Guide to Self Storage Packing Supplies

The secret to a stress-free move into a storage unit is starting prepared with the right packing supplies to protect your belongings and valuables. Access Self Storage has many packing supplies to help you with your move. Here’s a look at some of the supplies you may need, as well as the quantity you should get based on what you’re storing.

Important Packing Supplies

The following are packing supplies you may need for your move into self storage.

Moving BoxesSelf Storage Units Omaha

You will need moving boxes in a variety of sizes. Make sure you get brand-new, sturdy boxes, as used boxes can contaminate your belongings. Used boxes tend to be flimsy and may break as well, and they are usually in odd sizes that make it harder to efficiently pack a storage unit. Boxes that have previously held food may have larvae or other damage.

Bubble Wrap and Shrink Wrap

Use bubble wrap to protect fragile items like vases and televisions. Shrink wrap can be used for mirrors as well as furniture to prevent scuffs. The large commercial rolls can hold small stacks of boxes together, making move in faster and keeping them from getting misplaced in the shuffle.

Packing Paper and Foam Peanuts

Packing paper is made from recycled newspaper to protect surfaces from chips and scratches. You can use the paper to wrap items that will go into boxes. Foam peanuts can also protect items in boxes and prevent shifting that could damage fragile items.  Biodegradable peanuts, made from corn starch, dissolve in water and are a great choice.  Some states only allow this type to be sold.

Mattress Covers

A mattress cover will protect the value of your mattress by keeping out dirt and pests while in storage. If you are concerned about bedbugs, look for that labeling especially.

Furniture Covers

A furniture cover will allow the material in your furniture to breathe to avoid mold or mildew while protecting your furniture from dust and pests.

Specialized Boxes

Specialized boxes like dish packing kits, help you pack many dishes quickly and have extra support for fragile stemware and china. Wardrobe boxes, which allow you to store clothing on a hanger, can save a fortune in later dry cleaning.


Don’t forget the tape! When in doubt, buy more than you think you need. Tape all seams and reinforce the bottoms of boxes that will hold heavy items.


Indelible markers are your best friend in a move.  Label your boxes with as much information about the contents as you can fit on the box – you won’t remember what’s in there.  If you’re storing items for later move, it helps to use a “1 of” numbering system – 1 of 20, 2 of 20 – so you know how many you are looking for and whether you have them all.

What Do You Need?

Not sure how many boxes or rolls of tape you will need? Here’s a guide.

Condo or Apartment

  • 4 very large boxes
  • 4 large boxes
  • 6 medium-sized boxes
  • 6 small boxes
  • 2 rolls of tape
  • 1 large roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 package of packing paper

One Bedroom House

  • 6 very large boxes
  • 6 large boxes
  • 8 medium boxes
  • 10 small boxes
  • 4 rolls of tape
  • 1 large roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 package of packing paper

Two Bedroom Home

  • 10 very large boxes
  • 10 large boxes
  • 12 medium-sized boxes
  • 16 small boxes
  • 6 rolls of tape
  • 2 rolls of bubble wrap
  • 2 packages of packing tape

Three Bedroom Home

  • 16 very large boxes
  • 16 large boxes
  • 18 medium-sized boxes
  • 20 small boxes
  • 6 rolls of tape
  • 2 rolls of bubble wrap
  • 2 packages of packing paper

Good luck!

Top 5 Storage Mistakes

storage units in omaha neAll About Storage has been a leading industry expert many years. As I’m sure you can imagine, we have plenty of dos and don’ts collected from the travails of customers throughout our working history. A poll of our employees has yielded our list of the Top 5 Storage Mistakes NOT to make:

  • Failing to insure your items – as stated in a previous blog, the storage center is not responsible for losses of any kind and does not insure your items. Check with your insurance agent to see if your homeowner or renter’s policy covers items placed in storage. If not, there is low cost insurance available at our storage centers. Insurance on items is a requirement for renting a storage unit. If it’s worth insuring, it’s worth storing!
  • Using newspaper to wrap items – the ink on newspaper can smudge and bleed causing unnecessary work by making the items dirty. You cleaned them before you put the in storage. Why clean them again when they come out? It is also possible that newspaper can damage certain items. Use ink-free wrapping paper which can be purchased at any of our storage centers.
  • Storing food – this may seem as stating the obvious, but it does bear repeating: do NOT store food, of any kind, in any container. It’s simple: food will attract pests.
  • Not having enough time or help – moving is extremely stressful and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. It is essential to make sure you have enough time and help to complete your move. There is nothing worse than having closing time looming and you’re only halfway done. Rushing to pack a storage unit tends to leave things unorganized and could cause damage. And not having enough help could cause damage to your body! Make sure you are lifting correctly! Check with your storage center to see if they offer a move in truck.
  • Not labelling boxes – there is nothing more frustrating than looking for something and having to go through boxes that are not labelled. For your own piece of mind, label the boxes with a number and the general contents. Keep a detailed list for each box. That way, when you are looking for something you simply refer to the list. Our storage centers maintain a supply of boxes and packing materials for purchase.

All About Storage strives to make your experience as stress-free as possible. Avoiding these storage mistakes is one way that helps.