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7 Packing Tips for Fragile Items

The moving process naturally generates stress, so worrying about whether the boxes will arrive at the destination safely in one piece comes with the territory. Of all the boxes, the fragile boxes are most likely to arrive in less than perfect condition due to poor packing methods and rough transport. Pack fragile items correctly with these hacks.

Pack Fragile items in Adequate Boxes
Easy-to-carry small boxes keep fragile items snug with less room to move around during transport. Small boxes with thick cardboard act as a protective layer, absorbing jolts, bumps, and punctures to keep items safe. An example of a thick box is ‘dish packs.’ Avoid thin boxes.

Use Specialty Boxes for Special Items
Fragile boxes need adequate boxes to prevent accidents. For lamps, artwork, mirrors, musical instruments, and TVs, standard boxes aren’t adequate. If you kept the boxes containing the item, use it to transport the item. Otherwise, purchase specialty boxes for specialty items. A larger box protects special items better than snug boxes due to the extra room.

Wrap Items with Bubble Wrap
It’s become commonplace to wrap fragile items with bubble wrap. It keeps fragile items safe while addinga protective layerto prevent breakage from sudden and gradual movement. Although tedious, wrap each fragile item with bubble wrap to secure the item for safe transport. Tape the item securely.

Place Large Items on the Bottom
For best packing results, stack the items from largest to smallest. Place larger items in the box first. Place the smallest items in last. This approach prevents smaller items from damage and keeps the bottom part of the box supported.

Fill Box Space
In a fragile box, empty space is dangerous. Bubble wrapped or not, fragile items move around in a loose box. Pad the box tightly so movement is minimal. Line the bottom with newspaper or tissue paper to reduce shifting. Then, stuff loose areas or extra space around the box with newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts, socks, foam, towels, or packing paper. Stuff the insides of cups and glasses to reduce vibrations. Consider the stuffing an extra layer of protection against sudden and gradual movement.

Tape the Boxes Generously
Secure the package across the bottom outside, bottom edges, and the bottom inside with packing tape. Then line the bottom, add the items, and stuff loose areas. Close the box andtape the top and edgeswith packing tape.

Label the Box ‘Fragile’
Approach this tip by writing ‘fragile’ on the box or use tape with ‘fragile’ printed on it. Use a black permanent marker to write ‘fragile’ in large print on the top, sides, and bottom so it’s visible. Likewise, grab some fragile-marked tape from a shipping store and tape each fragile box.

It seems fragile boxes require extra care to arrive in the same condition as the remaining boxes. Items in the remaining boxes can withstand bumps and shakes on the moving van without breaking. Fragile items like glassware, dinnerware, and artwork cannot. Take the time to pack fragile items correctly.

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