Whether you are moving your studio, shipping an artwork, or putting items in storage, it is critical that your packing tape provide a firm hold so that your boxes and packages remain securely sealed. While most packing tapes are durable enough for moving or shipping packages, items intended for storage require a heavier, temperature-resistant adhesive that will provide a long-term hold. The strength of tape can be determined by its thickness, measured in mil (millimeters), with thicker tape holding up best against heavier packages. Keep in mind the key criteria of adhesion, strength, and ease of use, and browse our picks below to find the best tape for your packaging needs.
1. Duck Packing Tape
Minimize the stress of packing with Duck EZ Start packing tape, specially designed to roll out smoothly and quietly without splitting—and you won’t lose the tape end. This easy-to-use, heavy-duty 2.6 mil tape (1.8 inch wide, 54.6 yards per roll) is sturdy enough for most packing jobs, with a long-lasting acrylic adhesive that works well for shipping, moving, and storage.
2. Gorilla Packing Tape
An excellent choice when a sturdy seal is required, Gorilla’s heavy-duty packing tape (1.8 inch wide, 40 yards per roll) is an ultra-thick 3.4 mil product that is tough enough to support heavy weights. While sold at a higher price point than other options, this thick, durable tape, sold in a pack of six, won’t split or tear, and it provides superior adhesion for a long-lasting, extra-strong hold. A crystal-clear tape that can be used to protect shipping labels, it is also moisture and temperature resistant, making it suitable for just about any job.
3. Grizzly Brand Packing Tape
A value pack of 12 rolls, Grizzly’s clear packing tape (2 inches wide, 65 yards per roll) is an excellent, economical choice for large packing projects. This slightly wider tape provides more coverage when sealing boxes, and at 2.6 mil thick it is sturdy enough for most shipping and moving needs. Both moisture and temperature resistant, this general-purpose tape is suitable for use in moving, shipping, and storage.
4. Scotch Packaging Tape
Specially engineered to withstand extreme conditions, this packing tape from Scotch (1.88 inches wide, 54.6 yards per roll) will maintain a secure seal for lasting protection of your belongings. Ideal for long-term storage, this 2.4-mil-thick tape provides a durable, UV-resistant hold that won’t give out even in extreme temperatures. One note: this acrylic adhesive tape is not as sticky as some of the other products listed here, making it less suitable for shipping and rough handling. Sold in a package of six.
5. Bomei Pack Strapping Tape
Reinforced with fiberglass strands, Bomei Pack monofilament strapping tape (2 inches wide, 35 yards per roll) is a flexible, durable tape resistant to tearing and puncturing. Often used in commercial settings, this 5.3 mil tape has a high tensile strength that can withstand heavy weights and lots of jostling during shipment. As a weatherproof tape that’s moisture, UV, and temperature resistant, it can also be used for minor patching and sealing as it adheres to a variety of surfaces. Sold in a pack of two.