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The Complete Beginners Guide to Packing

July 10th, 2013 - 2:29 PM

How to Pack the Right Way

When you use a service like U-Pack—where you do the packing—it’s super important to make sure you’re up-to-speed on the tips and techniques that help you pack like a pro.

Over the next several days, we’ll focus on giving you step-by-step instructions on how to pack and move some common items like electronics, appliances, books, bicycles, and furniture. But we’re going to go a step further and take a look at some uncommon things – like pianos, arcade games, collectibles, pool tables and sewing machines.

Today, let’s start with some basic packing tips, just to get you moving in the right direction. Then, check back throughout the week because we’ll go into a lot more detail on specific types of items. And if we haven’t covered an item you need to move, please let us know!

Before we get started with the packing tips, take a look this “Packing Tips” video. It’s super helpful.

These are items you’ll need to start packing for your move

And these are things to keep in mind while you’re packing

  • Use boxes made for moving – not grocery store boxes. They’re typically not sturdy enough and they sometimes carry bugs and/or odors.
  • Avoid packing in plastic totes. Because they can’t be stacked edge-to-edge they’re more susceptible to being crushed under the weight of other items.
  • 40 lbs. is the ideal max weight for packed boxes. Heavier boxes can be very difficult to carry.
  • Pack in layers by placing the heaviest items on the bottom and lightest on top.
  • Pack boxes tightly; the cover should close easily without bulging outward or bending inward.
  • Pack heavy items into smaller boxes (i.e. books, canned food, etc.).
  • Put a 2” to 3” layer of crushed packing paper in the bottom and top of each box for extra cushioning.
  • Add extra protection by wrapping items in packing paper or bubble wrap before placing it in the box.  
  • Fragile items should be wrapped individually (in packing paper) and placed in small boxes. If you want to go all out and add extra protection, you could also place the small boxes into a large box and fill spaces with crushed paper.  
  • Put small pieces like screws, bolts, remote controls, etc., in small sandwich bags and label them so you’ll know what they are and where they belong.
  • Before you put the final strip of tape on the box, give it a gentle shake – if you hear a rattle, use more crushed packing paper.
  • When it’s ready to be sealed, tape each seam for extra stability.

Now you’re ready to start packing! If you haven’t considered U-Pack for your move – maybe you should! Doing your own packing, loading and unloading is a great way to save money when you’re moving long distance. And as you can see, packing can be easy!

You can get an instant moving quote online, or give us a call at 800-413-4799. We’ll be happy to help!

Don’t forget to check back this week for more packing tips!