Using Garbage Bags to Move

There are lots of fancy packing supplies that you can utilize when you’re gearing up to move, but did you know that there are also plenty of uses for the humble garbage bag? Aside from just being the obvious receptacle for the things you’re ready to toss, you can also use garbage bags to move clothes, linens, soft toys, and other non-breakables, as well as to protect various items on moving days. It’s a significantly cheaper alternative to cardboard boxes, and usually, you can get a second use out of the bag as well when you’re setting up at your new place.

Before we get into the different ways you can use garbage bags to move, let’s first go over a few caveats:

Use heavy duty bags. Thick, black garbage bags are your best bet here, since they can carry significantly more weight than their flimsy counterparts with less chance of tearing or breaking.

Use outdoor bags. To the point above, outdoor bags are typically more sturdy than indoor ones and will hold up better during your move.

Use large or extra large bags. You’ll want to aim to use fewer garbage bags rather than more, so go with the largest size that you can find.

Use garbage bags with ties. While they may cost a little bit more, garbage bags with ties will give you a more effective seal so that you don’t have to worry about things spilling out in the back of the truck.

Don’t pack anything sharp or breakable in a garbage bag. This probably goes without saying, but you don’t want to pack anything sharp in a garbage bag that could potentially poke through the plastic. In addition to tearing the bag, it could also be a safety issue. Don’t pack anything breakable in a garbage bag either, since you don’t get the support in a bag that you’d get in a box.


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