What Moving Supplies Do I Need?

Written By

Machaela Casey

Answer: You will need boxes, tape, and packing materials. If you are doing the moving yourself you will also need dollies, moving blankets, moving straps, and other protective gear.

Moving supplies are more than just cardboard boxes—but you will also need plenty of those. You can buy moving supplies from your moving company. Getting moving supplies from a professional is a great way to know exactly how much you will need. Instead of buying items you may never use again, you can actually rent things like dollies, moving blankets, and other assistive and protective items from the moving company you will be working with as well.

Which Moving Boxes and Supplies To Get

Make sure to get plenty of the moving essentials. You will need boxes, tape, and a tape dispenser to make it easier to tape up all those boxes.

When choosing moving supplies boxes, get a variety of sizes. Large boxes are great for lighter, larger items. Small boxes are good for books. Get box dividers to help pack away dishes and other fragile items. For these things you should also get some bubble wrap and/or packing paper. Don’t forget to get permanent markers or labels to let the movers know where the boxes should go.

For moving day, you will also need a bunch of equipment if you are doing the hard work yourself.

  • Cargo straps hold things in place during transit
  • Mattress bag protects your bed
  • Couch cover keeps your living room set fresh
  • Tool kit allows you to assemble and disassemble furniture
  • Plastic bags keep screws and bolts from disassembled furniture together
  • Plastic wrap helps keep drawers in furniture and doors on cabinets closed
  • Handtrucks and dollies help you get things from point A to point B
  • Garbage bags are perfect for moving pillows and linens
  • Work gloves protect your hands as you do the dirty work

However, if you hire professional movers, you can skip all this stuff. All professional moving teams will carry these items with them. Usually, the use of these things is included in the price of moving.

Now that you know what to get, contact us to get started with planning your move. Packing supplies are just the first step of starting a new life in your new home. We’d love to be there to help you and with over 100 years of experience, we know how to do it.