Boxes and bags are essential for moving – whether you’re using plastic or cardboard boxes, suitcases, or sturdy garbage bags, you’ll need to estimate how many you need and get a few extra. Boxes are the best way to pack things safely, especially when they are going in a large moving truck. You’ll also need newspapers, paper, packing foam and/or bubble wrap, as well as tape, a marker pen and if you can get them, stickers to mark your boxes.
Buying boxes and containers from hardware stores or supermarkets is a good way to get sturdy, reusable containers for your new house, but it may not prove to be cost effective if you’ve got lots of belongings. Apache Moving & Storage offers very affordably priced moving supplies in the Austin, Texas area.
You can also get free boxes from supermarkets, and sometimes from a recycling center or Craigslist – but when you're short on time, this may not be practical. Packing clothes into suitcases or bags means that they are easy to transport, and easy to fit into spare spaces in your transport, but you need to make sure that the bags or cases are sturdy enough to contain your belongings well.
Cheap bags are no good if you need to use two of them or they burst when you pick them up. Snagging risks are also something you’ll have to consider, as anything sharp might cause tears in your bags. Containers should all be stackable to get the most use while moving – or should be placed in front of your boxes so that your space is maximized whilst the move is in progress.