Here at Real Men Moving, we’ll always use and recommend the highest quality packing materials such as bubble wrap and cardboard. We offer packing services, but most people opt to pack themselves, and use Austin movers later. Sometimes, when helping unpack boxes, we see that the strangest materials for packing actually work! If you’re looking to save money or ran out of bubble wrap in an emergency, there’s always another way to pack. Here are a few.

1. Popcorn

As crazy as it sounds, popped popcorn really has the same effect on packing materials as packing peanuts and can be useful for fragile items. Popcorn is a very versatile packing item as it can pad almost anything and fit into tiny empty spaces in packages. If you plan on using this, make sure your popcorn isn’t buttery or anything as it can stain your items. Popcorn shouldn’t be used for things that take a long time to move also, as it does get stale.

2. Ziploc Bags

Nowadays, many big companies such as amazon like to use big air bags for packing instead of a bunch of peanuts or bubble wrap to save money. If you want to use something like an air bag but don’t have one, you can take a sandwich sized resealable bag for the same effect. Just fill it up with as much air as possible before you seal it, and it should be as puffy as an air bag.

A problem you may have with this is that your bag might not have been built with the idea of being a packing agent in mind, and it can pop or tear easily. But of course, this all depends on the bag, and what you’re shipping with it.

3. Junk mail, wrapping paper, and any other old paper you might have lying around!

One big move that happens in people’s lives is moving out of college, or back home between semesters. One thing to keep in mind if this is you, is to keep all those homework papers if you have any. You can crumble up just about any type of paper and use it as packing for certain items. If you have a lot of junk mail, wrapping paper, office paper, newspaper, or magazines, it can probably be used to help you move!

If you’re moving soon and need help with any area of the process, whether you need help with packing, materials, just some extra, labor, or just a truck, Real Men Moving can help. We operate in the central Texas area and do both commercial and local moving. If you’re moving around central Texas soon, contact us here today.