Moving essentials: The packaging materials you need

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Welcome to the wonderful world of packing and unpacking. It's a rite of passage for everyone, and it's definitely not an easy task. But not to worry, we're here to help. With the right tools and guidance, packing up your belongings for self storage can be a breeze. Below, we outline specific packaging materials you'll be glad to have on hand as you pack up your household or business belongings. And remember - when in doubt, give us a call. We're always ready to help, whether it be packing up or moving in.


Make sure to invest in high-quality boxes. These boxes will be holding your belongings for an extended period, so you'll want to make sure they're up for the task. Cheap or old boxes are more likely to break down and collapse, which could damage your belongings and make stacking a nightmare.

Remember to stick to small or medium boxes for heavier items, such as books, archived documents and appliances, and large boxes for lighter items, such as bedding, pillows or marketing props.


Cheaper tape may seem like a no-brainer to save money, but they are more likely to tear and come undone, which means your boxes may come open during the move, and your stuff will end up scattered. Not only is this a pain to deal with, but it can also cause damage to your belongings. Our quality tape selection includes clear/brown box tape, ECO paper tape, fragile tape and even a handy tape gun with one roll of tape for quick and easy use.

Furniture covers

Investing in furniture covers is a great way to keep your items clean and free of dust while they're in storage for the short or long term. Our stocked box shop offers general dust covers for various furniture items, individual chair covers, and mattress covers. Please ensure that you clean all furniture items of dirt, moisture and food debris before wrapping and placing them in storage to keep pests and mildew at bay.

Bubble wrap, pallet wrap and tissue paper

When it comes time to protect your delicate or fragile pieces, there is no substitute for quality wrapping! When packing for self storage, be sure to wrap your delicate items with bubble and pallet wrap to keep them safe from bumps, scrapes and chipping. Additionally, tissue paper is perfect for placing between embellished items, such as t-shirts and jumpers, to prevent snagging.


While StorageWise boasts top-quality security measures, a padlock provides an extra layer of security, giving you peace of mind while storing your belongings. A flimsy or poorly-made padlock is an invitation for theft, so it's worth spending a little extra to get a reliable and sturdy one. Look for a padlock made from hardened steel, and make sure that the shackle is at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

Well, there you have it - the essential packing materials for self-storage. When you are ready to pack up your belongings and store them away, be sure to call StorageWise for all of your packaging needs. We have everything you need in our well-stocked box shop  to make the process quick and easy, so you can focus on what’s really important - getting your life organised!

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