Common mistakes people make when packing fragile items

Almost all of us who have moved at any part of our lives have encountered this problem – broken glasses, bottles, and china. Sometimes even electronic devices can break when you are relocating. Those accidents are the result of the usual mistakes people make when packing fragile items for their relocation. How to avoid those errors and how to pack fragile items properly for your next move? Those are the questions we are going to tackle in this guide. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

Packing fragile items like eggs.
Packing fragile items requires a special kind of preparation.

Finding the right packing materials

Before you even think about packing your fragile items, the first thing you need to do is to find the right packing materials for your items. Packing materials are usually not that expensive, and you can find most of them in the nearest supermarket. Just don’t use the cheapest packing materials. This is what you’ll need:

  • a packing tape
  • a sticky tape
  • some sticky notes
  • a marker
  • some kind of container (a box, plastic bin, or a crate)
  • protective materials (plastic peanuts for example)

You can find most of those in the nearest supermarket, and they are usually pretty cheap. For fragile items, we recommend using plastic bins or sturdy boxes instead of crates or ordinary boxes. Ordinary boxes can tear easily, and that means that its contents may fall out, and you don’t want that. Also, wooden crates may be too rigid for fragile items. You’ll need a container that is neither too rigid nor too light for your moving to be successful. Not using the proper container is one of the reasons fragile items break when in transport.

The packing process – what to do and what to avoid?

Packing fragile items is different from packing ordinary items when it comes to organizing a relocation. You must be more careful when handling fragile items, and you’ll need to have more layers of protection. So, how can you pack your fragile items?

Colored glas.
Glassware is notoriously easy to break.

Start by placing a container on a flat surface, like a table or floor. After that, you will need to fill the container with protective materials. We recommend using plastic peanuts instead of the newspaper since the ink from the pages may stick to the surface of an item. If you want to be an accidental trendsetter go for it.

If you’re moving chinaware and glassware, you should fill their insides with plastic beads also. You can wrap your glasses or china with plastic wrap, but be careful. If there is a print on glass or china, there is a chance that the plastic wrap will damage that print. This is why we recommend using towels for wrapping your china and glassware. That way you’ll solve two problems. You’ll save some space and your fragile items will be safe and ‘comfy’. That way your fragile items should be 99% safe from any kind of damage. People usually forget to protect their fragile items properly, and this is why damages happen.

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