In our experience, the best rates on packing supplies can be found at Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Don’t underestimate the number of small boxes you will need. Small boxes are less expensive and are much easier to carry.
Get 4-6 rolls of packing tape. It’s better to have too much than too little.
Avoid tape guns. They are more expensive and unnecessary.
1 or 2 packages of wrapping paper for wrapping dishes and breakables.
Colored tabs are great to group boxes by room.
Pick up some mattress and/or box spring covers especially if your mattress and/or box spring is under warranty. Some warranties are voided when mattresses or box springs are dirty or damaged.
Thick permanent markers are great. Mark everything. You’ll thank yourself for being more detailed later.
Bubble wrap for wrapping pictures and flat screen tv’s.
Shrink wrap to bundle items together.
Trash bags with drawstrings are the most affordable way to transport hanging clothes. Simply poke a hole in the bottom of bags and bundle 7-10 hanging items into a single trash bag. Tying the drawstring will seal off the bag.
Wardrobe boxes are another common method of transporting hanging clothes.
Purchase extra cleaning products for cleaning your furniture and old residence. Many people prefer to hire a cleaning service.