• April 27, 2020
  • Bill Chen

Last updated on October 30, 2023

Ok, so you’re moving soon and you’ve gone out and bought a ton of boxes, so you’re all set, right? Well, not quite yet. You still need a few other things to get it all ready. If you find good, cheap removalists in Sydney, they can help provide some of these things. But don’t worry, if you’re using removalists or not, we’ve got you covered with this helpful list. 

Packing materials that you will need when planning for a move


It’s a little-known secret that before bubble wrap was used as a stress-release object, it was originally designed to prevent shock damage from affecting items whilst in transit. This is perfect for wrapping fragile items like your finest china set or furniture pieces likely to get scratched or dented en route. We recommend a liberal attitude to the use of bubble wrap, as sometimes if you’re too stingy with usage, your item may lack that all-important extra layer of protection. 

Packing Paper

Usually coming in a brown colour, this paper is a very cheap, pretty good way to wrap up some items that may not justify the full-blown expense of bubble wrap but still need to have a layer of protection around them. It also works well as an empty space filler in boxes so your things don’t bash and crash and rattle around in the back of the truck. Of course, hiring a professional to move your furniture will also help with this, but again, better to use this liberally in the boxes that you have packed. 

Moving Plastic Wrap

This basically works as a giant-sized cling wrap. Use it for wrapping around boxes or furniture/ appliances you don’t want to get wet or want to give that extra layer of protection from dirt, dust or mould. As it’s versatile and flexible, you can wrap it around items of all kinds of shapes and sizes too.

Packing materials

Packing Labels

If you want to stay calm and sane after your move is done, well get labelling now. The packing process will take longer, but the unpacking will be far quicker and far far more straightforward. It might make us seem like pedantic sticklers, but trust us, you need to do this. Plus, it makes it easier for the expert inner west removals to know what room to take your boxes and items to! For example, if you use plastic wrap on the mattress to go in the 3rd bedroom, then add a label and mark “3rd Bedroom” and it will be taken straight there. 

Packing Tape/ Tape Gun

This is irrefutably the most important packing material of all. How are you going to close up all those boxes? You need tape, furthermore, you need a tape gun. The tape gun is the best and easiest way to get the tape onto the boxes cleanly, in a straight line, and cut it from the rest of the reel of tape. If you’re like me, you will want to go for brightly coloured packing tape, but whatever you do, make sure it’s strong tape. This is one of those situations where duct tape truly does solve everything. 

And there’s our list. Remember, you still need boxes on top of this, and if you want to know what types of boxes to go for you can check out this blog from February. The aim of the game when packaging is the most space economic, safest, and easiest way to get your stuff from house A to house B without any issues. If you want to use more than what’s on our list, by all means, however, this list should act as your core packing materials. Happy moving!

Bill Chen

About The Author

Bill Chen

Before 2008, Bill was working with a local removalist company in Sydney and was witness for a number of deformities and wrongs in the working of the company. Observing the atmosphere, a thought came to Bill’s mind that he could do much better if he were the owner of the company, by offering a fully transparent service to the clients with a friendly and trustworthy staff and no hidden fee structure; and thus, in 2008, AAA Bill Removalists Sydney was formed with just one truck and only Bill as staff. Even if Bill Chen began the company as just one man, the company grew fast. The operation expanded beyond the Sydney suburbs and to the surrounding cities: Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other.

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