Packing Paper

PACKING PAPER — UNPRINTED NEWSPRINT

packing paper

Packing paper is the easiest packing material to use. Movers use huge quantities of it.

Packing paper is simply newspaper that never went through a printing press.. It is also called unprinted newsprint . With no ink on the paper, soiling associated with ordinary newspaper is avoided. Kraft wrapping paper is also occasionally used for packing. All the comments here are true for both newsprint and kraft paper.

Movers use huge quantities of newsprint in packing household goods.

PRICES:    10-POUND BUNDLE (150 SHEETS): $12.95
35-POUND BUNDLE (500 SHEETS): $32.95

A little packing paper is used in packing for shipping. The appearance is much better than newspaper. Packing paper is fast and easy to use, but offers little protection from serious impacts. Don’t use it on fragile items.

If you use it for packing for a move, use it generously. You will need about 30 pounds to pack a small household and, easily, as much as 80 pounds for a large house. Large, luxury homes may require 100 pounds or more.

One of the great urban myths is that movers use a vast excess of packing paper in order to run up their packing bills. This isn’t so. They use a lot of paper because they’re afraid of breaking something.

There are a couple of tricks to using shipping paper effectively in a move.

Wrap everything in it — fragile as well as nonfragile. Don’t waste time making decisions — just wrap everything.

Be sure each packed box is full and free of voids in the packing. Press (lightly) extra wads of paper into the corners and into spaces between the dishes. Pile extra paper at the top of the box so the paper extends about 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the top.

If the stuff is extra fragile, wrap it in double sheets of paper which have been wrinkled before wrapping.


Used wrapping paper works about as well as new. The extra wrinkles give the paper a little body.

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