Packing Tips to Make Your Move Easier
- Plan before you pack. Pack items you need the least, first. Save regularly used items for last.
- Don’t delay! Begin your packing as soon as you know you’ll be moving.
- Never pack up flammable items or non-allowable items, no exceptions!
- Be generous. Use a lot of paper around items and on top of bottom of the box.
- On the outside of the box, list the room and types of items the box contains.
- If it’s fragile, mark it clearly on the outside of the box.
- Use clean packing paper. Old newspapers may work, but use them carefully because the ink may rub off onto your items. Fox Moving & Storage sells clean “packing” paper.
- Write “Open First” on boxes containing your most essential items like cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.
- Separate your breakables from your non-breakables.
- Pack all boxes tightly so your belongings don’t move around inside.
- Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn’t strong enough to support fully packed boxes. Fox Moving & Storage sells professional packing tape. And don’t use duct tape. You’ll thank for it!
Packing Tips for Specific Items
PACKING TIPS FOR BOOKS
Lay books flat in the box, alternating between spine and open sides of books. Place a piece of paper between each book to prevent them sticking together. Because books are heavy, consider Fox Moving and Storage’s small book boxes.
PACKING TIPS FOR BOTTLES
Bottles need to taped shut and wrapped in clean packing paper. For extra security, place bottles in resealable, watertight baga before wrapping and placing them in boxes.
PACKING TIPS FOR CHINA
Carefully wrap all china in sheets of clean packing paper. Place packing paper in the bottom of a dish pack for cushioning. Wrap each piece of China or glassware individually then wrap up to three pieces in a bundle with a double layer of paper. Place these bundled items in the box in a row on edge.
Surround each bundle with crumpled paper or bubble wrap, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crumpled paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and to make a level base for the next tier. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level. Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack the same way as larger items.
PACKING TIPS FOR CLOTHES
Clothes should be left on hangers and hung in special wardrobe boxes.
PACKING TIPS COMPUTERS
If possible, pack all computers in their original packaging. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, packing papers, towels, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), computers can be safely packed into any sturdy box.
PACKING TIPS FOR LAMP SHADES AND BASES
Handle lampshades by their wire frames only and place each in a box lined with paper or bubble wrap. Surround the shade with protective paper. Shades can be nested inside each other, as long as they are carefully separated by paper. Fox Moving & Storage has boxes specially designed for packing lamp bases to keep them safe. These same boxes are also good for golf clubs, floor lamps and garden tools.
PACKING TIPS FOR MIRRORS AND GLASS
Wrap each framed picture or mirror in a generous cushion of clean paper. Place these in flattened packing or telescoping boxes. Carefully tape and seal each box. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge never lay them flat.
PACKING TIPS FOR SHOES
Pack shoes in their original shoeboxes if possible and then place in a box. If original shoeboxes are not available, individually wrap shoes to prevent abrasive damage.
PACKING TIPS FOR STEMWARE
Stemware should be individually wrapped with protective paper inserted into the goblet and around the stem. Each goblet needs to be cushioned by a thick wrapping and placed stem up into a specially tiered dish pack.
PACKING TIPS FOR SOFT GOODS
Pack soft goods like pillows and bedding in lined boxes separated from each other by layers of clean paper.
PACKING TIPS FOR STATUARY AND FIGURINES
Wrap breakable statuary and figurines with bubble wrap, then tightly wrap them with clean paper. If you don’t have bubble wrap available, use clean paper to wrap each item until it is adequately cushioned.
PACKING TIPS FOR STEREOS AND OTHER ELECTRONICS
If possible, pack all of your electronics in their original packaging. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, packing paper, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), electronics can be safely packed in sturdy boxes with other belongings.
- First, pad the bottom of the box with a generous amount of packing material – bubble wrap, paper, towels, or blankets.
- Wrap electronics with paper or bubble wrap and then place in box.
- Tightly pack additional padding around and on top of the electronic unit to prevent damage.
- Firmly seal the box.
- Label the box as “Fragile – Top Load.”
NOTE: When you unpack electronics, allow them to reach room temperature before plugging them in.