How To Pack A Box

  1. Determine what needs to be packed in a box and what will be padded and wrapped by your movers. As a general rule your movers will take care of all furniture and major appliances.
  2. Go room by room and group items of similar size and weight. Keeps rooms in separate boxes will make it easier to unpack on their other end.
  3. First, pour a layer of packing peanuts or place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of the box for cushioning.
  4. Wrap heaviest items first with bubble wrap or packing paper and place them in the bottom of the box.
    • Wrapping Tip: Start by placing a small stack of paper on a table or countertop. Glasses and jars can be rolled up in two or three sheets of paper; always begin from a corner of the sheet and fold the sides in as you roll.
    • For large or odd-shaped items place them in the center of the sheet and bring the corners together. (It may be necessary to flip the item over and wrap it again from the other side.) If in doubt, use more paper! When the corners come together, secure them with tape.
  5. Wrap additional, lighter items with bubble wrap or packing paper and separate them from items in the bottom of the box with cushion foam.
  6. Fill in any voids and top off loaded cartons with wadded paper. Then tape cartons securely to avoid shifting while en route.
  7. Before closing your box, cushion the entire package filling lany voids and the top with packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper to prevent shifting and damage to your goods.
  8. Your filled box should not weigh more than about 30 pounds. Under packed boxes may collapse in transit, while over packed boxes can rupture, damaging belongings.
  9. Close the box and seal it with sturdy packing tape.
  10. Label the box with its contents and destination room.