When you are moving, packing your fragile items is a critical step and one you definitely want to take care with. If these items are not properly packed, they can easily be damaged in transit and won’t survive the journey to their new home.
In this blog post, we will provide some tips on how to pack fragile items when moving and how a self storage facility may be the answer to keeping your fragile items safe during the moving process. Read on for more information!
Tips for Packing and Storing Fragile Items When Moving
When it comes to packing fragile items, there are a few key things you need to keep in mind. Here are some tips on how to pack and store your fragile items so that they make it to your new home safe and sound:
Make sure you have the proper materials – When packing delicate items, you’ll want to use extra care to ensure they don’t get damaged in transit. You’ll need sturdy boxes as well as some packing paper, bubble wrap, and tape. Having plenty of good quality packing materials on hand means you can take as much preventative care as possible when packing your fragile belongings. No matter how careful you are when moving boxes, without internal protection such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts, there is a much greater risk of your items being jostled around and potentially getting broken.
Pack your items securely – Fill the bottom of the box with your chosen packing materials, and then nestle your fragile items on top. Make sure each item is wrapped individually as well as separated by a protective layer so that they cannot bump together and damage each other. Make sure to fill any empty space within the boxes as this will prevent items moving around too much during the move. You can do this by using packing peanuts or even shirts, towels or other soft items that will need to be packed anyway.
Label the box carefully – One you have securely packed up the items and sealed the box tightly with tape, be sure to clearly label the box as ‘fragile’ so that your movers will know to handle it with care. You may even want to make a note of the contents of the box so anyone who handles it is more aware of how to appropriately transport it. If you are not packing the moving car or van yourself you may even want to put a ‘this way up’ label on the box to prevent your fragile items being loaded incorrectly.
Be mindful and helpful – Remember that during moves accidents can happen. Movers will be as careful and professional as possible when handling your personal items but also do as much as you can to help them in return to keep your belongings safe. If there is a fragile item that you are very concerned about and do not want it to be damaged it is recommended that you pack this separately to everything else and perhaps carry it to your new destination yourself in a handbag or your own car.
Travel with care – Even if you feel like your items are totally safe within their boxes it is important to travel with care. When packing a car or van with your moving boxes put heavier items at the bottom and any lighter or fragile items on top. You do not want your fragile belongings to survive the packing process only to be crushed in transit to their new home. This may seem obvious but try to avoid dropping or shaking boxes unnecessarily. Avoid routes with ramps where possible and make sure you have a record of what is in each box so you don’t feel the urge to shake it and find out when there is no label!
The Benefits of Using Self Storage for Fragile Items
Self storage is the process of renting a storage unit for varying periods of time to store your belongings. This temporary storage can be extremely useful during a move as you can be confident that your fragile belongings are in a safe place until you are ready to collect them rather than being buried in a mass of furniture and moving boxes. In fact, there are many more benefits of using self storage, including the following:
- Self storage can provide you with additional storage space which is especially handy if there is a gap between moving out of your old house and into a new place.
- It can be used to store seasonal items or equipment that you don’t use regularly meaning you aren’t taking up space in your new location.
- Self storage units are typically more secure than leaving your belongings in a shed or garage, giving you peace of mind that they won’t get lost during the move.
FAQs About Packing Fragile Items for Moving
Can I pack breakable items with other belongings?
The best way to avoid breaking any fragile items during transport is by packing them in their own individual box or container. This will help to prevent them from being jostled around and damaged during transit. You can also use packing peanuts or bubble wrap as mentioned above to help protect them from breaking.
What should I do if I don’t have enough bubble wrap or packing peanuts?
There are a few different things you can do if you don’t have enough bubble wrap or packing peanuts. One option is to use crumpled up newspapers or cloth towels. You can also try packing your items in boxes and filling any empty spaces with socks, shirts or other items you will be moving to your new place anyway.
What is the best packing material for fragile items?
There are a few different types of packing materials that are good for protecting fragile items. These include bubble wrap, Styrofoam packing peanuts, foam sheets, and even blankets or towels. You’ll want to choose the material that will best protect your particular item from damage. For example, if you’re packing a vase, you’ll want to use bubble wrap or foam peanuts to make sure it doesn’t break in transit. But if you’re just packing plates, wrapping them in towels or separating them with a layer of foam will probably be sufficient. Just make sure whatever material you use is cushioning and will stop the contents from shifting around too much as this is how most damage happens.
Will a moving company take my fragile items?
Yes, a moving company will take your fragile items. However, you need to pack them correctly in order to protect them from damage. You should make sure they are labelled clearly as being fragile and you may even want to consider packing them in boxes specifically designated for fragile items.
How do you pack glass for moving?
There are a few different ways you can pack glass for moving. One option is to place each glass item in a newspaper or packing paper and wrap it tightly. Make sure to use plenty of wrapping so the glass doesn’t move around inside the package. You can also use bubble wrap or packing peanuts as this will prevent them from knocking together and chipping or smashing.
How do you transport delicate things?
There are a few different ways to transport delicate items, depending on the size and fragility of the items. For smaller delicate items, you can use the tips above to protect them from being damaged during transit. If you need to transport large or very fragile items, you may need to arrange for professional moving services or store the items at a self storage facility until your moving process is complete.
How do you pack fragile items without bubble wrap?
Wrapping fragile items in clothing is a great way to protect them during transit. For example, you can wrap a vase in a shirt or use socks to cushion bowls. Another option is to use crumpled newspaper as packing material. It’s an effective way to protect breakable items and it’s environmentally friendly because you can recycle the newspaper when you’re done.
So there you have it. Moving can be stressful, but packing your fragile items doesn’t have to be. With these tips, you’ll be able to pack and store your delicate belongings with ease.
And if you’re worried about where to keep them during your move, don’t worry – self storage is a great option that will keep your items safe and sound.
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