Smart Packing Tips

The last thing you need after a long moving day is to discover that a valuable item has been damaged. That’s certain to dampen your spirits when you’re just getting settled into your new home. Here are some packing tips to help ensure that doesn’t happen:

Avoid worn-out or damaged boxes as they are more likely to tear open during a move.

Pack glass and similar items in bubble wrap or foam chips – but not too tightly. Include just enough to ensure there’s no rattling.

Use small boxes for heavier items. A big box of books is difficult to lift. (Experts say a box shouldn’t weigh more than 50 lbs.)

Use anti-static packing materials for sensitive electronics, such as computers, cameras and flash-drives.

Purchase specialty packaging for items such as dishes, musical instruments, and valuable clothing. It’s worth the investment.

Wrap bowls and plates in paper and then pack them in the box on their sides instead of lying them flat. (Plates and bowls placed on their edges can withstand more pressure than those lying flat.) Cups and glasses can be packed upright.

Don’t pack a box so full that there’s a bulge. It makes boxes difficult to stack and it can damage the items inside.

Wind and tie electrical cords. If cords are detached from the device in order to pack them, label the cord or tape it to the back of the device so they can be easily paired up again. In the case of small devices, you can pop the device and cord together in a clear freezer bag before wrapping them.

Finally, if possible, personally carry irreplaceable items with you to your new home. But don’t forget to pack them just as carefully as if you were handing them to the movers!