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Packing Tips that will Change your Shipping or Moving Experience

It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving to a new home or sending a gift. The procedure of packing a box in the right way is the same. The main goal when packing a box is to protect the contents and make sure it reaches its destination. You need to learn how to box up items securely if you are always running into problems whenever you ship your package. The following tips will be help you regain your packaging confidence as well as prevent avoidable mishaps.

  1. Pick the right packaging materials

Pick the right packaging materials

Get the right boxes

You could go for new boxes or used ones that have not worn out. Well, if you decide you are going to get used boxes don’t go for worn cartons because they will disappoint you. Instead, get liquor store boxes that can withstand heavy weights as well as support glass items, although, the boxes are only used once. You could also get new shipping boxes.

Get specially designed containers

Dishes needs to be handled carefully along with other fragile items and dish barrel box will help you to do that. It is designed with dividers as well as thick protective sides to keep your fragile items intact.

Get the right tape


Masking tapes and adhesive are not good choices for your packaging needs. Get the right packaging tape which is at least two inch-wide and use it to reinforce the bottom of your boxes and any seams.

Foam peanuts, paper, bubble wrap can help

The above materials will help your belongings stay intact and avoid movement which could cause breakage. You can use a newspaper but stiffer white packaging paper will do better owing to the fact that it is not easily flattened.

  1. Pick the right size box

Pick the right size box

Pack starting from the bottom going up

First, ensure the box you choose is bigger in size than the item you want to ship. Build a bubble wrap or a crumpled paper layer at the bottom and start packing heaviest items first. The lightest items should come on top.

Pack items tightly

Surround your items with foam peanuts or wedge paper and before closing the box, build a padding layer on top.

Watch the weight of a box

30 pounds is a suitable weight of a full box. In case the box weighs 30 pounds and it is not yet full, fill it up with packing materials as well as other items. While you are ensuring you are not under-packing a container, ensure you don’t over-pack because it could burst open.

Seal and label

Seal the box tightly and start labeling it. Stick a shipping label on the top, side and bottom of packages. In the case of moving boxes, each box should have a label containing a list of contents and its destination.

  1. Finally, organize your packing

Finally, organize your packing

Avoid room mix-ups

When you’re moving, put a number of boxes in each room. When packing, don’t package items from multiple areas in one box. The boxes in each room should be used to pack items from the respective rooms and with the help of labels, movers will know the destination of each box.

Be a smart shipper

If an item is fragile or delicate, it doesn’t have to be gift wrapped. For its security, pack it with pillows or even towels.

Get the right carrier

Do your research and compare services as well as rates from different carriers.


Using Old Cardboard Boxes

You probably have some old boxes lying around, whether they’re shipping boxes or cheap moving boxes. Though you probably consider it clutter or junk at first, take a second before you toss the cardboard because we’ve come up with a few ways to use these throughout the year when the time calls for them. Check out our suggestions below.

Garage sale bins.
When you host a garage sale, some smaller items may need a place to sit together instead of being strewn about a table. Enter your cardboard boxes. By having a designated container, you can place a price sign on the outside of the box saying A) what’s within the box and B) how much they cost.


This could go for quite honestly anything that would fit in cardboard boxes, ranging from paperback books and binders to old pairs of shoes and socks.

Flower trays.
When you’re going shopping for some smaller flowers, the nursery often has them placed in small plastic pots. These can be unwieldy to carry or tote around, so having a cardboard box handy is quite useful. You can throw 6 to 10 small potted flowers in your box and carry them around while you look at other things.

Just as well, it’s useful to have a box at home so that you can carry your gardening tools around. It may be a decent trip from the front yard to the back, and you don’t want to have to make multiple trips to carry all those tools and flowers.


Hauling old electronics to recycling center.

First off, did you know electronic recycling was a thing? I didn’t for a long while. But it’s extremely valuable to the environment to recycle your electronics primarily because of battery and plastic waste. While not every recycling center does eRecycling, you can most likely find one somewhere near you that will take your old TVs, computers, and video game consoles. This is the perfect time to have some old shipping boxes handy so that you can pile the corded mess in, hand it over to the recycling center, and feel good about your green actions.

Old cardboard boxes can be used for just about anything. So the next time you buy a new item or have something shipped to you in cardboard, put it away for later rather than throwing it away now. You’ll always get some use out of it.

Packing Tips For Moving

If you are about to make a move, there are several different things that you can do to have yourself well-prepared, well-organized, and hopefully feeling as stress-free as possible:

Start Packing Immediately

First, you need to decide if you are going to do your own packing.  This saves people a lot of money during a move, which they usually use towards the moving truck and crew.  Once you hash out those major details, start packing!  You can really never start too soon.  Also, start acquiring a large collection of packaging and shipping boxes- you always need more than you think you will!


Packing Standards

Whatever moving company you use will be inspecting how you’ve packed your boxes, and they will actually refuse to move anything that does not meet certain standards.  Make sure that all of your boxes are properly sealed.  Remember all those packaging and shipping boxes you’ve been working on accumulating?  Going through your attic and garage are really the times you are going to need to dip in to the stash- any ruined or soiled boxes will not be moved.  If you hear rattling inside a box, so will the movers, and they won’t move it because they won’t want to be blamed for breaking anything.  Use plenty of padding to fill up extra space inside of the boxes.

What Not to Pack?

Furniture and appliances usually get wrapped and padded by the movers.  If you have items that need to be professionally disassembled, like pool tables or chandeliers, make sure that gets done ahead of time.  Items like pianos and safes require specialty movers.  Also, movers are forbidden by law to move any hazardous materials, including ammunition.

Everything You Need to Know about Boxes
Basically, choose good ones.  Shipping boxes usually work great for a move because they are a little more heavy-duty than your average cardboard boxes, and you can even by them from online retailers in bulk for pretty cheap.

Tips From Movers

  • Have all of your packing completed the evening before the move
  • Keep all parts and pairs together: curtain rods, mirror bolts, any furniture hardware… It should all be taped together or put in smaller baggies and then kept in the same spot.
  • Fasten electrical cords so that they aren’t dangling
  • Don’t use newspaper on fine china as the ink rubs off and imbeds itself into the items
  • Pack fragile items and small items in smaller boxes, like shoeboxes, and then put those in a larger box
  • Making sure that boxes do not weigh more than 50 pounds