Must Haves For Moving
Are you ready to move into your new home? Congratulations!
If you’re moving to a new home, reaching your destination is just half the battle. It might be your first time to move out or you’ve already moved several times. Even if you’re a seasoned vet in moving, you should be prepared a few days before the big move.
The biggest to-do on your list is packing everything you own. No matter how long the moving process will be, it is best to have Must Haves For Moving to ensure a smooth packing process.
To help you with the process, here are the must have moving items you should have to make the move itself a lot easier, plus some tips and tricks to keep in mind to help with the process.
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Boxes can be purchased either from your local packing supply store or moving company. You can also get them from grocery, office supply, or liquor stores.
Make sure that the boxes have lids and are clean and dry. There are specially made boxes that can accommodate large items like mattresses and artwork, and there are some that are sturdy enough to hold glass and mirrors.
When placing items from the kitchen or dining room in boxes, since they are fragile, use boxes that have pre-assembled partitions to protect the glassware.
For books, journals, and other hobby-related and small items, you can use small ones. Larger boxes that are more than 12 inches in size can be difficult to lift, especially when full.
- Large moving boxes.
- Size is 20” x 20” x 15”.
- Ideal for packing lightweight, bulky items such as lampshades, stereo speakers, electronic equipment, stuffed animals, clothing, comforters, pillows, bedding and towels.
- Kit Includes: 20 Medium Moving Boxes, 5 Large Moving Boxes, 5 Small Moving Boxes, 1 Roll Of Tape, and 1 Black Marker.
- Professional Grade & Certified 32 ECT Quality C Flute – 65 lbs. Maximum Gross Weight Capacity
- 5 Small Moving Boxes’ dimensions: 16 x 10 x 10. You can use this for packing smaller or heavy items like photo albums, CDs, books, dishes, glassware, etc.
- 20 Medium Moving Boxes’ dimensions: 18 x 14 x 12. You can use the medium size box for packing mid-weight items like kitchen appliances, toys, or shoes.
- 5 Large Moving Boxes’ dimensions: 20 x 20 x 16. You can use the large size box for packing lighter, bulkier items, such as towels, bedding, cushions, or clothing.
- Each set includes 12 large moving boxes.
- The dimensions of each box is 20” x 20” x 15.
- Ideal for moving items like kitchen supplies, pillows, clothing, toys, lampshades, and other light objects.
- No Tape Required: Features secure closure without using tape.
- Strong, durable hand holes for comfortable moving and lifting.
- FastFold quick and easy assembly.
- Easy to break down and store flat until ready for reuse.
When choosing your must haves for moving we can’t leave out tape. To seal the boxes, get several rolls of tape.
You can use a standard packing tape or opt for a strapping tape, which is lined with nylon fibers, making it sturdier to use and best for reinforcing the bottoms of heavy boxes. Use a clear plastic mailing tape to affix labels and make them waterproof.
- Get optimal results with this super adhesive and extremely durable clear tape. This packing tape is ten times stronger than other regular tape.
- Each roll has 60 yards of extra adhesive tape.
- Can be used for home removals, shipping and mailing, for storing and organizing household items, but also for anything that one expects from a household multipurpose tape.
- The dimensions of this tape measure at a 2 Inch Width x 60 Yards Length or (50mm x 55m). The diameter inside the core is 3”.
- Thick and strong refill rolls.
- Moisture and temperature resistant.
- Easy to cut.
- Each set includes 6 strong rolls of tape.
- Provides excellent holding power for normal, economy or heavy-duty packaging and shipping supplies.
- More yards than standard refill rolls: Contains 65 yards per roll.
- Perfect for shipping, moving or storage.
- Heavy duty for a strong and secure hold to keep your valuables safe while moving, shipping or in storage.
- This 2.6 mil thick tape is designed with a long-lasting acrylic adhesive that offers wide temperate range performance (14°F – 140°F) to keep your boxes and packages secure.
