Packing Essentials: Must-Have Supplies for a Successful Move

Moving to a new home can be exciting but also daunting, requiring careful planning and organization. One of the most crucial aspects of a successful move is packing. The right packing supplies can make all the difference in protecting your belongings. Here, we’ll discuss the must-have packing essentials you need for a successful move. 

Moving Boxes of Various Sizes

Moving boxes are the backbone of any packing process. Invest in sturdy, high-quality moving boxes of various sizes to accommodate different items. Small boxes are ideal for heavy items like books and kitchenware, while larger boxes can hold lighter, bulky items such as bedding and pillows. Medium-sized boxes are versatile and work well for clothing and household items.

Free boxes might seem tempting, but not all boxes are created equal – size, strength, and sturdiness matter. How many boxes will you need? Here’s a rough estimate based on household size. Remember that the quantity of boxes for a 3-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot house will differ significantly from a 3-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot house. 

Simplify your packing process with a moving supply kit that offers an assortment of boxes and essential supplies

Boxes Needed By Household Size

  • Small Apartment: Small (6), Medium (12), Large (2), 
  • Large Apartment: Small (14), Medium (30), Large (6), 
  • 3-Bedroom Home: Small (26), Medium (54), Large (12) 
  • 4-Bedroom House: Small (40), Medium (70), Large (16) 

Bubble Wrap and Packing Paper

Summit Moving & Storage Essential Packing Supplies

Fragile items require extra care during a move. Bubble wrap and packing paper protect delicate belongings like glassware, dishes, and ornaments. Use bubble wrap to wrap individual items and fill any gaps in boxes to prevent shifting during transportation. 

Packing paper is excellent for wrapping more substantial items and adding an extra layer of protection. Try these budget-friendly alternatives if you’re trying to save money on packing supplies: replace packing paper with newspaper, clothes, and linens. 

Packing Tape and Dispensers

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Supplies Packing Tape

Once you’ve packed your boxes, securing them properly is essential. Invest in high-quality packing tape and tape dispensers to seal the boxes securely. Make sure to apply tape along all edges and seams to reinforce the boxes’ integrity and prevent accidental openings during transit.

And don’t underestimate the importance of having ample packing tape on hand. Often, you’ll find that you require more tape than you initially anticipated, so it’s crucial to stock up in advance. Invest in quality tape. Opt for premium-grade tape rather than the cheaper alternatives. 

Furniture Covers

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Furniture Covers

Protect your furniture from scratches, dust, and dirt with furniture covers. Use plastic or fabric covers specifically designed for furniture, such as sofas, mattresses, and dining tables. Furniture covers will safeguard your belongings and simplify the unpacking process as they keep everything clean. If you can’t access furniture covers, buy ample shrink wrap. 

Moving Blankets

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Blankets

Moving blankets are a lifesaver when protecting furniture and other bulky items from dings and dents during the move. They are effective furniture covers, safeguarding delicate items like bicycles from scuffs and damage. They also can be used to aid in the transportation of heavy objects. 

By placing a weighty item like a dresser, heavy box, or mattress onto a moving blanket, you can effortlessly slide it across the floor, ensuring protection for both your floor and valuable furniture while sparing your back from strain. Wrap these blankets around dressers, cabinets, and appliances to provide an extra cushioning layer and safeguard against potential damage.

Labels and Markers

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Markers and Labels

Staying organized during a move is essential to make unpacking a breeze. Use labels and markers to indicate the contents of each box and the room they belong to. This way, movers can easily place the boxes in their respective rooms, and you can find what you need without opening every box.

A color-coding system can be a game-changer, especially when relocating to a new home. Use these labels to identify their designated rooms quickly. Use a permanent marker with a large enough tip to identify the contents at a glance. 

Box Cutters and Scissors

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Boxcutters and Scissors

Keep box cutters and scissors handy for the unpacking process. They will make it much easier to open boxes without damaging the contents inside. Remember to exercise caution while using these tools to avoid accidents. 

Scissors are essential for cutting tape, reopening boxes, resizing blankets, and crafting custom boxes for specific items. Box cutters effortlessly slice through boxes and thick plastic zip ties, and they are perfect for breaking down boxes. 

Mattress Bags

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Mattress Covers

Keep your mattresses clean and protected during the move with mattress bags. These specially designed bags will shield your mattresses from dirt, dust, and moisture during transportation, ensuring they arrive in your new home in pristine condition.

Plastic Ziplock Bags

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Baggies

Plastic Ziplock bags come in handy for keeping small items together and preventing them from getting lost during the move. Use them for screws, bolts, and other small hardware from disassembled furniture, and label the bags to make reassembly a breeze. 

Cleaning Supplies

Summit Moving & Storage Packing Essentials Cleaning Supplies

Before you move into your new home, it’s a good idea to clean it thoroughly. Pack essential cleaning supplies like all-purpose cleaners, sponges, and wipes to ensure you can freshen up your new space before unpacking.

Get Prepared for Your Move & Give Summit Moving a Call Today! 


With these packing essentials, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful move with minimal stress and worry. Remember, quality packing supplies can make all the difference in the safety of your belongings during transportation. If you want to take the hassle out of packing and moving, consider enlisting the services of Summit Moving & Storage to handle both for you. Our team of professionals is equipped with the knowledge and experience to manage your move efficiently and securely, so you can focus on the excitement of starting a new chapter in your life. Book your move today! To guide you through the moving process, download our Master Your Move Checklist

Robert Williams

Robert Williams

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