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Guide to Self Storage Packing Supplies

The secret to a stress-free move into a storage unit is starting prepared with the right packing supplies to protect your belongings and valuables. Access Self Storage has many 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.

Important Packing Supplies

The following are packing supplies you may need for your move into self storage.


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 and Foam Peanuts

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. Foam peanuts can also protect items in boxes and prevent shifting that could damage fragile items.  Biodegradable peanuts, made from corn starch, dissolve in water and are a great choice.  Some states only allow this type to be sold.


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.


Specialized Boxes

Specialized boxes like dish packing kits, help you pack many dishes quickly and have extra support for fragile stemware and china. Wardrobe boxes, which allow you to store clothing on a hanger, can save a fortune in later dry cleaning.



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.



Indelible markers are your best friend in a move.  Label your boxes with as much information about the contents as you can fit on the box – you won’t remember what’s in there.  If you’re storing items for later move, it helps to use a “1 of” numbering system – 1 of 20, 2 of 20 – so you know how many you are looking for and whether you have them all.


What Do You Need?

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


Condo or Apartment

  • 4 very large boxes
  • 4 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

  • 6 very large boxes
  • 6 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

  • 10 very large boxes
  • 10 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

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

Good luck!