In the weeks and days leading up to a move, you'll likely be spending the bulk of your time packing your possessions. Gone are the days of simply wrapping the fragile items in newspaper and hoping they don't break. Today, you have a number of valuable packaging materials at your disposal that can help keep your goods secure -- and won't rub newsprint onto your fingers while you work. You can often buy these packing materials at your local moving and storage store, but regardless of how you're able to obtain them, you can count on their ability to make the packing and moving process easier. Here are three things to buy.
While clear packing tape can be useful for securing boxes during the packing process, nylon-reinforced tape provides a significantly higher degree of strength. This type of packing tape is clear but has thing strands of durable nylon running through it to make it strong enough that it will seldom rip. Nylon-reinforced tape is a valuable ally for putting cardboard boxes together if you buy them flattened. Don't try to cut corners by purchasing run-of-the-mill packing tape at a discount store. Spending a little more for the reinforced variety will make your boxes more secure and reduce the risk of an item getting damaged.
Clear Stretch Wrap
Whenever you're moving, it will seem as though you can use clear stretch wrap for a dozen different applications and still be thinking of new ways to incorporate it into the packing process. This versatile product comes on a long plastic or cardboard spool and is effective for securing objects that you don't want to damage through the use of tape; stretch wrap will hold whatever it touches tightly without leaving a mark. You can use this product to wrap around furniture that you don't want to damage during the move, to hold several objects together, such as a handful of curtain rods, or to hold an area rug in a tight roll.
Clear bubble wrap is ideal to use for securing your things in most applications, but a bag of foam peanuts can also come in handy. Because they're in small chunks, you can easily fit them into tight spaces for which a sheet of bubble wrap might be too bulky. Additionally, you can easily wedge single peanuts into gaps that you need tightened. For example, if you'll be moving a dresser and are concerned about the drawers sliding, pushing a single foam peanut into the void under the drawer -- depending on the style of the piece of furniture -- can often make a difference.
To learn more about packing and storage, get in touch with a company like Security Self Storage.