When it comes to knowing how to pack for a move there are some items that are no-brainers. Boxes? Check! Movers? Check! Moving van? Check! But what about packing materials? There are so many options out there, trying to choose the right ones can make your brain hurt. Check out our guide below on the best packing materials, when to use them and how to pack for a move with them.

Furniture Blankets

Nothing protects your furniture better. Wood furniture, in particular, is prone to be scratched or damaged in a move. Furniture blankets or pads are wrapped around your furniture to keep it from being damaged. Check out this how-to video if you are interested in DIY packing. And the good news: most moving and truck rental companies will offer furniture blanket rentals at very affordable rates.

Furniture Covers and Bags

Furniture covers and bags are generally plastic or cloth and protect your furniture from getting dirty or damaged during the move. These covers are great for:

  • Sofas and loveseats

  • Chairs

  • Mattresses

  • Appliances

Quality moving services will offer furniture covers for purchase when planning your move. These covers are inexpensive and you can keep them on hand in case you need to move again!

Packing Paper

When packing up your stuff in boxes, packing paper is an excellent choice for keeping your items secure. Packing paper is great for:

  • Dishes and china

  • Decorations and holiday items

  • Office supplies

  • Tools or other household items

Packing paper is awesome because it can be form fitted inside the box to provide a snug home for your valuables. You can also use newspaper, but the ink can transfer onto your items so blank paper is best. See this section to learn how to pack china for a move.

Bubble Wrap

For all your very fragile household items you will want to use bubble wrap. Bubble wrap will provide excellent protection for:

  • Lamps

  • Photos or framed pictures

  • Delicate figurines

  • Any other highly breakable items

Line your box with the bubble wrap, then securely wrap each item individually. All your valuables should arrive at your new house safe and sound. And like furniture covers, bubble wrap can be saved and reused later!

Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts, although not as tasty as real peanuts, are a great alternative for packing valuable items. Packing peanuts will fill every nook and cranny of your packing box, providing a secure place for your stuff. Packing peanuts are very lightweight, easy to use and are great for:

  • Electronics

  • Toys

  • Tools

  • Household supplies

In the past, packing peanuts were not eco-friendly but there are now biodegradable options available. You can even go one step further and recycle your peanuts when your move is done!


All of the items above will help keep your furniture and valuables safe during a move. But how can you keep your stuff secure while also being green

  • Rent furniture blankets during a move instead of buying, ensuring they will be reused many times.

  • Chose cloth furniture covers over plastic, or if you must buy plastic save the cover and reuse it.

  • Purchase your bubble wrap from an earth-friendly company like this, and make sure to save it and use it again later!

  • Buy biodegradable packing peanuts and save and reuse your peanuts if you can.

Here are some other ways to keep your move green.

Budget Friendly

Budget-friendly and eco-friendly can often go hand in hand. Some tips to save you some green:

  • Use your clothes (dirty socks excluded), towels, or linens to wrap your valuables or your furniture instead of buying blankets, paper, or bubble wrap. For even more cushion, use pillows!

  • Save your Christmas and birthday wrapping paper and use it as packing paper for your move.

  • Instead of using packing peanuts, shred old paper, newspapers, and junk mail and use as filler.

  • Use your dry goods from your pantry such as beans, lentils, and rice to fill up space in your packing boxes and provide a cushion.


Packing yourself will save your movers time (and therefore your money), but you must be sure to pack things as securely as possible. When you wrap items like furniture and fragile dishes yourself, you are taking responsibility for your items. Make sure you read up on how to pack for a move with tips like these!

Hopefully, this list has given you the knowledge to be truly awesome at knowing how to pack for a move and helps you to keep all your treasures safe and sound.

Are there any other tips and tricks you’ve heard about packing materials?