Obvious enough, bubble wrap is one of the most genius inventions of humanity. Being a 100% practical, bubble wrap was originally designed by an American engineer named Alfred Fielding to be used as decor. It was supposed to be a three-dimensional wallpaper. Aren’t we glad that Alfred had turned out to be a so much better engineer than a designer? This accidental invention was able to make our moving process so much easier, safer, and secure.
Three ways to use Bubble Wrap for Your Move
Number one and the most obvious way is to wrap your fragile items safely in one or two layers of the bubble wrap and secure it all with some tape. Normally, one layer of bubble wrap is enough. Number two. You can secure your boxes with a layer of bubble wrap. That’ll minimize the possible risk of leaking or breaking. Number three is the one that everybody loves. Keep some of the bubble wrap paper to press those bubbles bursting and poking to reduce the moving stress. Personally, I believe that is why the bubble wrap was supposed to be invented in the first place. It is an excellent source of entertainment.
Convenient and easily accessible
Bubble wrap can be easily purchased online or in the nearest supermarket for about $20 per 150 FT roll (or box). Because it is so easily accessible it is hard not to overdo it and buy too much. It is an eco-friendly material and can be reused as well as recycled. But still, make sure you do not pack your house with wrapping materials as they also take space in a moving truck. You may count on one roll of bubble wrap to help you secure a two-bedroom apartment. Of course, you only pack breakable items that way. Such things as clothes or bedsheets do not require this way of packing.
What else can be bubble-packed for the move?
This double-layered plastic wrapping is perfect to pack electronics to protect it from getting scratched, wet, or jammed. Glass should rather be double-wrapped and packed in sealed boxes. It is never a good idea to take your chances with glass. Aside from these quite obvious items, some big fragile things might also be bubble-wrapped. Even if you only planned to use blankets to protect mirrors or TV screens, consider applying a layer of bubble wrap under the blanket to avoid breakage.
What is the best size for the move?
We are used to a standard 0.4’’ (10 mm) bubble size. But sometimes the air-filled pockets can be smaller (¼’’) or bigger (1’’) in size which makes them convenient to use for various purposes: the smaller-sized bubbles will be perfect to protect glass, china, or small decor. Bigger sized bubbles will work perfectly to protect your gadgets, big fragile surfaces, or to fill up the empty spaces in cardboard boxes.
How to make you move more eco-friendly?
Once you move is safely over, do to hurry to throw all your packing materials away. Try to unwrap your belongings carefully, fold and pack your boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing materials to be offered to the nearest charity. They will definitely find a good use for them. BTW: if you want to save up, ask your nearest charity for some used wrapping materials. They are usually very supportive of reusing. Those materials that cannot be reused might as well be recycled.
No matter if you are in favour of DIY move or prefer to order a full pack of moving services from your moving company, you will find using bubble wrap very easy and enjoyable. And don’t forget to spend some time poking those bubbles!