Plastic sheeting is a very versatile packing material. It can be stretched, taped and wrapped, all without tearing or becoming loose. Sometimes it's the only thing that will work when you are trying to pack an item. You can find all these plastic sheeting options in any size. You can even get it cut to your specifications.
You can find clear plastic sheeting that is made just for your shipping and packing needs. Some varieties allow you to stretch the plastic around an item and then secure it just by pressing the two layers of plastic together. This can be great if you do not want to mess with tape or if you have an item that should not come in contact with adhesives.
The thickness of a piece of plastic sheeting is measured in millimeters. Clear plastic sheeting that is less than 2 mm is generally used just as a barrier to keep paint or dirt from landing on sensitive surfaces. It is not thick enough to handle rigorous use. You can walk on 2 mm plastic sheeting if the floor must be protected, but this won't last long; the plastic becomes damaged and will have to be replaced. A piece of plastic sheeting with a thickness of 4 mm can be used for keeping water and vapor away from sensitive items or areas; this is a good option if you want to pack an item away for a while and still keep it as clean as when it was new.
Corrugated plastic sheeting is also available. Some textured sheeting styles are used often in the painting industry, as their uneven surface helps to catch the paint and keep it from running all over. Some corrugated sheeting choices are actually less expensive in the long run, because they give your packing job extra strength and cushion your items that much better. If you like something that will not show every speck of dirt, go with black plastic sheeting. It works just as well and looks a lot cleaner at the end of the day.