The act of packing a box seems elementary until it comes to something odd-shaped or really heavy. Here are a few favorite tips on good packing.

Pack Efficiently

  • Limit boxes, when possible, to a maximum weight of 50 pounds.
  • Wrap items carefully.
  • Provide plenty of cushioning to absorb shock.
  • Use sturdy boxes that close.
  • Make sure boxes do not bend or bulge.
  • Keep items in the same room together.

The Basics of Packing

  • Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things that are not used often. Lastly, pack the things you’ll need until moving day.
  • Empty drawers of breakables or anything that would puncture or damage other items. However, blankets, clothing, towels and similar soft items may be left in drawers.
  • Pack similar items together.
  • Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use a double layer of newspaper for a good outer wrapping.
  • Place a 3 inch layer of crushed paper in the bottom of a carton.
  • Heavy items on bottom, light items on top.
  • Pack small, fragile, individually wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper.
  • Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper.
  • Avoid overloading cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
  • Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items listed on United’s High-Value Inventory form. These must be left open for the van operator’s inspection.
  • As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while cartons are stacked) and in a special notebook. You might want to number and/or code the cartons as well.
  • Indicate your last name and the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination.
  • Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton labels so movers can get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly. Put a special mark on cartons you want to unpack first at destination.

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