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Trusted Professional Moves for over 40 Years!

Vancouver Island’s Choice for Quality Moving Supplies and Boxes

Are you looking for quality moving supplies and boxes in Vancouver Island? If so, Swain Moving & Storage Ltd is the company you can turn to. Whether you are looking for cube boxes and packing papers or wardrobes that come with a hanging bar, we can accommodate all your moving supply needs. We carry a variety of supplies and materials, including:

  • 2 Cube Box — 18(W) x 15 1/2(D) x 13(H)

  • 4 Cube Box — 18 1/2(W) x 15 3/4(D) x 21(H)

  • 15lbs of packing paper (pre-cut)

  • Tape and shrink wrap (small or larger)

  • Mattress covers (single, double, queen, king)

  • Wardrobes (come with hanging bar)

We provide free delivery on all packing materials. Free wardrobes come with every move. Don’t forget to ask about our used boxes when you call us to order your packing materials. We also buy the boxes back! Call us to learn more.

Additional Supplies

Moving can be stressful, especially when you choose to pack things by yourself. To pack your belongings the right way, you will need the following supplies:

  • Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items

  • Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets, which is also known as “popcorn”

  • Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide)

  • Strong twine for sealing cartons

  • Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons

  • Notebook and pencil for carton identification log

  • Plastic bags and labels for easy identification

  • Scissors and/or sharp knife

  • Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs

Essential Moving Tips

We have provided some tips to make your moving experience better. Take a look:

  • Separate the packed boxes by size, and place the box of the appropriate size in each room

  • Have all supplies next to you when you’re packing (i.e. bubble wraps, tape, packing paper)

  • Pack one room at a time and mark each box with a description of its contents and destination (i.e. kitchen, master bath)

  • Use “FRAGILE” labels on boxes with breakable items to ensure they are handled with care

  • Use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for lighter ones.

  • Place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box and the lighter ones on top of them

  • Fill voids with packing paper or bubble wrap to prevent shifting and breakage

  • Double box fragile items (for extra cushioning)

  • Reinforce the bottoms of the boxes with packing tapes (a tape dispenser will make the job easier)

  • Ensure that the top and bottom of each box doesn’t bulge or sag

  • Lay books flat and alternate bindings to prevent damage

  • Pack plates in double wall corrugated dish boxes on their edges

  • Use dish/glass dividers, which are known as cell packs, to help keep plates safe and organized

  • Use bubble wrap for fragile items - A small bubble wrap is suitable for smaller, lighter weight items while a large bubble wrap (more air in bubbles) can be used for larger, heavier items

  • Use mattress bags, stretch wrap and furniture bags to keep large items clean,

  • Wrap furniture, appliances, TV’s and other large objects with moving blankets

  • Use strong carton, corrugated boxes with covers to avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials

  • Pack items using old newspapers, but remember that the ink from the papers may rub off and stain clothing or other items

  • Remember that insect eggs and insects can travel in your food boxes


See what our customers are saying about our moving and storage services.

An Absolute Pleasure to Work With

“We used this company for our last move from a referral from a friend. These guys are absolutely amazing! Took care of our belongings and are super friendly. Steve is an absolute pleasure to work with and his entire team is beyond professional and a great group of guys. Will definitely use again if needed and refer anyone to them! Thanks again!”

- Shaylene G. - 21/11/2019

Fast and Organized

“Moved me twice... fast and organized.”

- Lawrence M. - 21/11/2019

Absolutely Delightful Experience

“I've had a “Murphy’s Law” kind of move…”whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”. There was one exception…the absolutely delightful experience we had with Swain Moving & Storage Ltd. The four fellows from Swain were extremely efficient, knowledgeable and professional, and without exception were a joy to work with. They went above and beyond expectations and were truly the shining light in an otherwise stressful move. I highly recommend this company. They are definitely the best of the best. Thank you, Swain Moving & Storage Ltd. You exemplify what good service is all about, and then some!”

- Coastal Cleaners - 21/11/2019

A Great Company

“A great company! I recommend these guys.”

- Arty1 - 21/11/2019

Furniture Moved with Great Care

“Moved us Sept 12, 2018-------very professional, efficient and polite. Made sure that all boxes went to the right room. Furniture moved with great care. ---------this is the third time they have moved us and we would have them move us again.”

- Maureen P. - 21/11/2019

Friendly Staff

“The best part of Swain (other than their friendly staff) is their fast and efficient service.”

- Abebooks - Victoria, BC - 21/11/2019

Thank You Again Guys

“Swain took care of everything! From dropping off free wardrobes the day of, to wrapping all valuables before removing. Thank you again guys!”

- Sarah M. - 21/11/2019

You Excel

“As the area’s leading restoration contractor, people depend on us to get the job done! We need business partners who are able to perform, and you excel!”

- Downs Construction Ltd. - 21/11/2019


- Hayley Brynn - 21/11/2019


- J Mack - 21/11/2019

Free Wardrobes with Every Move

Turn to us for free delivery of packing supplies, materials and complimentary wardrobe boxes.

Call Us Today

Contact us

Swain Moving & Storage Ltd
760 Enterprise Cres
Saanich, BC

V9B 6P6


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Service Area

We Service:
All of Vancouver Island, including Victoria, Oak Bay, James Bay, Esquimalt, Saanich, Sidney, Langford, Colwood, Sooke, Mill Bay, Cobble Hill and Gulf Islands


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