Whether you’re moving across town or to a new state, it’s important to make sure you pack everything properly to prevent breakage. Here’s a couple tips to keep in mind as you pack your belongings.
Invest in good materials
First of all, make sure you have plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap. Look on sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, oftentimes people are willing to get rid of packing materials for free! You can also use these sites to look for good sturdy boxes. Don’t get old boxes, try to get ones that look new as these will provide the most protection.
Secondly, don’t pack haphazardly. Sometimes when we’re in a hurry, we pack sloppily. Give yourself plenty of time to pack. Use things like pillows and towels to cushion breakables. Don’t pack heavy items on top of light ones. And make sure you clearly mark boxes that shouldn’t be stacked or need to be handled with care! It may seem like extra work, but taking the time to pack carefully really pays off when your belongings arrive safely.
Another way to prevent damage is to not under-pack or over-pack. If you don’t put enough items in a box to fill it, it will buckle when boxes are stacked on top. If you put too many items in it, glass items and breakables can get crushed. In order to know if you’ve packed it the correct amount, try closing the flaps on top. If they lay flat on top of the contents without force, go ahead and tape the box shut.
Lastly, consider purchasing insurance for valuable items. Despite your best efforts, some items may still break in transit. You’ll be glad you paid for those items to be covered so you can buy new ones.