Materials You Will Need for Packing
Wrapping Paper: You're going to need plenty of wrapping paper. Many people save and use their old newspapers. Keep in mind, however, that the ink on newsprint never thoroughly dries. Consequently, the goods you wrap in newspapers are most likely going to be soiled and will require cleaning after unpacking, and before you put them away. For items you prefer to keep clean it would be best to purchase some packing paper from your mover.
Cartons: You'll need many boxes in assorted sizes. All boxes should be in good condition, and must have covers on them in order that they can be closed-up and sealed.
You can purchase cartons from your mover, if you wish. It must be pointed out, however, that all paper products are expensive these days, and specially designed movers cartons are no exceptions. With the huge investment movers have in cartons, they cannot afford to give them away. Further, you will find that if you are moving out of state the prices of various sized movers cartons are fixed by I.C.C. ttariffs, and your mover is not allowed to alter his/her prices.
You might also start collecting cartons from your local grocery and liquor stores. All too often grocery store cartons have the tops removed, but if you have a talk with the store manager he/she would probably be willing to save you some cartons with the covers still intact. Liquor cartons are excellent packing cartons. They are sturdy and contain dividers which make them ideal for packing glasses, goblets, cases, etc.
Sealing Tape: the best tape for this purpose is macing tape, Your rolls of tape should be at least 1.5 to 2 inches wide.
Magic Marker: This is for marketing your packed boxes with such information as the contents of the box. "FRAGILE" "THIS SIDE UP", etc.
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