The best packing materials to protect your items when moving home


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When it comes to preparing for moving home you will need to think about what packing materials you are going to use to protect your items during transportation.

The key is in the preparation and you should have all your packing materials ready in advance to get the job done in the most efficient way.

It’s best to not rush and to make sure you leave yourself enough time to pack and take care packing those fragile items.

In this article we will look at all the different types of packaging materials available and provide you with a handy checklist to make sure you are ready to get packing.

There are lots of different types of packaging materials, here are a few to consider that are readily available:

Bubble wrap

You are likely to need bubble wrap for packing delicate items or things like picture frames and mirrors that may be damaged during the move. And if you have some extra you can have fun popping it!

Packing paper

This is essential for packing up your kitchen, especially glass and china. Make sure you have more of this than less, as you should use a couple of sheets per item you pack. You can use packing paper for breakable items and to line boxes.


No matter what size of boxes you get for moving home, you should make sure they are double walled for extra strength. Most removal companies can supply you with boxes (at a small cost) but you can source your own if you would rather. We have a range of packaging boxes available, just ask our staff for more details and they will be happy to help.

You can also pick up boxes at your local supermarket if you are struggling to find boxes free of charge. Make sure they are strong enough for purpose or you could end up damaging certain items due to boxes tearing.

Unconventional packing materials

Bin bags

Packing is also a great time to declutter as you go and get rid of things you will not need at your new house. Be ruthless and if you haven’t worn or used it within the past 6-12 months, donate it to charity.

If you aren’t too bothered about creasing your clothes, bin bags can be used to pack soft things like clothes, blankets, pillows. This will save space and save you money on buying lots of boxes. It may look like you are throwing away everything you own, but bin bags are a cheap and space saving way to pack up your home.

Towels and clothing

These are great for wrapping fragile items and will also pack your towels and clothes at the same time. You can cushion boxes with towels or clothing and this will help protect your fragile items whilst they are on the move.


Use this handy checklist to make sure you have all the essentials to help you get ready for packing. You should aim to pack well in advance to make sure you are ready for your moving date.

Don’t leave it too late as it’s normally a bigger job than you think.

We hope you found this article useful and are ready to get packing. The key is in the preparation, so follow our checklist to get organised.

Happy packing!

Your Turn

  1. What packing materials have you used before?
  2. What have you found works best for you?
  3. Are their certain packing materials that you have found are better for some items than others?

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