance what supplies you need and what you already obtained.

A planner, a notebook and a laptop
Planning is important with everything move-related and the same goes for obtaining packing supplies

Another thing you might want to add to your packing supplies checklist is a budget. Deciding on how much you are willing to spend on packing supplies will impact your timetable as well. Some supplies you may have in your home, while others you might need to get. The decision then boils down to if you’re willing to pay for these or are you going to go hunting for them for free. For example, moving boxes. You might get these from your moving company or you might go out and find some for free. Even if you know that some of your friends have leftover moving boxes that you can take, getting these will take up some of your time.

The most common packing supplies

Talking about planning and what to look out for will not help you actually form a checklist of packing supplies. Instead, we have decided to go through some of the most packing supplies and how they are used. The idea here was to give you an overview and let you form your own list depending on what supplies you need.


One of the most common packing supplies that are used in almost every move is boxes. Boxes come in handy in a variety of scenarios, from packing your kitchen to packing your office for relocation. Not only that they are versatile, coming in all shapes and sizes, moving boxes are easily available. If you don’t want to spend time looking for them, you will surely be able to get them from your moving company. On the other hand, if you’re looking to save a buck, there are many places that offer free moving boxes for you to pick up.


Next up on the list of packing supplies is tape. You can use this to tape up boxes, but also seal moving bags and other items. For example, you can tape up your shampoo or other bottles to prevent spillage. Just remember, that for a move, you will need a more heavy duty tape. Regular tape that you might use to wrap gifts just won’t cut it. That’s why it’s smart to put packing tape on your list of packing supplies. Not only is this heavy duty tape more durable, it is wider than regular tape, meaning you will spend less time taping things up with it. It is also stronger than regular tape, so you will be able to rest easy knowing that the strong grip of packing tape is keeping your items tightly packed.

Taped up boxes
The tape is one of the essential packing supplies making your packages firm and secure.

Scissors and box-cutters

Another thing that you will be using in combination with tape are scissors and/or box cutters. These are essential when packing. They will help you cut the packing tape and to customize the size of other packing supplies. On the other hand, they will also play a major role in unpacking after the move. Therefore it’s no wonder that no packing supplies checklist is complete without these. Be careful though as these are the most dangerous of all the items on this list. Be mindful not to get injured when using these. Also, pay special attention where you leave them if you have small children. If you’re moving with children, keep them out of reach to avoid your child getting themselves hurt.

Bubble wrap and packing peanuts

Another very common item in almost every relocation is bubble wrap and packing peanuts. These play a protective role in providing cushioning during the move for your more fragile items. These two work best as a combination. For example, packing your kitchen will involve packing certain breakables like glassware and some kitchen appliances. All of these would benefit from being wrapped in bubble-wrap and then being placed in a box filled with packing peanuts. If you’re looking to save a buck on your move, you can use blankets, towels and crumpled up paper instead of these. While not as effective as bubble wrap and packing peanuts these still might be sufficient protection for your items during the move.

Scissors, tape and bubble wrap
Bubble wrap is great for protecting fragile items


Another item that should be included in every packing supplies checklist is gloves.  Not only will they protect your hands from all the dust and dirt, but quality gloves will also prevent you from getting cuts and splinters. With a process as messy as a relocation can get, having good hand protection is very important.

Trash bags

You would be surprised how much trash can come up when packing for a move. Especially if you decide to de-clutter your home before the move. Even if you will not be doing some major de-cluttering, having high volume and durability bags would be a smart idea during a relocation. Better than regular bags, for holding stuff like your clothes or linen during a relocation, trash bags easily make our checklist of packing supplies.

Rope  or tie-down straps

When it comes to a relocation, keeping everything secure in place in the moving truck plays a major role in avoiding damage. This is especially true when it comes to moving heavy or bulky objects like couches and TVs.That is why most moving companies use tie-down straps to make everything secure in their truck. After all, a sofa on the loose, can cause serious damage inside a moving truck. If you will be conducting the move yourself and don’t want to spend on a professional item like tie-down straps, you can use a strong rope instead. Either way, something that can fix the heavy items in place, should definitely be on every packing supplies checklist

How to form a packing supplies checklist for your move

As you have seen above, packing supplies are many. Even though we went through the most common ones, there are still some that are specific to certain items. For example, if you will be moving artwork it would be smart to use glassine paper. Therefore it is very hard to form a definitive packing supplies checklist. Instead, you should take a look at all the items you want to pack. Then, decide what packing supplies would fit your needs the best. As long as you keep a clear head here and do your research, you will be fine!