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Packing and moving can be a huge task, but just like with any big job, it suddenly becomes easier with the proper tools. In a time when there are entire stores dedicated to selling different types of containers, a person planning a move could easily get lost just in preparation before packing a single box. Finding perfect boxes for each item is great if you have got a lot of time, but for those who do not, we have put together this list of must-have packing and moving supplies.


They can be purchased from your moving company or a packing-supply store, or you can get them from a grocery, liquor, or office-supply store. Wardrobe boxes are the best way to move hanging garments. Measure the number of linear feet of hanging clothes to calculate the quantity you’ll need. For the kitchen and dining room, use boxes with pre-assembled partitions to protect glassware. You can purchase the boxes specifically designed to accommodate large items, including glass tabletops, mirrors, artwork, mattresses, and lamps. For books, choose small boxes. Those larger than 12 inches can be difficult to lift when full.

Box Cutters

There is a wide variety of knives that can be considered box cutters. Rather than relying on a specific design style, the box cutter definition simply comes down to whether or not a given tool can cut boxes.


There are various types of tape you can choose from depending on how to use it. Like strapping tape, which is lined with nylon fibers that make it impossible to tear or cut without scissors and clear plastic mailing tape that is used for affixing labels and making them waterproof. It is best to have a tape dispenser for every member of the house.

Trash Bags

You can use trash bags to pack soft and nonbreakable things. They can be stuffed into trucks and morph into shapes that boxes cannot.

Resealable Bags

Small sealable plastic bags are a great way to pack small things. It has a seal to secure small things and will also protect the contents from moisture and water.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is a flexible transparent plastic material used for packing fragile items. Regularly spaced, protruding air-filled hemispheres provide cushioning for fragile items. Use this to wrap your precious vases and other breakables.

Stretch Wrap

Stretch wrap or stretch film is a highly stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around objects. The elastic recovery keeps the items tightly bound. In contrast, shrink wrap is applied loosely around an item and shrinks tightly with heat.

Labels or sticker labels

For labeling, you may use masking tape and permanent marker. You can also buy stickers which can be stick into your boxes to serve as labels. Or, you can directly write labels into the box itself.

Pens and a Notepad

These two things are very useful when you are making an inventory of your things. List down all the things that you have packed and then you can use it later when checking out your items. Aside from these, you can also use any type of notepad app in your smartphone for a more convenient inventory.

Packing Paper

This is one of the few things that you don’t actually have to buy. Newspapers, scratch papers from the office, or old magazines can be used as packing paper for things that need to be protected from scratch.

Permanent Markers

Very useful for labeling purposes.


Good for cutting bubble wraps, stretch wrap and tape.

Basic Tool Kit

For furniture disassembly and other uses.

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