When packing breakable items for a move, it’s crucial to take extra care to protect them from potential damage. Here are some tips for packing breakables:
Gather the necessary supplies:
Before you start packing, gather the following supplies:
- Sturdy boxes in various sizes
- Bubble wrap or packing paper
- Packing peanuts or foam sheets
- Packing tape
- Marker for labelling
Wrap items individually:
Start by wrapping each breakable item individually to provide cushioning and prevent them from scratching or colliding with each other. Use bubble wrap or packing paper to wrap delicate items like glassware, ceramics, or figurines. Place an extra layer of protection around particularly fragile parts.
Secure the wrapping:
Use good quality packing tape to secure the wrapping, ensuring that it stays in place during transit. Avoid using newspaper directly on fragile items, as the ink may transfer and damage them.
Choose the right box:
Select sturdy boxes specifically designed for moving and packing fragile items. Use boxes that are appropriate in size to minimise movement and provide ample cushioning around the breakables. Reinforce the bottom of each box with extra packing tape to ensure it can support the weight.
Add cushioning materials:
Before placing the wrapped breakables in the box, add a layer of cushioning at the bottom. Use crumpled packing paper, packing peanuts or even your own linen and towels to create a soft and protective base.
Place the wrapped breakable items in the box, making sure to fill any empty spaces with additional cushioning materials. Avoid overpacking the box, as it can increase the risk of items shifting and breaking. Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones on top.
If you have multiple layers of breakables within a single box, place a layer of padding, such crushed packing paper, between each layer to prevent them from touching and potentially breaking.
Secure the box:
Once the box is filled, add a final layer of cushioning on top to ensure the items won’t move. Close and seal the box with packing tape, reinforcing all seams.
Label the box:
Clearly label the box as “Fragile” or “Handle with Care” on multiple sides. You can also mention the specific contents of the box (e.g., “Glassware” or “China”) to alert movers and yourself to its delicate nature.
Remember to pack breakables in a well-organised manner, taking your time to ensure each item is adequately protected. The time you invest will be worth it at the other end.