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Packing Paper for Moving

February 22nd, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Using packing paper for a residential move

When scanning any list of packing essentials, you’ll likely see packing paper at the top of the list. That’s because paper is versatile — you can use it in a variety of ways, from wrapping dishes and knick-knacks to padding boxes. Let’s take a closer look at what packing paper is, how much is needed, the advantages of using it, and how to use it.

An overhead shot of a brown cardboard moving box stuffed with brown packing paper

How much do you need?

No two moves are the same, but in general, you want to have plenty of packing paper on hand. To help you prepare, the U-Pack Box Store offers professional-grade, unprinted paper. There are four different selections available:

  • 10 pounds of packing paper — includes approximately 200 sheets. Would be ideal for a studio apartment or one-bedroom move.
  • 25 pounds of packing paper — includes around 500 sheets. Great for a multiple room home, or for anyone with a china collection to protect.
  • 50 pounds of packing paper — includes about 1,000 sheets. The perfect bundle for larger homes or those with collections to wrap.
  • 100 pounds of packing paper — includes roughly 2,000 sheets. This pack is great for six-plus bedroom homes or anyone with lots of small items to pack.

Why choose packing paper?

You might have saved up a bunch of newspapers to use for packing and wrapping in anticipation of your move. However, the black ink used for newsprint can rub off onto your things. And while the ink isn’t harmful, it can get messy, and you may have to wash or clean those items after the move. Adding that extra step can be a hassle when you’re in the middle of unpacking, so it’s best to not use newspapers at all.

Here are some other advantages to using packing paper instead of newspaper:

The sheets are the perfect size. Packing paper sheets measure 24” x 36” each, which is large enough to cover most items.

Packing paper protects items. It’s acid- and ink-free.

Packing paper sheets are stronger. We recommend using the paper as a cushion in the bottom of the moving box and as filler in partially-full boxes. Newspaper will crumble too tightly and not provide the support that packing paper can.

Packing paper holds its shape. This is helpful because when wrapping items, you won’t always have to use tape to secure it. Once you make a crease around an object, it normally stays put, making packing simple.

Best ways to use packing paper

Now that you know the advantages, let’s take a look at the best ways to use packing paper during and after your move.

  • Use it to wrap fragile items. Packing paper is most commonly used to wrap or protect items you don’t want to be damaged. Small things like pieces of china or crystal can be packaged using a single sheet like you’re wrapping a gift. Wrap larger or more fragile things with two layers to provide a little more protection.
  • Use it as padding at the bottom of the box. Packing paper isn’t just for wrapping your things. You can crumble it up and add a little extra cushion at the base of the box to help prevent damage.
  • Use it to fill unused space in the box. If you don’t fill the box all the way, use packing paper to fill up any remaining space in the box. This helps ensure items in the box are snug and won’t shift or slip while in transit.
  • Recycle it when you finish! Yes, packing paper is recyclable, so once you get unpacked, you can recycle used packing paper (and other used and unwanted moving materials). Recycling center requirements vary, so make sure to check with them in advance for the safest and most efficient way to dispose of your materials.


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