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How to Properly Pack Your Belongings

Published on 2020-06-08

Moving is a big job that not only requires time and patience, but proper packing procedures as well. Without them, you’ll find that many items, especially delicate ones, will be destroyed. Below you’ll discover five tips you can keep in mind when it comes to making sure your belongings are safe during their journey.

5 Tips for Safely Moving Your Belongings

Invest in Durable Materials

One of the most important things to do when packing your belongings is to use high-quality materials. While some options might be cheap, these often can’t withstand the heavy wear and tear moving brings which means they won’t be able to protect the contents inside.

Some great packing materials to use are bubble wrap, towels, newspapers, and plastic tubs. While cardboard boxes are good they can be a little flimsy, especially if they are thin and inexpensive ones. Because of this, it might be worth investing in pricey cardboard boxes that tend to be thicker and more durable.

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Pack Similar Items Together

Another way to ensure your items stay safe is to pack similar items together. This will keep them away from objects that might otherwise damage them. You’ll also want to make sure to put the heaviest items at the bottom of the box or container so they don’t crush delicate ones. Packing similar items together also helps make unpacking much easier because everything is in one place.

Always Label the Boxes

Many homeowners don’t label their moving boxes, something which can come back to haunt them. Labeling boxes not only helps you to know the contents inside, but allows movers to quickly deliver them to the appropriate room.

When labeling your boxes make sure to also mark if there are any fragile items inside. This will help the movers to know they need to be gentle with them.

Put Toiletries in Sealable Plastic Bags

Toiletries can be somewhat temperamental items to pack. If you’re not careful, they might end up exploding which could result in a very nasty mess.

By zipping them up in sealable plastic bags, you’ll be able to protect them from movements that might crack them or tear them apart. Plastic bags also safeguard other contents surrounding the toiletries in case they do end up breaking.

Never Fill a Box Up to the Top

It might be tempting to stuff as many items as you can in a box but this can pose a few problems. One is that too many articles inside could end up smashing it. The other is that the box might end up being too heavy and could make it very difficult for both you and the movers to transport.

When filling up a box you ideally should set a weight limit of 50 pounds. You should also leave about 1-3 inches free at the top. This way, when you go to open the box, especially with sharp utility knives, you won’t have to worry about damaging anything resting near the cover.

It’s not easy to move, but by keeping these five tips in mind you can make sure that the packing process goes smoothly. You could also consider contacting Three Movers if you prefer to have professionals do the hard work for you.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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