Packing Tips From the Pros
We developed these packing tips after 83 years in the moving business. We know the most efficient way to
pack, providing you with the best results.
- Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things
you'll need until moving day.
- Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would puncture or damage
- Pack similar items together. Do not pack a delicate china figurine in the same carton with cast-iron frying
pans, for example.
- Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small
hardware items should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied securely to the article to which they
- Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.
- Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine
china, crystal and delicate items. Colored wrapping paper draws attention to very small things that might
otherwise get lost in a carton. Use a double layer of newsprint for a good outer wrapping.
- Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of cartons for cushioning.
- Build up the layers, with the heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next and lightest on top.
- As each layer is completed, fill in empty spaces firmly with crushed paper and add more crushed paper to
make a level base for the next layer, or use sheets of cardboard cut from cartons as dividers.
- Cushion well with crushed paper; towels and lightweight blankets may also be used for padding and
cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning needed. Be sure no sharp points, edges or rims are
- Pack small, fragile, individually-wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning
with crushed or shredded paper. Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed
- Avoid overloading cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover
should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
- Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items that must be left open for the van
By utilizing the proper packing tips, your belongings will not be damaged during transport, and you will have a
much easier time unpacking your possessions at your new residence.