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Packing Hints

China & Glassware

Use a Dish Pack carton for china and glassware. Place plenty of cushioning material in bottom of carton. Then wrap each piece individually using several sheets of paper. Start from the corner, wrapping diagonally, continuously tucking in overlapping edges. After wrapping each piece individually, wrap four to six in a bundle with a double layer of newspaper. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row, standing them on edge.

The larger china and glass plates, platters, and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in the box. Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls could make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items, making sure to rest them in the box upright, using sufficient cushioning. Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundles to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Always remember, the heavier pieces go on the bottom! Stand shallow bowls on edge in the carton and deep ones (such as mixing bowls) nested two or three together, upside down on their top rims.

Cups and glassware should be wrapped in a double layer of paper and placed upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer within the box with all the handles facing upward in the same direction.


Because books are heavy, be sure to use small cartons. Pack on edge, alternating bound edge to open edge. Pack books of same general size together.


After removing the light bulb, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in tissue paper or bubble wrap (never use newspaper) and place together in a carton filling spaces with crushed paper. Carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of fresh tissue paper, a pillowcase or large lightweight towel. More than one lamp or shade can be packed in a carton if properly protected. Large, Tiffany-style lamp shades and chandeliers should be crated when moved.

Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Mirrors, Paintings, etc.

Leave it to the professionals. It is best to consult with your move coordinator about obtaining custom made cartons or crates for these types of items. All are easily damaged. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.

Footwear and Clothing

Footwear may be left in shoe boxes and placed into large cartons. Footwear should be cushioned to avoid damage occurring to high heels or shoe decorations. Do not pack heavy items on top of shoes.

Clothing may be left on hangers and transported in wardrobe cartons. If wardrobes are not used, each garment should be removed from the hanger, folded and placed in a suitcase or a carton lined with clean paper. Some lightweight clothing such as hose, lingerie and sweaters may be left in dresser drawers.

It is recommended that you take furs or high-value items with you, rather than packing them for transportation on the moving van.

Linen and Bedding

Because they are lightweight, these items can be used for padding delicate items or folded and packed in larger cartons. Line the box with clean paper, and place the linens in a large plastic bag for protection. Place in cartons and label appropriately.

Special mattress cartons in various sizes are available. Pillows may be placed in dresser drawers or packed in cartons.

Draperies, Curtains and Rugs

Draperies and curtains may also be folded and packed in larger cartons, lined with clean paper. Another alternative is to place on hangers, and pack curtains and drapes in a wardrobe carton. Leave rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle. If they have just returned from the cleaners, leave them rolled. Carpets will be rolled and secured prior to placing them on the moving van.

Photographs and Valuables

If possible, carry all valuables and photos with you to destination. If you must pack photographs, wrap framed photos with padding and cushioning, and like your dishes, stand them on edge in the box.

Small Appliances

Small clocks, radios and similar items can be packed in the same carton, or in with the linens. These items should be wrapped individually, using several pieces of paper, and should be placed in the packed carton with plenty of crushed paper.

Larger Appliances

Pre-move preparation is required for many major appliances. All appliances must be dry before loading.


Hand tools may be left in toolboxes, the spaces filled with crushed paper, or the tools may be packed according to general packing rules. Always use small cartons because the tools are generally heavy.

Long handled garden tools, as well as brooms and mops, should be bundled together securely. Attachments should be removed from power tools and packed separately.


Take only those things you are sure will travel well. Do not take anything perishable. In the winter months, do not take anything that may freeze and burst. For long distance relocations, we recommend giving away or donate canned and perishable foods and replenishing your supply upon arrival at your new home.

If you decide to take pantry items, remember to seal the open boxes of dried or powdered foods such as rice, macaroni and cereals with tape. Small containers of herbs and spices, condiments, gelatin, flavorings, etc. should be placed together in a small box before packing into a larger container. Cover holes of shaker type containers and seal with tape. Place items in plastic bags and tape securely for extra protection.

Since canned goods are heavy, the amount placed in one carton should be limited. It is good practice to place these canned items on the bottom of a box containing several other light items.

What Not to Pack
  • Combustible liquids
  • Corrosive liquids
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Acids
  • Antifreeze compounds
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning liquids
  • Auto batteries (not in vehicle)
  • Explosives
  • Flammables
  • Black powder, primers
  • Adhesives (glue, cement)
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammunition
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Dynamite or any type of explosive
  • Gasoline/diesel fuel
  • Hand signal flares
  • Gases, compressed
  • Weed killer
  • Engine starting fluids
  • Kerosene
  • Gases used in welding
  • Lighter fluids
  • Scuba diving tanks (un-purged)
  • Matches
  • Propane tanks (un-purged)
  • Paint removers or thinners
  • Stain, lacquer, varnish
  • Valuables
  • Stocks
  • Food items
  • Currency
  • Perishable foods
  • Jewelry
  • Stamp, coin or other collections
  • Houseplants
  • Living plants of any kind