Organize Better: Stock Up on Packing Tape for Mailing, Moving and More

Grab a six-pack—of tape!—and never be unprepared again.

byCarla Sosenko|
Organize Better: Stock Up on Packing Tape for Mailing, Moving and More
Let’s get packin’!. Pexels/Cottonbro

Hands up if you’ve ever really needed a roll of tape and been annoyed to realize, after going through every drawer in your home, that you don’t. Hands up again if it’s happened multiple times. Stop it from happening again—and stop yourself from paying too much for an overpriced single when you’re in a pinch—by investing in a sixer of the sticky stuff.

This pick includes half a dozen super-strong transparent coils and easy-application bladed holders. It promises a strong seal on all types of boxes, including the hard-to-stick recycled kind.

Another great use for clear packing tape? It creates a transparent shield for print-at-home mailing labels and postage. Print the label, cut it out and affix it to your package with clear tape, which will allow a scanning laser in, but keep rain, sleet and snow out. Want even more bang for your buck? You can use tape to clean your keyboard, pull lint from clothes or even create clean lines of polish if you’re attempting nail art.

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Made locally with globally sourced materials, this durable solvent-free adhesive resists annoying slivering and tearing. If you like using a dispenser, you can buy it separately.

It seems like a little thing, but a roll of tape with a wide, open core is especially helpful when you’re moving. You’ll be able to hang it on doorknobs and other hooks so it never goes missing.

The adhesive bond on this temperature-resistant option strengthens over time, making it perfect for valuables and moving boxes that are departing for a long, bumpy ride. The dispenser is sold separately.

If it’s important that your tape is crystal-clear, check the details before you buy. Some transparent tapes have a cloudy appearance once they’re unstuck from the roll, making them good for sticking on boxes in your closet or attic, but not so great for legibility over labels.