- Heavy-Duty: 2.6 mil thickness for heavier boxes.
- Easy-to-use dispensers for quick, durable applications.
- Includes 6 rolls with 6 dispensers with fall-back tabs to ensure tape doesn’t fall back on the roll.
- Strong seal on all box types, including harder-to-stick-to 100% recycled boxes.
- Durable and solvent-free hot melt adhesive seals.
- Resists slivering, splitting and tearing.
- Clear backing and instant adhesion.
A box cutter is an essential moving item. It can cut clean and precise edges, making it excellent for cutting cardboard and opening boxes.
Like packing your belongings, unpacking is also an important moving process. Make sure that you always have a sharp box cutter in hand.
- Professional Box Knife grade heavy-duty TPR Rubber construction designed to last for years. This utility knife will ensure strength, comfort and maximum productivity.
- Comes with durable, ergonomic handle.
- This set comes with 3 stainless steel blades that feature triple ground cutting edge, 60% sharper than normal ones, and can stay sharp 5x longer.
- Size: 6.8” x 2.2” x 1.8”
- Ideal for cutting pipe, paper, arts and crafts and other DIY projects.
- Internal blade storage in handle holds 3 extra blades.
- Features 4 positions for the retractable blade.
- Blade retracts once it leaves the cutting surface when the blade is in the 4th position.
- Size: 6” x 1.7” x 0.7”
- Allows the blade to cut effectively while staying safe to the touch.
- Mini Size = Fits in your Palm! Perfect cutter that sticks in your fridge, and cuts through all of your everyday packaging/slicing needs.
- Ideal for unboxing.
- Includes one double-sided slice ceramic blade.
- Stays sharp up to 11X longer than steel and never rusts.
- Easy “no tool” blade change and convenient lanyard/key-ring hole fits to on keychain – Less blade means reduced injuries.
- Designed primarily for cutting corrugated packaging, foam, vinyl, boxes, etc.
- Sleek, lightweight anodized aluminum design with anti-slip grip.
- Handle doubles as pocket or money clip.
- Heavy-duty carbon steel blades stay sharp longer. Convenient folding with the press of a button.
- Lock-back design safely locks the blade in place when in use.
- Quick-change mechanism for easy blade removal.
- Includes a knife holster and 5 extra replacement blades.
Several boxes can be confusing, so it’s important to have labels on hand.
Labels are essential as must haves for moving in identifying boxes. You can use whatever labeling method works best for you: You can either use numbers, color coding or label per room.
Label two sides and the top portion of each box. You might need to ensure that the label is visible on at least one side of the box at all times, so it’s easier to read.
- Convenient Time-Saver: Instead of writing hard-to-notice messages on the boxes, use these bright, eye-catching labels show movers where to place your boxes – perfect moving supplies.
- The package comes with 50 Labels per Living Space (16 Rolls, 800 Labels Total). This is perfect for those with 4-Bedroom or smaller homes and while you may not have 50 boxes for every single room, it will help movers unload quickly by having labels on multiple sides of the boxes.
- Fragile Handle With Care Labels Included: 2 Rolls (100 Labels Total).
- A set includes 960 distinct room labels ( 14 rooms), 120 “Fragile Glassware Handle With Care” and 120 “White Blank” stickers.
- Largest on the market: Labels are 4.5” x 2.5” in size.
- Clear & visible color coded labels, help you to be more organize, which helps reduce the cost and time spent during the moving process.
- Can be peeled off easily and applied quickly.
- Has permanent adhesive to help adhere to plastic or paper boxes securely.
- Set includes 140 distinct room labels (10 for each of 14 rooms), 10 blank stickers for customized content, plus, 30 extra labels for fragile objects in order to help you prevent the chaos of moving and comfortably set up your new home.
- These moving stickers are available in a larger 1.2” x 4.5” size with different, vivid colors for fast and easy item or box identification.
- Provides permanent adhesive on boxes and other materials like stretch film, moving blankets, etc.
