How to pack fragile items for your upcoming move

A cardboard box marked as fragile.

One of the biggest issues when moving is finding a way to pack fragile items to ensure they don’t break or get damaged. Chances are, you have a lot of breakables that need to be packed and moved. There are many advantages of hiring professional movers and one of them is the fact that they will best handle such items even though you can do a lot yourself to avoid damages. 

We will give you an overview of the materials you will need and tell you what to do when packing fragile items. We will also provide you with some handy packing tips. So, let’s see what you can do to maximize protection!

Choose suitable materials to pack fragile items

Adequate packing materials are essential for protecting your belongings. These materials will function as cushioning during transportation, and they will keep certain areas that are susceptible to breaking or cracking safe. Here is what you will need.

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Bubble wrap, old newspapers or packing paper, and towels or rags
  • Dish and glass packers
  • Plastic furniture covers
  • Markers and tape


To make the job even easier, use pre-divided boxes with specific dimensions. That way, you will limit the movement of breakable items.

Additionally, having the original box/packaging increases the chance of your fragile items arriving in one piece at a specific destination significantly, especially during long interstate moves. This is especially true when talking about electronics and other pre-packed items.

For example, if you are moving from Los Angeles to New York City, transporting your belongings will be one of the most stressful aspects of relocating. So, you should do your best to protect all your valuables so that they arrive safely at your new home. If you want to plan a zero-stress relocation to the Big Apple, you should hire reliable movers and, if your budget allows, let them handle packing.

If you don’t have some of the wrapping items on this list, or you want to save some money, remember that you can always use towels or clothes to cushion fragile items. Moreover, this will save some space in the packing clothes department.

Pack fragile items with ease

Once you have made a list of everything that needs to be packed and gathered all the appropriate materials, it’s time to do the packing. Firstly, make sure you use the space in the boxes to the fullest, so the things inside can move minimally. Just like you want to maximize the loading space in the moving truck, the same goes for space inside the boxes.


Secondly, make sure that you seal all potential and current box rips and weak corners. Afterward, build a cushion base. This is best done by lining the inside with bubble wrap. Once you have done that, it’s time to pack the individual items.

When you pack breakable items, you need to wrap every piece individually. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a specific kind of wrap. In fact, newspapers, packing paper, bubble wrap, towels, and rags, will all do the job just fine. But, you will need to add additional material in between the packed items to ensure a tight fit.

Finally, place the heavier items at the bottom and the lighter items at the top. And don’t forget to label the box appropriately. That will remind the person handling it to be more careful.

Additional tips for packing breakables

There are a few other tips you might want to check out before you start packing your fragile items:

  1. Never use flimsy boxes – Flimsy boxes are maybe great to improvise and make a children’s toy, but not for moving fragile items. It would be best to get thicker and sturdier boxes for maximum protection. Don’t use a box that has any give whatsoever.
  2. Smaller boxes for heavier items – The smaller the box, the heavier the item. This golden rule is priceless. Smaller boxes equal easier handling, which is crucial for heavy objects. Just be sure to fill any extra space to avoid movement.
  3. Fill hollow items – Any hollow items like glasses or jars should be filled with packing paper or soft material. That way, you will prevent cracks due to vibrations during transport.
  4. Know your items – Know what items you will be packing and how to pack them properly. Your grandma’s china and a flat-screen TV are both fragile, but they require different packing techniques.
  5. Take your time – One of the cheap tips for packing is to do it yourself. Packing your home isn’t easy; that is why you need to take your time. When you pack fragile items, you need to take extra care. Slowing down will keep you from cutting corners and making mistakes that might end up costing you.

To recap

When packing fragile items, you need to take a good look at all of the stuff you plan to relocate with you. That will help you determine what packing material you will need. Then, apply appropriate packing techniques for your belongings. Whatever you do, make sure there is no wiggle room in the boxes. Also, remember that the order in which you load items matters. Finally, to state the obvious – label everything. If you label your boxes as “fragile”, your movers will handle them much more carefully. It would also help if you wrote which side should always be up.

If you pack fragile items with the care they deserve, you will automatically help yourself during the process of unpacking. Good luck and have fun packing!

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