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Guide to Self-Storage Packing Supplies

Triple AAA Self Storage has packing supplies to help you with your move. Here’s a look at some of the supplies you may need, as well as the quantity you should get based on what you’re storing.

Moving Boxes

You will need moving boxes in a variety of sizes. Make sure you get brand-new, sturdy boxes, as used boxes can contaminate your belongings. Used boxes tend to be flimsy and may break as well, and they are usually in odd sizes that make it harder to efficiently pack a storage unit. Boxes that have previously held food may have larvae or other damage.

Bubble Wrap and Shrink Wrap

Use bubble wrap to protect fragile items like vases and televisions. Shrink wrap can be used for mirrors as well as furniture to prevent scuffs. The large commercial rolls can hold small stacks of boxes together, making move in faster and keeping them from getting misplaced in the shuffle.

Packing Paper 

Packing paper is made from recycled newspaper to protect surfaces from chips and scratches. You can use the paper to wrap items that will go into boxes.

Mattress Covers

A mattress cover will protect the value of your mattress by keeping out dirt and pests while in storage. If you are concerned about bedbugs, look for that labeling especially.

 Furniture Covers

A furniture cover will allow the material in your furniture to breathe to avoid mold or mildew while protecting your furniture from dust and pests.

Tape

Don’t forget the tape! When in doubt, buy more than you think you need. Tape all seams and reinforce the bottoms of boxes that will hold heavy items.

Markers

Label your boxes with as much information about the contents as you can fit on the box.  Markers are your best friend in a move.

What Do You Need?

Not sure how many boxes or rolls of tape you will need? Here’s a guide.

Condo or Apartment

  • 8 large boxes
  • 6 medium-sized boxes
  • 6 small boxes
  • 2 rolls of tape
  • 1 large roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 package of packing paper

One Bedroom House

  • 12 large boxes
  • 8 medium boxes
  • 10 small boxes
  • 4 rolls of tape
  • 1 large roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 package of packing paper

Two Bedroom Home

  • 20 large boxes
  • 12 medium-sized boxes
  • 16 small boxes
  • 6 rolls of tape
  • 2 rolls of bubble wrap
  • 2 packages of packing tape

Three Bedroom Home

  • 32 large boxes
  • 18 medium-sized boxes
  • 20 small boxes
  • 6 rolls of tape
  • 2 rolls of bubble wrap
  • 2 packages of packing paper