Packing fragile items requires extra care
Packing fragile items requires extra care and attention to prevent any damage during the move. Here are some steps to help you pack fragile items properly:
1. Gather the Right Materials: You’ll need sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, packing peanuts or foam, tape, and markers for labeling. For particularly fragile items, consider getting special dish-pack or glass-pack boxes.
2. Prepare the Box: Before placing anything in the box, line the bottom with a layer of packing peanuts, crumpled packing paper, or a folded blanket for extra cushioning.
3. Wrap Each Item Individually: Use bubble wrap or packing paper to wrap each item. For extra protection, secure the wrapping with packing tape.
4. Use Dividers for Glassware and Stemware: If you’re packing glasses or stemware, using cell dividers can provide added protection.
5. Fill Empty Spaces: After placing the wrapped item in the box, fill any empty spaces with crumpled paper, packing peanuts or foam. This prevents items from moving around inside the box during the move.
6. Pack Heavier Items at the Bottom: Always put heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter, more delicate items on top.
7. Don’t Overpack: Avoid the temptation to overpack boxes. It’s better to use more boxes with fewer items than to risk damaging your belongings.
8. Close and Secure the Box: Tape the box securely shut. Make sure the box can support the weight of its contents without buckling or bending.
9. Label Correctly: Use a marker to clearly label the box as “FRAGILE” on all sides. Also, indicate which side of the box should be facing up.
10. Careful Loading: When loading the boxes, ensure that they aren’t crushed under heavier items.
Remember, if you’re uncomfortable packing any particularly fragile or valuable items, professional movers can offer packing services to ensure those items are properly protected.