- You can use these adhesive labels as your own identification or organization accessory for any storage box such as your shoes box, kids’ toys box, old books box or use the handy blank stickers to put your seasonal clothes in order.
Another must-have for labeling boxes are permanent markers.
It is recommended to use waterproof marker pens, so the writings on the side of the boxes will not easily smudge.
- Each set comes with 50 pens, all with black ink.
- Ideal for detailed marks,drawing, writing, coloring, scrap booking, doodling, filling in paper, plastic, metal and most other surfaces that allows you to show off your creative side.
- With long-lasting vivid,quick-drying ink that is waterproof, smear proof and fade-resistant.
- Non-toxic and acid-free.
- Each set comes in 30 bright and vivid colors.
- Versatile fine tip and rich colors that can create eye-popping, vibrant impressions.
- Ideal for detailed marks, drawing, writing, coloring, scrap booking, doodling, filling in paper, plastic, metal and most other surfaces that allows you to show off your creative side.
- Non-toxic and acid-free.
- With long-lasting vivid, quick-drying ink that is waterproof, smear proof and fade-resistant.
- Permanent ink that works on paper, plastic, metal, and other surfaces.
- Intensely brilliant colors create eye-popping, vibrant impressions.
- Remarkably resilient ink dries quickly and resists fading and water.
- Has versatile chisel tip that is perfect for countless uses in the classroom, office, home, and beyond.
- Each pack contains 4 black permanent markers.
If you’re securing the drawers and doors of your cabinets and bureaus, use a stretch wrap.
You can also use stretch wrap to protect tables and chairs. This material sticks to itself and leaves no residue behind.
- Up to 500% stretch ability: Superior stretchy, easy to unwrap, sticks to itself for a perfect seal. The more you stretch, the more adhesive is activated.
- 18” stretch film in 1200 feet.
- Can be used for moving, storage, and protecting any of your household items
- Each set comes in 4 rolls with 1000 feet of stretch film.
- Can be used to protect products and to hold them down onto pallets for storage and shipping.
- Flexible and resistant but can still remain extremely durable.
- Will not crack even in cold temperature conditions.
- Extra thick stretch wrap film.
- Perfect for Safely Collating, Bundling and Securing All Types of Items: Whether you like to wrap furniture, boxes, objects featuring odd shapes or loads that are uneven and difficult to handle.
- Each roll features 1000 feet of moving plastic stretch film wrap.
To add extra padding to the bottom of your boxes or to wrap breakable items, keep several rolls of bubble wrap handy.
Bubble wrap is economical to buy in large rolls and you’ll just cut it as you need it.
- 1/8” thick for extra cushioning.
- Comes in large perforated 12″ x 7″ inches cushion foam sheets to provide the absolute protection, wrapping almost all fragile items of any shape.
- Each set contains 50 pieces of foam packing pouches.
- Lightweight, resistant, and reusable: Cushion packaging wraps are made of thick but low density polyethylene (PVC) foam rolls, light and durable.
- Wraps to protect mugs, dishes, plates, porcelain and other fragile items while moving.
- Perfect for wrapping and protecting fragile items.
- Unique nylon barrier seal technology makes the bubble air lasting longer and provides better protection.
- Lightweight and reusable.
- Comes with 20 FRAGILE stickers included for using while moving or shipping your valuable items.
- Conforms easily around delicate and valuable items during moving, mailing, and storage
- Features Air Lock Technology nylon barrier seal to hold air longer and protect items better
- Perforated every 12 inches to easily tear off the roll
- Lightweight for cost-effective shipping
Keep a good quality pair of scissors with you. You can use them for cutting bubble wrap, cords, boards, and boxes.
- Titanium bonded blades are 3X harder than stainless steel.
- Blades stay sharper, longer
- Contoured soft grip handles
- Ideal for paper, cardboard, light line, fabric, and other materials.
