Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be or hire a packing expert to have your goods arrive safely and undamaged to its destination. What you will need is some good, common sense, a little advice, and a few basic packing materials. Believe it or not, packing your belongings yourself will actually save you time and money, and the hassle of making sure your valuable and personal goods are packed efficiently by complete strangers.
Basic Materials You'll Need
You will need any good, clean, strong boxes, suitcases, trunks, and/or plastic or metal bins. You will also need some type of protective wrap or padding (for example: bubble wrap, styra foam peanuts, packing paper, newspaper, moving blankets, plastic wrap, etc.), some sealing tape, and a marking pen.
How To Pack
Wrap all small, loose items individually in packing paper, then crumple newspaper to use as padding (use at least 3 inches of crumpled newspaper or packing paper on the bottom and top of each box, bin, trunk, etc.), and then pack your wrapped items in them. You can also use blankets, towels, sheets, and even clothes for padding when packing your goods. Also, try to pack similar items in one box so everything is better organized and easily found (for example: pack books in one box, dishes in another, etc.). When packing books, keep in mind that books and magazines can be really heavy. So try to pack them in boxes, trunks, or bins no larger than 1.5 cubic feet, which can, believe it or not, end up weighing anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds. Use a sealing tape at least 1.5 inches wide and of good quality (strapping tape is the strongest choice), to seal your boxes, suitcases, trunks, and bins. Then use a permanent marker to label the contents of each box on the lid, side, etc.
For fragile pieces it is best to use even greater cushioning and protection by wrapping each item in bubble wrap and packing them in boxes full of styrafoam peanuts. In addition to labeling your fragile item boxes with the contents, it is suggested to write "FRAGILE" on all sides as well. Also, for all goods, fragile or not, pack the larger, heavier items on the bottom and smaller, lighter items on top.
For big items or furniture, you can buy moving blankets or use plastic (saran wrap) to cover and wrap the limbs of your furniture. Then use tape or rope to keep the moving blankets and plastic in place. international shipping companies to worldwide moving. This protects your big items and furniture from scratches and dirt.
From where to buy supplies
You can purchase moving blankets (about $7 or $8.00) at stores like Home Depot, and buy plastic (saran wrap) in bulk from places like Costco Wholesaler or Price Club. You can also buy moving boxes and packing materials from storage or moving centers like U-Haul Rent-A-Center locations, Public Storage, Office Max, The Packaging Store, or Office Depot. You can buy bins and trunks from Target or Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) stores. Or, you can go to your local department and