How to pack fragile items when moving

How to pack fragile items when moving? Well, moving is a very complex, laborious and arduous task. People often overlook packing in the moving phase. What is even more alarming is that the only safeguard that protects people’s belongings is packing. That’s why it’s extremely important not to skip this part. Not to mention fragile items, which have to be particularly taken care of when packing. In that regard, Cross Country Moving Group is a broker company that can find the moving company you need.

It doesn’t matter if you need to pack pool tables, pianos or anything in between. With our years of experience, we will find the right person for the job.

How to pack fragile items
Items labeled “fragile” get preferential handling if you’re sending unusual shipments that are fragile or for other mailable content that needs extra care.


Make a plan 

Your best course of action is to firstly make a plan. Make a to-do list of all the items you want to relocate. Then sort them by priority. Ask yourself with what item I cannot live without? You do not want to be in a situation where you have to pack your most valuable items one day prior to the actual move. Or even worse – on the day of the move. That’s why making a list of items you need to pack is a really smart idea.

So you have made a list of absolute essentials? Well, everything that is left is excess. Now you can start decluttering. A really helpful method here can be the KonMari method. After you are left with items you have no use of either donate, recycle, give them away to people who need them.

Gather the supplies 

After you know “what” you going to move, you need the “how”. That is, you need to know what supplies you are going to need to pack those items in. Depending on your list, you might have to buy cardboard boxes, tape, paper, and a marker. That being said, you will also need a different type of box, depending on what you need to move. One box does not fit all. That is why you need to pack the right tools for the job.

Pack fragile items when moving

We are now ready to pack! The first thing most people do when packing fragile items is to place them inside the box. That is wrong! Foremost you must secure the box from breaking. That’s why you need to place an old blanket on the bottom of the box. Then cover the inside of the box with a newspaper, and/or bubble wrap. Then wrap the actual fragile item in the newspaper, bubble wraps, and blankets. If you want to be extra secure, do this twice.

As a general rule of thumb, you do not want to overstuff the boxes with items. Pack the items in several boxes so they remain intact during the move and don’t hit on each other during the actual relocation. But also you do not want to have empty space in the box. Since this would leave room for the fragile objects to jiggle. That’s why you want to fill all the empty space with blankets or bubble wrap. When carrying these boxes move them as steadily as possible, making sure to be as careful as possible not to bang on the boxes unnecessarily.

Get your scissors, bubble wrap, packing paper and boxes ready!
Time to pack your tools!

Pack fragile items when moving:

Not every fragile item is the same. Therefore, some are easier to pack than others. On the other hand, some require a different packing procedure altogether. That’s why we compiled a list of the most common household fragile items that you might encounter whilst packing. In the hopes that you will find exactly what you are looking for.

Packing plates

You should place the plates, vertically in smaller cardboard boxes. The plates should be wrapped with protective paper. As for wrapping the actual plates goes, make sure they are secured in bubble wrap. Place the newspaper in between each of the plates. However,  make sure not to overpack the box.

Packing glasses

When packing jugs, mugs, and glasses, make sure to pack each glass individually with packing paper, and stuff the inner of the glass with crumpled paper to prevent any unnecessary damages to your kitchen supplies. As for packing glasses in boxes, the same goes as for packing plates. Make sure you place them in smaller boxes which are covered top and bottom with bubble wrap and packing paper. While making sure you place the heavier jugs and mugs on the bottom of the box, and the lighter ones on top.

Packing lamps

You should place lamps flat side down in the box. Box size will vary, depending on the size of the lamp, but generally, a large box will be necessary. For a matter of course, make sure the box is stuffed with bubble wrap where appropriate.

Packing pictures

You should place pictures and picture frames in smaller boxes. Wrapped in packing paper. With crumbled newspaper in between each painting or frame.  Anything larger than 3 feet in size should be packed separately and secured with moving blankets and bubble wrap.

Label it!

After you have finished packing, make sure to label every box that has fragile items in them. Label the boxes in a manner everyone can notice! Do it multiple times if necessary. This shows the movers and yourself, to keep extra attention whilst moving these special items.

Make sure you protect your artwork properly, so you can enjoy it for many years to come

What is the best way to pack fragile items when moving?

When someone asks as to pack fragile items, we always recommend them to hire a moving company. The reason being is that they will provide you with all the necessary supplies, and they will also pack all your items properly. These are people who do this on a regular basis, and have a lot of experience with packing and moving fragile things. That’s why you do not want to gamble with packing fragile things on your own risk. However, if you do want to do that, make sure the following. First, place a blanket inside the box. Secondly, wrap the fragile object in bubble wrap. Thirdly, cover the remaining space of the box with crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap. Lastly, tape up the box and label it fragile.

Also, do not try to stuff everything in two or three boxes. Play it safe – use a lot of tape, paper, and boxes. And with a bit of luck, at the end of the day, your beloved items will make it to your new home in one piece.