Fortunately, moving is not the most intense activity out there. While rope is needed, generally, you don’t need the type of rope that a mountain climber depends on for his life, or that a sailor uses to tie a boat to harbor in stormy seas.
That being said, you do need to buy rope strong enough to handle your moving needs. Here are your best packing rope options and the option that is the most cost-effective for your move:
- Nylon - Nylon rope is sturdy, flexible and long-living. If you need to make sure something heavy doesn’t move for years to come, this is your rope. However, that need is generally not present with moving, and this rope can be very expensive.
- Polyester - Similarly strong to nylon rope, but less flexible and less easy to tie, this rope is a cheaper alternative to nylon. However, it’s still not cheap and its strength not necessary for moving.
- Polypropylene - This is the best rope for packing, because it is strong enough to handle your move and is cheap enough to be able to toss after you’re done. It usually comes in the form of bright yellow, twisted rope that is roughly 1/3 an inch in thickness, making it easy to cut, tie and untie. This rope can handle most moving needs, such as securing a table in place and tying a mattress to a car roof.