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

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

Mother and daughter putting a package together
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.

Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 6 Rolls with Dispenser, 1.88" x 22.2 Yards, 1.5" Core, Great for Packing, Shipping & Moving, Clear

Unwinds Quietly

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.Scotch

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.

Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 1.88" x 54.6 Yards, 3" Core, Clear, Great for Packing, Shipping & Moving, 6 Rolls

Easy to Use

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.Scotch

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.

Duck HD Clear Heavy Duty Packing Tape Refill, 6 Rolls, 1.88 Inch x 54.6 Yard

Holds From 14°F to 140°F

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.Duck

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.