Handled Moving Guide: A curated and annotated list of expert-approved supplies.
Having the right supplies on hand means you’re prepared for an organized and efficient pack. Boxes and tape are a good start, but there are some specialized items that the pros use to make packing a breeze. In the article below, we’ll explore options and provide recommendations to get you started.
These are tried-and true moving staples. They’re light, pack flat, and their corrugated design means they’re surprisingly strong. But all boxes aren’t created equal: opt for a thick-walled, heavy duty box for maximum protection. Best of all, boxes come in nearly every imaginable size and shape:
Small Box: Pack small, heavy items like books and tools.
Medium Box: Use this all-purpose workhorse by default for most things.
Large Box: Pack light, bulky items like pillows, blankets, and lampshades.
Wardrobe Box: Transport clothing on hangers in this box with a built-in hanging rod.
Dishpack Box: This box comes pre-divided into slots for cups and plates.
Mirror and Picture Box: Packing large, flat items? There’s a box for that.
Multi-Depth Boxes: These boxes are adjustable to accommodate multiple sizes.
As you can see, there are plenty of box options for a range of organizational styles. If you’d like to purchase a complete kit, some retailers sell packs designed for a typical studio, 1 bedroom, or 2 bedroom home.
Plastic bins or tubs are sturdy, stackable, waterproof, and mold-resistant. They’re more expensive than cardboard boxes, but they’re ideal for items that will be stored in basements or garages. Consider plastic bins for photos, mementos, holiday decorations, and other items that are used occasionally.
Packing material is designed to wrap items to protect them from scratches or breakage and fill voids in boxes.
Packing Paper: Cost-effective and plant-based, paper protects small and light items.