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Moving Supplies

Choosing the Right Moving Supplies

Packing your belongings properly is of critical importance during local, interstate or international relocations. A well-organized packing process will help ensure your move goes smoothly and your items stay safe throughout the process. Of course, packing starts with finding the right moving supplies. 

The first step in gathering packing supplies for moving is to take a complete inventory of your belongings. Once you know what you have to move, you’ll be able to calculate the right quantity of boxes, tape and bubble wrap for your needs. North American Van Lines offersall of the supplies needed for moving. We provide high-quality supplies and services that will make moving a breeze. 

As you begin choosing moving supplies, you'll inevitably discover some items that can’t be packed in standard boxes. We offer specialty moving supplies and services to make sure nothing gets left behind.

Here’s a simple plan to help make the planning and packing process easier:

Establish a Moving Budget

Before ordering moving supplies, you'll want to consider your budget. After accounting for moving trucks or rental vans, storage and other moving-related costs, how much money will you be able to invest in moving supplies? If you have a smaller budget, you may want to focus on getting the essentials and leave specialized boxes for last. 

Take Inventory

Next, take inventory of your items. A checklist can help you determine what packing supplies you need. To simplify the process, consider taking inventory room by room. This is also a great way to clear up some clutter. As you discover forgotten, unused or unwanted items, set them aside for sale, donation or disposal. Good news – you don’t have to pack those!

Create a Packing Strategy

If you don't start the packing process with a plan, you'll get overwhelmed – fast. To help yourself stay organized, start early and create a detailed timeline of what needs to get done. Think about what can be packed now and what you’ll need up until moving day.

Order Moving Supplies

Now that you have a complete inventory of your belongings, it’s time to order the correct packing supplies for moving. Go through your inventory and assess how many boxes you’ll need for each room, with tape and filler materials to match. Use northAmerican’s easy packing calculator to help. Order packing supplies as soon as possible to ensure you have enough leeway to hit your deadlines.

Start Packing

This is where the fun begins! Once you have everything you need, it's time to get to work. While you pack your belongings, give extra care to fragile items that might break in transit. If you need additional assistance, reach out to our team! We're happy to help assist you during the packing process and beyond. 

Pack securely to prevent damage or breakage during transportation. Using the appropriate moving supplies and following our expert packing tips will ensure your belongings receive the support and protection they need.

Moving Supplies List

When gathering packing supplies for moving, it's always best to be over-prepared. Aside from moving boxes and cartons, northAmerican offers specialty moving supplies that can protect unique, fragile items. We offer wardrobe cartons (imagine a portable closet), mirror and mattress boxes, and specially divided cartons to keep dishware, china and glassware secure. In addition, we craft custom wooden crates for large or fragile belongings such as artwork, statues, chandeliers and antiques.

Use this checklist to ensure you have everything you need to start packing:

Personal Moving Supplies

  • Boxes 
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper
  • Dish packs
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bubble cushioning
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plastic stretch wrap

Moving Equipment and Tools

  • Box cutters
  • Labels
  • Markers
  • Toolset
  • Furniture sliders 
  • Moving blankets and pads
  • Furniture dolly
  • Lifting straps 

Moving Supplies FAQ

What are the basic supplies needed for moving?

Every household or commercial move needs boxes, packing paper, tape and labels. With these four items, you can easily pack your rooms and keep your belongings safe during transit. 

Do I need to order specialty supplies for moving?

Whether you need specialty moving supplies depends on what you have to move. A wardrobe carton, mattress or mirror box, or custom crate will provide peace of mind throughout the moving process.

Invest in High-Quality Packing Supplies for Moving 

North American Van Lines offers high-quality moving supplies to help you get the job done right. We also offer moving kits – a great way to ensure you have everything you need to start packing without buying each item individually. These kits are filled with packing supplies you'll be glad to have on hand, including dish packs, wardrobe cartons, mattress boxes and more. 

Contact us today to learn more.