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How To Pack Dishes

July 12th, 2013 - 2:00 PM

What’s the best way to pack dishes?

If you’re moving long distance and saving money by doing a U-Pack self-move, it’s important to know how to pack your dishes so they travel safely and securely across the country. Today, let’s take a look at some tips on how the experts pack dishes for moving.


The right supplies for packing dishes

Getting the right supplies means buying moving boxes that can handle the weight of your dishes.

No doubt someone will pass on the advice that you can save money by picking up used boxes from the grocery store. We recommend against that, and here’s why: grocery store boxes weren’t designed to hold fragile items like dishes. Plus, it’s impossible to know what kind of shape they’re in (not to mention what’s been in them).

Instead, plan to use dish pack boxes for packing your dishes. They’re ideal because they’re designed with reinforced walls and adjustable dividers to provide extra protection.

If dish pack boxes aren’t available, you can use small- or medium-size boxes instead. You’ll also need packing paper, packing tape, and a marker. For added protection, you may also consider using bubble wrap.

Let’s Get Packing!

Before you put the dishes in the box

  • Place a layer of crushed packing paper in the bottom of the box for cushion.

Packing the dishes

  • Wrap each item individually using several sheets of packing paper.
  • Place the item being wrapped in the middle of the paper and start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in the overlapping edges.
  • If a glass bowl has a lid, wrap the base first, then place the lid upside down on top of the bowl and wrap the lid and base together with a double layer of paper.
  • Plates and bowls should always be stacked vertically, as if in a dishwasher, rather than flat like in a cupboard.
  • If you are wrapping multiple plates or bowls of the same size, put a sheet of packing paper between two plates/bowls, stack them on top of one another, and wrap them together with a double layer of packing paper.
  • When packing odd-shaped items like pitchers, protect handles by rolling up packing paper, wrapping it around the handle, and securing it with tape. Then wrap the rest of the item in a double-layer of packing paper.
  • Cups should be wrapped individually with an extra layer of packing paper to protect handles. Pack them upside down inside the box.
  • Divide the dishes into layers, packing the heavier items on the bottom and the lighter items on the top.
  • Once the box is packed tight, close it and give it a slight shake. If there is movement, add more crushed packing paper.
  • Tape the box closed.

After you pack the dishes

  • Label all four sides of the box with the name of the room, what’s inside the box, and the words “FRAGILE – DISHES” and “THIS SIDE UP.”

If you have more questions about how to pack dishes or your other belongings, let us know! Or, if you would like a free moving quote to see how much a “you pack, we drive” move costs with U-Pack, give us a call at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below. We look forward to helping you!

More of U-Pack’s “How to Pack” resources:

The complete beginners guide to packing
How to pack china
How to pack and move collectibles

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How to pack electronics
How to pack clothing
How to pack jewelry
How to move a mattress
How to move a desk