How to Package Fragile Items

How to package fragile items

Over the course of life, most people acquire precious or valuable or fragile items. They look beautiful on display and may well be a joy to own, however
when it comes to transporting them for whatever reason, they will almost certainly be among your most difficult possessions. Read on for our handy tips on
how best to protect your items, and the various things that you should consider when you decide how best to package your items.

Firstly, if you can, you should make sure to fill delicate items with Styrofoam particles. If you don’t have any Styrofoam particles then do remember that
old newspaper can work just as well. In addition, don’t forget that extra padding can come from bags of ‘soft stuff’, i.e. toys, clothes, bedding, rather
than you having to buy expensive protective material.

Using large bubble wrap, wrap each item up carefully, making sure that it is in a condition to be used safely if you are re-using old bubble wrap. If you
are packaging crockery, such as plates, salad bowls, saucers or soup bowls, etc. – anything that could shatter – they should be packed very carefully and
placed on their sides. It is important not to put them flat on top of each other, as one slight knock could shatter all of the plates. They must always
travel on their ends. Whichever ones go in the same box should ideally be taped together to reduce the risk of damage during transit. If you are
transporting vases, cups or a circular item, you must always lie them on their side once you have used Styrofoam as protection if appropriate and wrapping them in some more of the large bubble wrap.
Ensure that everything is thoroughly protected with Styrofoam if you can around these bubble wrapped items. Once done, tape similar items together inside
separate boxes, again bearing in mind if you do so that the chances of them breaking will be vastly reduced if you add as much extra packaging as you can.

Be careful of giving less than full consideration to your method of packing. For example, it is important to realise that once things are packed as tightly
as possible in one box, then the box itself should also be wrapped in some more large bubble wrap and subsequently be placed inside yet another box with a
good few inches of packaging all around it.

The type of packaging is less important than you may think; many people pack using solely newspaper for their needs, as mentioned earlier. However if you
plan to do this, it is worth noting that newspaper is heavier than Styrofoam so your shipping costs will increase. It is worth noting that different
services have different requirements.

Remember to line your boxes to protect the items as well as wrapping them. Again, bubble wrap or newspaper can be used. Then place as many objects in their
wrapping into the box as you can – maximum items means minimal space for them to rattle around and potentially break. And once you are certain that your
boxes are filled to safe capacity then seal them thoroughly so that no damage can be caused to the contents.

10 Helpful Packing Tips to Make Your Move a Breeze

Moving to a new home is an exciting experience: living in a new community, getting to know a regional culture, meeting new people—it’s an entirely different chapter in your life. Before you turn that page, though, you’re going to need to pack.


Packing is perhaps the most annoying, time-consuming part of the moving process. The difficulty can compound if you live on a higher floor, if you have a lot of heavy belongings or if you don’t have much experience with moving. And it can be expensive; the cost of transport trucks, packing supplies and movers can add up.


If you’re planning a move in the near future, you can make the process a lot simpler by following a few easy steps. This article will introduce 10 moving tips that can save you time and minimize the stress of the event:


1. Create a “First Open Box”


Compile your expensive belongings, valuables and the items that you will need to use immediately after the move. Pack these in the same box, and keep it with you.


2. Contact Moving Assistance at Least One Week Before Your Move


If you are moving by yourself, contact friends and family at least one week before the move-out date. That way, they’re less likely to fabricate excuses about scheduling conflicts. Also, try to contact several people in case someone backs out.


If you are hiring a moving company for assistance, it’s still important to contact them well ahead of time. If you wait, someone else might book their services.


3. Download a Moving App


Moving apps, like My Move, help you organize your belongings by generating checklists and providing helpful advice. This will simplify the process and prevent you from forgetting something.


4. Buy a Parking Permit If You Move to a City


Many cities, like Boston and New York City, require residents to purchase parking permits. If you don’t have one on your move-out date, you might have to park far from your new home, forcing you to walk great distances to move your belongings.


5 Find Free Packing Boxes


The local supermarket or liquor store should have plenty of free boxes. If you choose to buy boxes, it can cost a small fortune.


6. Get the Family Involved


If the move is a family activity, the process could seem a lot less inconvenient. If you have kids, they will learn valuable lessons. You can even make a game out of the event to keep it fun and not so dull.


7. Use Packing Paper to Pack Dishes and Glasses


Pack glasses and dishes individually. Expensive china deserves special attention. The kitchen is the most time-consuming room to pack, so don’t rush.


8. Put Labels on Boxes Containing Fragile Items


During any move, it’s always important to minimize the risk of damaging your belongings. Labelling boxes as “fragile” can help here, especially if you receive assistance from friends or a moving company. Make sure everyone understands which boxes contain breakables.


9. Start the Process Two Weeks Early


Getting a head start on moving can make the event seem less time-consuming. You’ll have less work on move-out day, and that saved time might be necessary in certain unexpected circumstances, such as a truck-tire blowout or inclement weather.


10. Request to Reserve the Elevator


This is especially helpful in apartment buildings. Ask the management to reserve the elevator during move-out day for a minimum of a few hours.


With these 10 tips, your move will be much quicker and simpler. You’ll be relaxing in your living room in no time, with nothing to worry about except the noisy neighbors and foul-smelling cooking three doors down.


Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for National Forklift Exchange.  You can connect with Tom via Twitter @TomReddon.