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Packing

Like moving box tape… I mean, who would think that the tape you use for moving boxes would matter?

Well, it does, and I’ll tell you why: if you use the wrong tape, your boxes might leak, open, or simply fall apart, whether in the moving truck or on your foot.

So, what is the best moving box tape to use then?

Shipping tape is a thin-but-sturdy tape that is either clear or brown. It is cheap, easy to use, and strong enough to seal boxes. It is also water-resistant and very sticky. It is your BEST option for the average moving box.  

Masking tape is a light brown tape that has the feel of paper. It is very easy to rip and wet. It is also very easy to use – though sticky, it is easy to peel and place, and it can be written on. Due to its weakness, masking tape is better for labeling boxes, not sealing them. 

Filament tape – This tape is similar to shipping tape, except is it reinforced with an inner, plastic lining, making it very difficult to rip and cut. Like duct tape, it is good for heavy boxes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new residence or simply shipping something, you’ll probably end up buying bubble wrap at some point. There are a wide range of bubble wrap sizes and grades available, each suited for different tasks. But what size and grade are suited for your specific needs?

Discover the different sizes, grades, and their unique protective qualities, and consult our bubble wrap size chart to determine which ones are the right types of bubble wrap to use when moving or shipping certain items.

General Bubble Wrap – The most common option is the general or multi-purpose bubble wrap. This is made with a medium weight plastic that is strong enough to stand up to most typical shipping accidents. The vast majority of items can be protected from minor issues by using this type of wrap.

Anti-Static Bubble Wrap – Anti-static bubble wrap is made to protect electronic items and is available in any grade. This option should be used when wrapping things like cell phones, computers, or televisions.