The Tools and Supplies You Require for a Successful Move, and How to Use Them

If you’re in a transition and have enlisted the convenience of a self storage unit for your moving project, then we know how much can be involved in a project like this. There are many arrangements that need to be made and a tonne of organizing, packing, wrapping, and moving to be done.

Like almost any task, you can only be as successful as your tools in your belt. Imagine being a writer using a typewriter instead of a laptop: either your product is going to suffer in its quality (because editing is not exactly an easy thing to do on a typewriter), or (if you insist on accomplishing the proper editing) you are unlikely to meet deadlines with the large amount of added labour required to edit on a typewriter. For sure, having the right tool (a laptop) makes a dramatic difference for the writer.

The same of course goes for your move into self storage. At Access Storage we stock tools and supplies of every kind to aid in your projects, and here, we dig deep into what tools are best for certain tasks, and explain how best to use those tools.

Understanding the basics

The first thing you should be doing is making sure you have the appropriate tools for your job. Here, we list all of the tools that typically make every type of move an easier one:

-Packing tape,

-Moving pads,

-Various sized boxes,

-Packing paper and bubble wrap,

-Permanent markers,

-Mattress and box spring covers, and

-4-wheel dollies

The above are typically required for any type of moving job, but before you run out to grab them all, let us give you the rundown on how to use the above necessities in the most advantageous ways possible.

Packing tape

This should be an obvious one, as tape is going to keep your boxes sealed and keep your moving pads secure to your furniture. But it is important to note that packing tape is made for packing: avoid using other forms of tape (i.e., scotch, masking, duct, electrical, etc.) for closing boxes and wrapping furniture. Other tapes may not stick properly, tear easily, or will not allow you to write labels (or will wipe labels off) easily. Packing tape is made wider than most other tapes.

Moving pads

Proper moving pads are usually blue, but could come in various colours. These are optimal for moving, as they are thick and durable. If purchasing/renting pads is beyond your budget, then old blankets and linens can do the job reasonably well (as long as they are fairly thick).

Official moving pads will have a darker blue side, and the darker side should always be put on the exterior of the item being wrapped. The point here is to ensure that the inside, lighter blue section of the pad remains clean, as it touches your item underneath.

Moving pads (and other blankets/linens) can serve to be wedged in between items in the load of your truck or storage unit as well. The tighter things are kept in the truck or in your storage unit, the less likely they are to move or shift.


Boxes are one of the most important supplies you will require for moving. Be sure to acquire various sized boxes for various items. Smaller boxes should be used for heavier items, and larger boxes for lighter items. Using boxes the other way round will have you struggling to move the large boxes, as they will be incredibly heavy. These boxes will also run the risk of collapsing under the incredible weight inside them.

Be sure, as well, to purchase boxes from one supplier only. If you go to a number of suppliers, the boxes you will be using will not stack together as easily. When they are purchased from one supplier, the base of the boxes will remain the same – only their height will change to allow for more space inside.

Special boxes are designed specifically for items like hanging clothes (wardrobe boxes) and paintings and mirrors (picture boxes). If you are moving items like these, then it is best to purchase the proper boxes made specifically for them.

Packing paper and bubble wrap

When it comes to wrapping your small items, we will (almost) always say that paper is best. Bubble wrap can be good for very specific items (like glassware), but most will be fine with paper (glassware included). Bubble wrap, being plastic, can trap humidity, resulting in condensation, and eventually mould growth, so use it sparingly. Paper is far more versatile, and usually a better match.

When we say “wrapping paper” though, we do not mean newsprint. While newsprint is an economical choice, the ink on newsprint can run or rub off quite easily, staining the contents wrapped within. Stay away from newsprint, unless you want to utilize it as crushed paper in between items that are already wrapped with clean paper.

Permanent markers

Permanent markers are going to be your best friend – at the other end of the move. Every box and wrapped piece of furniture should also receive a label that designates both what it is and where it is from (or where it is to go). Labels should be short and clear: “Glassware from the Dining Room,” “Contents of desk from the Office,” “Her clothes – Master Bedroom.” When it comes time to empty the contents of your storage unit into their final destination (often months later), these labels will be the map to an easier day.

Mattress and box spring covers

As we mentioned above, you usually want to stay away from plastics for protecting your belongings, as plastic can be ground for condensation, and, subsequently growth. There are some exceptions to this, and when it comes to mattresses and box springs, we’ve definitely found one.

Covering your mattress and box spring in a cover is very important for keeping them clean of dirt and dust. Leaving them exposed is a certain recipe for a mattress or box spring you will not want to sleep on again!

Finding a sheet of paper large enough to cover a mattress is unlikely, and it is also unlikely that sheet of paper won’t rip. You can try a moving pad, but plastic covers are cheaper, and you’ll probably need at least three moving pads to cover the mattress. Instead, mattress covers are designed to protect mattresses specifically, and come in sizes just as your bed does: single, double/twin, queen, and king sizes.

4-Wheel dolly

4-wheel dollies that are covered by a carpeted surface are quite easily the best tool you can use for moving. They allow you to roll a sofa or fridge to their destination rather than have to carry it. They allow you to stack several boxes, making trips less frequent.

All of these tools and supplies are indispensable for almost any moving job. Additional tools can be appropriate for specific jobs, such as a fridge cart (a dolly made specifically to move fridges up staircases), piano skids, and ropes (for hoisting projects). Please speak with your Access Storage adviser for more information on specialty tools or on any of the self storage moving tools and supplies discussed above.