While moving into a new home is exciting, packing and moving your belongings can become overwhelming. The prospect of packing fragile items without breaking them is daunting.
Whether it’s your china set or a framed picture, you must protect your fragile items during your move. Our team has compiled our most helpful tips on packing your delicate items for safe travel.
1. Use Small Boxes
The first step to protecting your fragile items while moving is using the right size box. Using a box that is The first step to protecting your fragile items is using the correct size box. Using a too-large box will result in your fragile item having too much room for your new home. Picking the smallest package will be secure and less likely to break.
2. Don’t Use Flimsy Boxes
Flimsy boxes can lead to your fragile items being crushed when they are placed into the moving truck. You will want the box you use to be as thick and sturdy as possible. Don’t put anything fragile in a box that bends easily. If it gives when you put pressure on either side, you can assume it’s unsuitable for your purposes.
3. Use Layers of Soft Packing Material on the Bottom of the Box
A great option when packing is to set aside your linens and towels to be boxed with your fragile items. You can use several materials to cushion the bottom of the box. The best choices include foam, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Once everything is packed, you’ll want to fill the empty spaces.
4. Fill Gaps In Moving Boxes
Regardless of how perfectly a box fits your fragile item, some gaps are bound to be left empty. Filling these open spaces will be essential for keeping your breakable belongings safe. The less wiggle room there is, the better. You can fill the gaps like the tip mentioned above by packing peanuts, paper, towels, or linens.
5. Pack the Heaviest Items at the Bottom of the Box
Layer the items from largest to smallest, so the box base is well-supported. Larger and heavier items at the bottom will also prevent smaller and more fragile items from getting crushed.
6. Pack Plates Vertically
When packing plates, you should wrap them in bubble wrap, secure them with tape, and place them in boxes vertically to reduce their surface area. Use packing paper below, between, and above your plates to limit the potential shaking. You should use enough packing paper to keep the plates securely in place. If available, you can pick up boxes called dish packs created to protect plates.
7. Keep Electronics Secure
Electronics are expensive and maybe some of your most valuable possessions. If you want to secure your electronics, use the original packaging.
8. Wield Packing Tape Generously
Pressure can crush your fragile items when placed inside light boxes in the moving truck. Packing tape can reinforce all of the edges of your moving boxes to help them withstand large amounts of weight. You can also use packing tape to ensure the openings of your moving boxes that hold fragile items are extra secure.
9. Pack Towels and Linens with Fragile Items
When packing, a great option is to set aside your linens and towels to be boxed with your fragile items. That way, they can act as cushioning to protect your delicate belongings. Wrapping your breakable items in a towel or linen will save you from buying bubble wrap and let you pack twice the amount of your things as you initially would have.
10. Save Small Items For Last
While it is usually best to pack one fragile item per box, that is not always possible for things like dining ware. If you need to put multiple delicate items in one box, make sure that you pack the largest items first and save the small item for last. With the most miniature items on top, they won’t get crushed under the weight of your other fragile belongings.
11. Fill Gaps In Moving Boxes
Regardless of how perfectly a box fits your fragile item, some gaps are bound to be left empty. Filling these empty spaces will be essential to keeping your breakable belongings safe. The less wiggle room there is, the better. You can fill the gaps using packing peanuts, paper, or like the tip mentioned above, towels or linens.
12. Label Fragile Items
Letting those helping you move to know to handle a box with care is important for transporting your fragile items. Utilizing fragile labels will help the packers take care of certain things so that they won’t be crushed by other boxes or tossed around too much.
13. Don’t Rush
Properly packing fragile items takes time. If you are moving in a hurry, set aside extra time for boxing your fragile items to ensure you won’t damage them during the move.
Trust Your Belongings To Little Red Wagon Moving
If these tips for packing your fragile items have left you feeling more overwhelmed than prepared, consider partnering with Little Red Wagon Moving. As moving experts, we have plenty of experience successfully packing, moving, and unpacking fragile items of every shape and size. As a result, we will ensure that all your belongings safely arrive at your new home without causing additional stress. Contact us today to learn how we can help you experience a stress-free move.