- Product dimensions: 10.9 x 0.8 x 4.4 inches
- Powerful hand shears that can cut out any type of thick paper.
- Well designed angled blade enables to cut thick paper easily.
- Made with the finest Japanese stainless steel.
- Product dimensions: 8.1 x 3.1 x 0.5 inches
- Made with durable, strong Stainless Steel Rust Resistant Blades: Forging press manufacturing process enables high-density steel that makes 3 times harder than normal stainless steel and are smoother cutting.
- Ideal for sewing, tailoring, quilting, dressmaking, cutting patterns, alterations, hand craft, home and office use etc.
- Made with multi-color titanium coating blades. They are strongly resistant to rusting and to adhesives such as glue and tape, making them ideal for almost any kinds of tasks.
- Ergonomic design for precision control and max comfort.
Basic Tool Kit
When moving, keep the following tools on hand for easy repairs and quick furniture disassembly and reassembly:
- Utility knife
- Four-way screwdriver
- Cordless drill
- Small hammer
- Measuring tape
- Putty knife
- Hooks Wire
- Work gloves
- Contains the tools needed for most small repairs around the house.
- Heat treated and chrome plated to resist corrosion.
- Securely housed in a handy blow-molded case.
- Perfect choice to accomplish your general purpose projects, repairs, and maintenance at home.
- All tools meet or exceed ANSI critical standards.
- Contains the tools needed for most small repairs around the house: Tape measure, claw hammer, slip joint pliers, driver, bit connector, scissors, utility knife, and screwdrivers.
- 115-piece basic tool set for everyday home repairs and chores
- Includes hammer, wrenches, pliers, screwdriver, screwdriver handle and bits, a nut driver bit set, steel and masonry drill sets, level, tape measure, hacksaw and utility knife
- Made of durable, corrosion-resistant CRV steel; soft-grip handles for a secure hold
- Includes nylon tool bag for easy transport and storage
- Forged from high-quality steel and finished in high-polish chrome,strength,durability, anti-corrosion protection.
- Contains tools needed for most small repairs and basic DIY projects around the house,home spare.
- A combination of a variety of basic tools, precision screwdrivers, hammers, tape measure, pliers and so on. Also has a dual function mini small ratchet wrench, and wrench sleeve. Limited tools with unlimited functionality.
- Housed in a handy blow-molded case for easy tool storage and portability.
Sealable Plastic Bags
To keep small items together, like the brackets and screws from your furniture, appliances, or shelving, have several sealable plastic bags with you.
You can also use them to keep pieces of clothing, makeup, skincare items, spoons, forks, and other small items together and safe, too.
- These bags are made of Polypropylene (PP). They are non-toxic, odorless, environmentally friendly.
- Each set comes with 4 different sizes of bags ranging from 2×3, 3×3, 3×5, and 4×6 inches.
- There are 50 bags for each size.
- Although you can use these clear treat bags to pack your kids snacks and goodies for a trip, they work even better for everyday household items like beads, board game pieces, coins, necklaces, rings, pills, candies and much more.
- Each set comes with 100 Units of the Clear Poly Bags with Permanent Self-Seal Adhesive.
- The self sealing bags use a powerful glue, that is tamper evident, reliable, and not resealable. Once sealed, the clear plastic bag cannot be opened without visible damage to the mailer bag.
- Perfect for packing and mailing merchandise. Can be used as t-shirt bags and for packaging clothes, shirt, and other small clothing.
- Set of 4” X 6” Resealable Polypropylene Cello Style Bags.
- Designed to fit 4 X 6 photographs, prints, A1 cards & envelopes.
- Easy Peel & Seal: Simply peel to expose the adhesive, and the plastic cello bags will be self sealable within seconds.
- Allows for easy access to the bags’ contents and are perfect for direct mail & packaging flyers, announcement invitations and postcards.
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Moving day doesn’t have to be stressful. As long as you know what items to have on the big day, the process will be smooth.
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