One of the parts that homeowners struggle with the most in the moving process is figuring out how to properly pack a box. Just like you wouldn’t stack 5 lbs. of potatoes on top of a loaf of bread at the supermarket, there are many small mistakes people make when getting their items ready to move.

Gather Your Packing Supplies

Star by gathering high-quality packing supplies. In general, you should purchase:

  • Clear packing tape to seal boxes
  • Masking tape to secure wrapping around valuables
  • Packing peanuts and/or packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic wrap to wrap any toiletries or items that might leak
  • Markers for labeling boxes
  • Boxes

There is no one-size-fits all method for determining how many boxes you should purchase, as every home has a different amount of items inside. It’s better to buy too many boxes than not enough. Purchase a variety of sizes, including small, medium, large and extra-large boxes.

What’s Inside Counts

If you want to properly pack a box, you should focus on the order that you place objects inside, the weight of the box and how you are wrapping each item. When packing a box:

  • Start each box with a layer of crumpled paper or packing peanuts on the very bottom of the box. This extra cushion will keep items from touching the bottom of the box in the event that the box gets dirty or it is placed down too hard.
  • Place any soft items directly into the box without padding. Things like towels, blankets and pillows don’t need any extra cushion to prevent damage.
  • Individually wrap all delicate appliances and technology items. Depending on what the item is, it might be practical to use a combination of packing paper, bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Take the time to tape the paper or bubble wrap around each item to prevent it from falling off.
  • Check the weight so that no box is over 30-50 lbs. in weight.
  • Always place heavy items on the bottom and lighter items on top of the box.
  • Don’t forget to label the box with what room it should be placed in before sealing it up.
  • Pack books and DVDs vertically so that the spine is pointed downwards to maximize space and minimize damage.
  • If packing liquids in a book-sized box, tape lids shut. Also, note that liquids are inside on the outside of the box.
  • Whenever you are placing delicate items inside, like picture frames, wrap them in packing paper to prevent damage to neighboring items. 

Help Properly Packing a Box from Perry Moving & Storage

Perry Moving & Storage is the preferred moving and storage company of Baltimore and Washington businesses and homeowners. To learn more about how our state-of-the-art trucks, equipment and moving supplies can make your office relocation smooth and seamless, call us today at (410) 799-0022.