Packing Specific Items
Keeping your Items Safe
Next to selecting the right-sized moving cartons, the use of proper packing materials is equally important. Our National Van Lines professionals always use the highest quality packing supplies to provide optimal protection for all your belongings, including furniture, mirrors, and other specialty items. Below are some ideas for packing specific items.
Tips for Proper Packing
In the Kitchen
- Plates, Saucers, and Flat China – Wrap individually and then bundle three or four together. Stand on-end in carton, and never lay flat. Use larger items as the bottom layer, and place crumpled, clean newsprint cushioning between each layer.
- Bowls and Other Odd-Shaped Items – Individually wrap each item for added protection. Everyday cereal or salad bowls may be nested together after they have been wrapped. Heavier bowls, such as mixing bowls, may be placed near the bottom or middle of the carton. Lighter, more delicate bowls should make up the upper layers. Place upside down, bottoms facing up.
- Cups and Glasses – Pack near the top of your boxes, rim down, and individually wrapped.
- Glassware and Crystal – Individually wrap and place in the top layer. Never nest one piece inside of the other. For particularly fragile pieces, pack and cushion in smaller, separate cartons. Place the smaller carton inside of larger ones with generous newsprint cushioning.
Your Media Room
- Books, DVDs, and Other Media – Pack flat or upright with open edges and bound ends alternating. For books with fragile covers, wrap first in newsprint.
Tips for Packing Clothing
- Clothing – Consider hanging expensive clothing in wardrobe cartons. Some clothing may stay in dressers, if the dresser is sturdy, but don’t overload drawers. Other folded clothing may be placed in medium cartons.
- Hats – Pack in a larger carton if the items are in hat boxes. If not, loosely stuff with crushed paper and pack in the smallest cartons available.
Packing Dry Food Items
- Dry Food – Boxed dry food items should be packed in medium cartons with openings taped shut to prevent spillage. Jars or canned goods should be packed in book cartons. Make sure jars are wrapped and cushioned with newsprint. Never pack or move perishable or frozen foods.
Packing Electronics Safely
- Computers, CD players, Radios and Other Electronics – Carefully wrap and cushion these items. Then place them in medium or large cartons. Larger electronic pieces, such as television sets, computer monitors, and entertainment systems need to be padded by your driver and moved as furniture. If possible, all computer equipment should be repacked in original cartons to provide maximum protection.
Packing Furniture Items
- Lamp Bases – Wrap and cushion items, then pack in dish pack cartons. Lamp shades should be individually packed in appropriately sized cartons. Do not overstuff cartons with too much newsprint as shades can dent easily. Remember to cushion loosely.
- Mirrors, Marble Tops, Glass Tops, and Pictures – Pack in mirror/picture cartons unless they are small enough to be individually wrapped and placed with other fragile items in larger cartons. When placing in other cartons, place on edge, not flat. Large marble or glass table tops often require a special crate and professional handling. The weight makes these items impractical to be packed into a corrugated carton.
Packing Miscellaneous Items
- Dried Flowers – Pack alone in the appropriately-sized carton, loosely cushioned with crumpled newsprint. Live plants cannot be transported aboard the moving van. Discuss your specific needs with your professional National Van Lines moving team.
To learn more about packing specific items or more tips on how to pack your belongings, contact National Van Lines by calling 877-590-2810.