It doesn’t matter whether your moving into a another home or storage you still have to pack your belongings so they are not damaged. If you look in advance you may be able to find some deals of the supplies you’ll need before getting started!
What you’ll need:
Boxes: Yes, I know this sounds like a no brainer but when your in a rush it might seem appealing to throwing everything into a bag of some sort. The risk you’ll be taking is possibly breaking all your prized possessions, I highly doubt this is your goal. The saying goes you get what you pay for so you may want to send the extra time finding or spend a few extra dollars getting quality moving boxes if your packing yourself. It’s important that you also get a wide variety of box sizes, remember the golden rule: the heavier the item the smaller the box. It’s also important to pack the entire box whether it’s with items (make sure the box is still safe to lift) or packing paper/peanuts. If there is open space the box has a risk of crumbling under pressure from stacking other boxes on top of it, you want the weight to be distributed evenly.
Packing Paper, peanuts or bubble wrap: These materials are important as I said before to keep the integrity of the box intact under pressure. It’s also important for keeping your possessions safe during storage or transport. It provides cushion to your belongings and decreases the risk of them sliding around in the box. This decreases your likelihood of scraps, scratches and scuffs during your moving process. When in doubt make sure to over protect especially if your packing on your own instead of using your moving company packing services. If the belongings you’ve packed get damaged during the move your moving company is not responsible for the damages so don’t slack in your packing protection!
Tape: You can never have enough tape when packing, I’d suggest buying more than you need because the worst case scenario is you need to return the extra! This way you won’t have to stop in the middle of packing to run back to the store for more! It’s important that boxes are taped not simply folded. This runs the risk again of having the box flaps fail and your items break from taking a fall to the ground. I’d recommend getting a tape with a 2 inch width or greater this way you know the tops are secure.
If your going into storage you’ll want to this about getting shelves and a storage lock. Many facilities do not provide these for you or charge extra for their use. The advantage of having shelves within your storage unit is having an organized unit and less stress on your boxes from being stacked high. You can even label the boxes on the shelves this way if you need to remove an item later it’s a breeze. When buying a storage lock I’d recommend not skimping. Stainless steel disc locks may be a couple dollars more but they hold up against weather and thieves. If your using your moving company's storage services make sure to ask how they protect your belongings!