How to safely pack fragile items?

A small wooden chest on a white surface.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably getting ready for moving to Lake Worth or somewhere else in Florida! That may be a great change in your life, but let’s be honest – it’s a really big chore. You probably hadn’t considered just how big of a job moving would be, and now it’s caught you off guard. More and more, you begin to do things sloppily. But there are some chores that you really have to be focused on, in order to complete successfully. And packing is definitely one of those! When you’re preparing to pack your home, you really want to pay attention to how you’re going to safely pack fragile items. And that’s precisely what we’re going to help you with!

Protecting your items properly

If you’re asking us, this is definitely something you want to pay attention to. It’s one thing to take your clothes out of wardrobes, fold and pack them into boxes. After all, that’s something that takes effort, but you do it with almost no thought. But when you start packing your breakable items, you’ll see that this is a task that requires a bit more innovation. So the first question you should be asking yourself is – what moving supplies should you use? For starters, we recommend getting the right packing protection:

  • Paper is the cheapest option – We know how expensive moving can be; there are a hundred smaller costs that gather up to a form a mountain of deficit. That’s why you may want to save money on packing materials. And if that’s the case, paper is cheap, and a great choice! Just crumple up any old notebooks, papers, magazines, and you’ve got your packing protection!
  • Packing peanuts – If you’re willing to spend a little more money than you would on paper, foam packing peanuts are a more commercial option. After all, they were specifically designed as packing protection for people who want to safely pack fragile items.
  • Starch pellets – Finally, for those of you who actively think about the environment – you can get packing protection for your items without any pollution or tree-cutting! There are great cornstarch pellets out there, that do the job just as fine as packing peanuts!
A stack of old newspapers, which will be used to safely pack fragile items.
Old newspapers are a great source of paper for packing protection!

Boxing isn’t just a combat sport

Okay, now that you’ve finished worrying about packing protection – let’s talk about what you’re actually going to put your stuff in! Or, more specifically, what kind of boxes you’ll need. Generally speaking, cardboard boxes are really a staple of the moving business – there’s no material out there that is simultaneously cheap and durable enough for mass production. That’s why we don’t recommend straying too far from this solution – while there are some who use plastic bins for moving, we don’t really see the need. And also, general-purpose large plastic bins may not be a good choice, seeing as you’re looking to safely pack fragile items.

What you need are boxes – and lots of them. When you figure out how many you need, make sure to get a few extra in case of any ripping or breaking. Also, consider something – fragile items tend to have awkward shapes for moving, like glass mirrors and large flatscreen TVs. Or maybe a thin vase? Don’t worry though, there are solutions out there for you. You can find premade boxes with specific shapes for such common breakable things.

Labeling after you safely pack fragile items

Okay, so you’ve bought all the materials and equipment you’ll need to safely pack fragile items. But there’s one last thing you really don’t want to forget: labeling markers. This may seem like a small thing now, but by the end of your move, you’ll appreciate how important it is. If you haven’t relocated before, you’ll soon learn something – moving is a pretty anarchic process. No matter how well you plan things out, you simply can’t control everything. That’s why it’s important to anticipate problems and solve them in advance.

Or, to be more specific in the case of packing breakables – it’s really important you label them properly. Why? Because you won’t be moving your boxes yourself, remember? You’ll probably have licensed Florida movers doing that. And no matter how well you pack your stuff, it’s important to handle it with care. That’s why you need to make sure the movers you hire will know what boxes contain breakable items. In that case, they’ll pay more attention to how they handle those.

Rows of wine glasses.
Arrange your glassware nicely, if you want to safely pack fragile items.

General tips

Lastly, we’d like to give you some general tips that’ll be useful to you during the process of packing. You should know – it’s not just important to get the right packing protection. With so many things to do, it’s easy to just focus on ticking off items on your moving checklist. But when it comes to packing materials – it’s really much more important how you end up using them. For example – if you’re using paper for protection, use as much as you can. One layer of paper is really no packing protection at all, while multiple layers are useful. And that goes for any other wrapping material you’re using – they tend to be thin.

Also, don’t just put your fragile items in the boxes right away. If you’ve bought corn starch or foam peanuts, fill the bottom of the box with them first. You want to create some nice cushioning so the bottom part of your items isn’t exposed. Then you place the items, and afterward, fill the box with the rest of the foam. And it’s really important you fill the box to the brim – after you’ve packed it, shake it a bit to see if the items inside are moving. If so, definitely pack them more tightly.

A broken ceramic jug on a white surface.
If you don’t devote attention to packing, you risk breaking something valuable!