Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to pack your moving boxes. Incorrectly packing your moving boxes can result in not only damage to your belongs, but also damage to your body! When you are getting ready to move, follow these simple tips to make your move easier on you and your belongings!
Step 1: Selecting and Preparing the Box
It may seem like the perfect idea when you are planning a move to ask around the office for boxes or to take a little trip to your local grocery store. But that would be your first mistake. Always start with new boxes. Used boxes can be weakened and break down in the middle of your move. Additionally, if you are using boxes that have previously stored food or groceries, there is no telling what critters could be hiding in your boxes. When purchasing your moving boxes and other packing supplies from 1Stop Pack N Ship, we will assist you in selecting the right size, number and thickness of boxes for your moving needs. We can even pack it for you.
Picking the size of box for the contents is crucial. A good rule of thumb is the heavier the items, the smaller the box. It is also crucial that all boxes have tops. If your boxes don’t have tops, they can’t be stacked and they can cause a hazard if they tip over.
Once you have the right box for your item(s), make sure you properly prep your box. Even if the box is already taped on the bottom, cover all seams on the bottom of your box with a good quality, heavy duty packing tape. Never use duct tape. Duct tape can stretch and create gaps large enough for items to slip through. When packing extremely heavy items, consider using a double box (a box inside a box).
When prepping your box, be aware of what the box is going to store. If it is going to store fragile or breakable objects, consider lining the inside of the box with bubble wrap or shredded newspaper. Note: never wrap fine china in newspaper or other printed paper.
Step 2: Packing the Box
When you are ready to pack your box, try to make the most of the available space without making the box too heavy. Place smaller items between larger ones. If items are not fragile or breakable, consider packing items inside of each other. Ensure that the heaviest items are on the bottom of the box, and the most fragile items are placed on top. Pack all dishes and fine china with bubble wrap or heavy packing paper. Always pack bowls and dishes upright. Do not mix items from different rooms into one box.
When packing clothes, use wardrobe boxes for closet items and suitcases for items in drawers. When packing electronics equipment, it is always advisable to pack the equipment in the original packaging, if available. If not, wrap all equipment in bubble wrap before boxing.
Step 3: Sealing the Box
Always tape the top of your box shut, do not interlace the flaps. Also consider the method of travel for the box. If the box will be transported via air, the boxes may also need to be wrapped in plastic.
Step 4: Labeling the Box
Ensure that your box is labelled on the top of the box as well as the sides. When boxes are delivered, they will likely be stacked on top of each other. Having labels on the sides of the boxes can save you a tedious amount of shifting to get to what you needed. Label the box with a room identifier as well as with major contents. Also ensure that you identify boxes that contain delicate items by labeling the box as “Fragile”.
We hope that these tips have taught you how to pack the perfect moving box. For even more helpful tips on moving and packing, as well as a host of other items, check out the 1Stop Pack N Ship blog.