Which packing materials and supplies to grab

Which packing materials and supplies to grabHave you decided to move somewhere across the ocean? That’s a really great choice, but before you begin your relocation, there are some things that you should know when it comes to international relocation. To begin with, international relocation is a bit more complicated and demanding than interstate relocation, as you would expect. It needs to be thoroughly planned and organized, and you always need to be one step ahead. This is because you need to be prepared and always have a plan B, in case of any issues along the way. The packing process is also a bit more demanding than you would expect – this is because your clothes and furniture need to be safe and protected while they’re being transported, usually by air or ocean freight. That’s why it is a good idea to invest in a bit of extra packing materials and supplies. Now, you may be wondering which packing supplies you would need for your packing process. In this blog, we will list and further discuss what are some of the best packing materials and supplies you should get, as well as how to properly use them in order to safely pack your

things. If you’re interested in learning more about packing supplies, please continue reading!

First of all, let’s go over some of the most basic packing supplies you will need for a successful packing process:

– Moving boxes of various shapes and sizes to accommodate specific items

  • Small boxes
  • Medium boxes
  • Large boxes
  • Extra large boxes
  • Divided boxes
  • Plastic bins, or any other item that you could repurpose for storage

– Tape

  • Duct tape and/or strapping tape
  • Masking tape that you could use for labeling your boxes
  • Shipping tape
  • Tape dispenser
  • Optional: painter’s tape

– Hand trucks and/or dollies

– Box cutters

– Scissors

– Protective gloves for your hands

– Sharpies and/or permanent markers for labeling your boxes

– Packing material

  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam peanuts
  • Packing paper
  • Old linens that you can repurpose and stuff your boxes with

– Colored markers or colored stickers for color-coding

– Felt pads for protecting your floor while moving furniture

– Old blankets that you can repurpose to protect furniture, TVs, other

– Twine, rope, tie downs or bungee ropes that will protect your furniture and boxes from moving

– Some basic cleaning supplies

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels


Before you go to the store and purchase anything from this list, you need to figure out exactly which packing materials you will need for your packing process. Of course, you probably won’t purchase every single item that’s on this list. See how much furniture and other things you have that need to be packed. This will help you determine how many moving boxes you’ll need, as well as which sizes you should get. It’s a good idea to grab a few more moving boxes, just in case you have some leftover things that also need to be packed. When it comes to packing materials, such as bubble wrap or foam peanuts, these is no exact way of telling how much you will need. The best advice that we could give you is to ask someone at the store to tell you approximately how much you’re going to need according to the number of moving boxes you’re getting. Remember, all of your moving boxes need to be tightly stuffed with packing material in order to prevent breaking or damage. When it comes to cleaning supplies, it is totally up to how much of these you will get. Perhaps, you have all the cleaning supplies that you need at home already. If you don’t want to spend too much money, consider using some old things you already have lying around the home. For example, old linens and sheets are a great way to protect your furniture while packing and doing other things. Also, you can protect your floor by simply covering it with some old towels or sheets. Instead of buying new protective gloves, simply use a few pairs of old hand gloves you already have at home. If you want to color code all of your boxes, simply use old colored pencils, or highlighters, instead of buying new ones at the store. Color coding is a great way of making sure you know exactly which items are in which box. Also, labeling is another great way of knowing which box has what. This will help save you a bunch of time after you have settled into your new home and began unpacking.

PRO TIP: Hire a professional packing crew!

Are you still uncertain about how to properly pack your stuff and which packing supplies to get? Hire My International Movers and you won’t have to worry about any segment of your relocation! Our professional packing crew will make sure that everything is packed safely and that it stays protected from water, pests and other potential hazards during transportation. We will also provide all of the necessary packing materials and supplies! For more information on our moving services, please do not hesitate to contact our representative team. We will be at your disposal at any time of the day. Are you interested in additional moving services? Here is a short overview of some of the most basic moving services we provide:

  • Air and ocean freight
  • Residential and corporate relocation to and from anywhere in the world
  • Budget relocation plans
  • Car shipping services to and from anywhere in the world
  • Free moving estimates: full estimate, quick estimate, auto estimate


Schedule your relocation with My International Movers and you will get the best international moving estimates in the US, along with professional moving services at affordable price points. Our moving crew consists of experienced, professional movers, who will make sure that your relocation goes as smooth as possible. Contact us right away in order to get the best relocation date available!