Packing Tips for Moving: Selecting Boxes and Supplies

It’s time for your big move. Whether you’re moving across the country or across town, you’ll still need to pack up your belongings carefully. The more organized you are, the easier unpacking will be. So, what’s the best way to pack boxes for moving day? We’ve outlined our practical tips below to make your move simple.

Take an inventory of what you’ll need to pack room by room.

The first step is to get an idea of what you’ll need to pack. This will help you plan ahead for purchasing moving boxes and other moving supplies. As you take note of the items you’ll need to pack, think about what size boxes you’ll need and the appropriate packing materials for any fragile belongings. Group items together by similar size and weight.

Choosing your boxes and packing materials.

It’s important to use sturdy boxes. You don’t want the cardboard to buckle under the weight of your belongings. Keep most boxes filled with 30 pounds or less, with 50 pounds as the maximum. Each box should be sealed with packing tape. It’s a good idea to use two layers of tape to ensure your box is firmly closed at both the top and bottom. Besides boxes and tape, there are a variety of packing supplies out there and you’ll probably want to use a combination of several methods. Packing peanuts are great for filling in empty spaces, as is old newspaper. You can use linens, towels, paper towels, facial tissues and paper tissue for wrapping individual items. Bubble wrap is also effective for protecting delicate items.

Learn how to pack boxes in the most efficient order.

For most of your moving boxes, you’ll want to start with a layer of packing peanuts (or similar supply) on the bottom. Place the heaviest items in the bottom first, and be sure to use bubble wrap or newspaper as needed. You can use foam or other cushioning supplies to create a barrier between the next layer. Do not over fill the box, and make sure it isn’t packed with too many heavy items that the box cannot be lifted. You’ll also want to fill in excess space with packing supplies like peanuts or newspaper to prevent shifting. Your box should be able to close easily. Make sure to use tape to keep it firmly closed, and label it with its contents and room destination.

Pay careful attention on how to pack moving boxes with delicate items.

When packing dishes and glassware, be sure to individually wrap each item and place them carefully in the box. You’ll need to have a protective layer on the bottom as well as around the edges. Towels and other linens can make a great protective layer. Plates and bowls should all be individually wrapped and can be stacked on top of each other.

For glasses, vases, pitchers and stemware, place wrapping or packing paper inside and wrap a double layer around, paying special attention to handles. Cups can be packed upside down, but pitchers and sauce containers are best left upright.

For other fragile items, wrap these individually with bubble wrap, tissue paper or other packing materials. Make sure to cushion these items in the box with bath towels or other soft cloths. Figurines should be wrapped first in tissue paper, then protected with an additional layer of newspaper. Mirrors, pictures and plaques can all be wrapped in towels for extra padding. Be cautious not to set anything too heavy on top of delicate items.

Finally, be sure to label your delicate items with “fragile” so your movers will know to take extra precautions.

For additional information to help you transition into your new home as smooth as possible check out our tips for moving.