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Protect Shipping Boxes with Packing Tape

Packing tape is a must-have tool in the office or at home. It is ideal for sealing things like bubble mailers, manila envelopes, cardboard boxes, and other packages. Other than packing, you can also use packing tape to adhere foam packing materials to delicate items for additional protection.

Packing tape is available mainly in two colors: transparent and tan. Clear tape is see-through and allows you to secure your box easily. It is also ideal if you don't want packing tape to stand out against packaging.

Tan packing tape is popular for packing cardboard boxes, as it matches the color of the box. It is strong, can be written on for easy identification, and is competitively priced. This tape typically comes with dispensers, meaning you can tear off the right length without having to search for scissors.

The best packing tapes use acrylic adhesives designed to withstand low and high temperatures. These adhesives also have long lifespans, which is crucial if you will be storing your items for prolonged periods of time.

What Is Packing Tape Used For?

Packing tape is one of the most common and essential items used in a move, but its uses extend far beyond just taping boxes shut.

Packaging tape is most popular for sealing cardboard moving boxes for shipping and storage. It is also used to 'tie' several boxes together, for and tying together bundles.

Packing tape can also be used around the home for DIY projects, hobbies, maintenance, and organization.

What to Look for in the Best Packing Tape

Not all packing tapes are the same, so contact Rent-a-Son to find the one that best suits your needs. Some are designed for use on cardboard boxes, others for waterproofing. Choosing the right tape is vital for getting the most value for money and the utility you expect.

  • Tensile strength: This indicates how much tape can be pulled before it breaks. Tensile strength is provided in pounds or kilograms.
  • Backing material: This is the material to which the adhesive is applied. Some of the most common materials include polypropylene, vinyl, and even cloth.
  • Elongation: Like tensile strength, elongation measures how far a tape can be stretched before it breaks. Elongation is provided as a percentage.
  • Core size: This indicates the inner diameter of the roll of the tape. It tells you whether it will fit the dispenser you are using.
  • Length: The length indicates how many meters, yards, or feet of tape you can expect from the packing tape. Note the first and last few centimeters of the tape may not be usable due to manufacturing reasons.
  • Width: The width indicates the width of the tape and is commonly expressed in millimeters or inches.
  • Thickness: The thickness of tape can be an indicator of its strength and the cushioning it provides. It is usually expressed in micros and mils (mili-inches).

Looking for Packing Tape “Near Me”?

Rent-a-Son is your local source for premium moving and shipping supplies. We have a wide selection of packing tapes to suit your needs and preferences. Contact our knowledgeable representatives today to answer all your questions about our moving supplies and current availability.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most popular brands of packing tape?

Gorilla, Scotch, and Duck are some of the most popular brands of packing tape. Other options you will find on shelves are 3M, Tartan, and Tape Terror.