Did you recently rent your first self-storage unit? If this type of rental is a new experience for you, take a look at the top packing materials questions answered.

What Packing Materials Do You Need for Storage?

The specific materials you need depends on what you want to pack. Furniture, books, and breakables all require different types of protection or containers for storage.

Even though you need to match the packing materials with your for-storage pick, general supplies you're likely to need include:

  • Cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are easy to use, hold a variety of items, and are often free. Reuse old appliance, electronics, or larger-sized boxes, ask friends if they have leftovers you can use, or ask a local grocery or retail store.
  • Tape. You need something to seal your cardboard boxes. Packing tape is an inexpensive and easy to use option.
  • Plastic bins. Even though these containers aren't free, they're worth the price you'll pay. The sturdy or heavy-duty plastic will protect your for-storage items. An air-tight lid can keep dust, debris, and pests out.
  • Bubble wrap. This packing material will keep breakables and other delicate items safe in storage.
  • Towels or linens. If you don't want to pay for bubble wrap, towels or linens provide a protective cushion.
  • Labels. Whether you buy individual labels or use masking tape, you need a way to identify containers in storage. You'll also need a permanent marker to complete the labels.
  • Bags. If boxes and bins don't work for your for-storage items, bags may help. Garbage bags, totes, suitcases, and other similar options are ideal alternatives to store clothing, linens, or soft toys.
  • Moving quilts. These padded quilts provide plenty of protection for furniture and other larger items.

Now that you know what packing materials you need, it's time to take the next step — and learn how to use them.

How Should You Use Packing Materials for Storage?

The answer to this question varies by the type of material and what you need to store. As you progress through the packing process, consider:

  • The size of the item. Larger items may not fit into boxes or bins (you may need a bag or quilt). But smaller selections, such as home décor items or toys, are possible options for these types of containers.
  • The weight of the item. Heavier items require a durable plastic bin or a similar type of storage option.
  • The risk of damage. Breakables and other fragile items require bubble wrap or a similar cushion.

After you choose a container and type of protective supply (if needed), carefully transport everything to the self-storage facility. With your belongings properly packed, you're ready to store the selections for weeks, months, or even years.

For more information, reach out to a self-storage facility near you.