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Packing Supplies – Where to Find Them & What You’ll Need

Selecting Packing Supplies

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When selecting packing supplies for your possessions, remember:

  • Collecting clean boxes from your local grocery store can save you money.
  • Check that the boxes are empty of insects and other pests.
  • Use only sturdy, corrugated cartons with tops or flaps that fold shut.
  • You can save old newspapers for packing material, but be aware that the ink may rub off and stain items. Jay’s recommends that you use blank paper (and we can supply it!).

Jay’s can supply (for a charge) proper cartons for your household items, including mattresses, clothing and mirrors. You may avoid damage to your possessions by using these specially made packing cartons.

Other packing supplies you might need include:

  • Scissors and/or a sharp knife
  • Plastic bags and labels for parts storage and identification
  • Paper
  • Heavy-duty packaging tape (11/2 to 2 inches wide) for sealing cartons — Jay’s does not recommend using duct tape or masking tape
  • Labels and markers for identifying the contents of cartons

Before you begin packing

Choose a work area that is roomy enough to accommodate the larger cartons, and contains a sturdy table or work surface (Jay’s does not recommend your best dining room table!). Cover your table with a blanket or towels to protect it. Place a generous amount of neatly stacked packing paper on the table, and keep your scissors, tape, marking pens and other packing supplies nearby.

Now that you’ve got your packing supplies and work area ready you can start packing: click for how to pack and more tips.


We have just this past week engaged your company to move us from Calgary to Okotoks. I am writing to commend you on the excellent job you did for us. This has been, by far, the best service that we have ever received in the many moves that we have made. The young men who did the packing were very pleasant, polite and careful with our belongings. Every box and piece of furniture were placed in the correct room of our new home with out any damage to walls, or to the contents. I feel that this kind of service should not go unrecognized. I would without hesitation recommend your company to anyone thinking of moving. Again thank you for the excellence with which you serve. Have a wonderful day!

Blain and Carol MacLeod

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