How to Pack a Box

Boxes are commonly used in moves to store belongings and protect collectibles.
However, they provide very little protection if they are not packed correctly.
Follow the tips below to pack your boxes as safely and securely as possible

  • Inspect all boxes (new and used alike) to make sure there is no structural damage. Use extra tape on the bottom just to be on the safe side.
  • Pad the bottom of your boxes with crumpled paper or other packing materials. You should not be able to feel the bottom of the box.
  • To help absorb some of the impact should your boxes be jarred or dropped, pad the corners with extra paper.
  • Wrap breakable items in paper before packing, but leave at least two inches of free space around the sides and at the top to allow for additional padding.
  • Do not under-fill boxes as they will likely collapse when stacked. Fill extra space at the top with crumpled paper, towels, or clothing.
  • Tape the box shut and label according to your personal preferences. Recommended labels include room, general contents, and box number. Label the sides and the top to make unpacking easier.