Moving Tips

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Moving Boxes

1.5 Cu Ft Box 

  • Hardcover books
  • Paperback books
  • Magazines
  • Photo albums
  • Cans & boxes of non-perishables
  • Small Office Supplies
  • Small Knick Knacks
3.O Cu Ft Box

  • Handbags
  • Pieces of folded clothing
  • Pairs of shoes
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Full set of sheets
  • Lamp Shades
4.5 Cu Ft Box 

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Duffel Bags
  • Large kitchen appliances
6.O Cu Ft Box
  • Lamp Shades
  • Comforter sets
  • Large Pillows
  • Large Pots & Pans
Dish BarreI
  • Dishes
  • Vases
  • Large Breakables
Picture/Mirror Box
  • Mirrors
  • Pictures
  • Glass tops (under 54 inches)

***Non-Transportable Items***

Common examples incIude
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paints and paint thinners
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Fireworks
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Propane cylinders
  • Automotive repair and maintenance chemicals
  • Radio-pharmaceuticals
  • Matches
Other items not authorized
  • Firearms
  • Foods in glass jars and perishable foods
  • Prescription drugs needed for immediate use
  • Live Plants
Items of personal importance
Please carry these items with you
  • Cash
  • Collections (i.e., coins)
  • Family photos
  • Important personal papers (i.e., deeds, wills)
  • Negotiable papers (i.e., bonds, stocks, certificates)
  • Jewelry
  • Moving documents

How to Pack for Your Move

Packing many or all of your items can help you save money on the total cost of your move. By reviewing the tips and guidelines contained in this brochure, you can learn how to properly and safely pack your goods. These packing tips are taken directly from suggestions made by experienced packers.

Here are a few things to remember if you choose to pack your own goods:

  • Any van line has the right to inspect packed-by-owner (PBO) items to ensure they are sufficiently packed to protect your goods.
  • If, in the carrier’s judgment, a container is not packed properly, the carrier may ask you to repack it, or the representative may choose to repack the container and charge you for the service.
  • If any PBO containers are damaged during transit, liability may be affected.

Selecting Your Packing Material

When selecting packing material for your goods, remember:

  • Use only strong, corrugated cartons with tops or flaps that fold shut.
  • Collecting boxes discarded by your local grocery store can save you money.
  • Make sure boxes are clean of insects and other pests.
  • Save old newspapers for packing material, but be careful—the ink may rub off and stain certain items. Agents recommend that you use blank newspaper that can be purchased from your agent.

Your agent can provide, for a fee, specially made cartons for all your household goods, including mattresses, clothing, and mirrors. The added protection of these cartons may help you avoid damage resulting from poor-quality packing material.

Other packing supplies you may need to include:

  • Plastic bags and labels for parts storage and identification.
  • Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets, or “popcorn” for added protection.
  • Tissue and Kraft paper.
  • Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
  • Heavy-duty packaging tape (1 to 2 inches wide) for sealing cartons.
  • Markers and labels for identifying the contents of cartons.
  • A notebook and pencil for a carton identification log.
  • Scissors and/or a sharp knife.

Before Packing

After you collect your materials, select a work area that is large enough to handle various sizes of cartons. Also, choose a strong table with a protective cover as your work surface.

Keep your marking pens, tape, and scissors nearby. Spread a neatly stacked, generous amount of packing paper flat on your table.

You’re almost ready. Here are a few more suggestions before getting started:

  • Pack one room at a time; it will help when the time comes to unpack.
  • Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
  • Mark all boxes with room and box number.
  • Keep a carton identification log that shows the number of boxes packed per room and the total number of cartons packed.
  • Leave space in your log for a special comments section to note carton conditions or the location of high-value goods.
  • Be sure to have plenty of filling material available. When in doubt, use more.
  • Take extra care to ensure the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
  • Always pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items towards the top. Try not to exceed a weight of 50 lbs per box; it makes moving them a lot easier.
  • Remember – the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.

Packing Methods

  1. Select a medium-sized carton (or a mover-provided dishpack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
  2. With packing paper stacked neatly in place on the work table, center one plate on the paper, grasp a corner of several sheets, and pull the paper over the plate until the plate is completely covered.
  3. Stack a second plate on the first and, moving clockwise, grasp another corner of several sheets and pull them over the second plate.
  4. Stack a third plate, grasp the remaining two corners, and fold using two sheets, one corner at a time over the plate.
  5. Turn the wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your paper.
  6. Re-wrap the entire bundle. Start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle. Cover the bundle with the next corner, then the third corner, and finally the fourth.
  7. Seal the bundle with packing tape.
  8. Place the bundle of dishware in a medium-sized box (or dishpack) so that the plates are standing on edge.

Use this technique on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and other dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose to stack in greater quantities.


  1. Position one cup 6 to 8 inches from one of the corners of your packing paper.
  2. Pull the nearest corner of the paper up and over the cup.
  3. Nest a second cup directly on top, with the handle to the left (the second cup should nest itself in packing paper folded over the bottom cup).
  4. Pull the two side corners up and over one at a time and tuck the corners inside the top cup.
  5. Hold the bottom and top cups in position and roll the cups to the remaining corner (fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner).
  6. Place cups in a vertical position, lips down, near the top of the box. Do not stack heavy items on top of the cups.

More delicate cups, like china, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass or china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped one at a time as well.

Glasses and Stemware

  1. Before wrapping, stuff glassware and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper.
  2. Lay the glass or stemware on the corner of the packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations.
  3. Pull the sides of the packing paper up and over the glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls may be used for added protection.
  4. Glasses and stemware should be placed toward the top of the box. Heavier items should be placed toward the bottom. Very delicate glass/stemware should be placed in a vertical position, lips down—not on their sides.

As you pack each layer of a box, use crumpled packing paper to assure a snug fit wherever there is a gap. All boxes that contain fragile items should be marked “Fragile.”

Specialized Packing Tips

The remaining section of this brochure suggests how individual household items can be better prepared for moving. Remember that the methods for packing dishware, cups, glassware, and stemware are fundamental and have similar applications to many other household items.

Appliances & Utensils – Wrap and place small appliances and utensils in sturdy cartons with heavier items on the bottom. Have an authorized serviceman prepare all large appliances (refrigerator, stove, freezer, washer, dryer, etc.) for moving. Be sure to prepare minor appliances (defrost, clean, and dry as needed) before the carrier’s arrival.

Barbecue Grills and Propane Tanks – Wrap grates and briquettes separately in newspaper (or place all briquettes in a grocery bag) and place in a carton. Pad the carton with paper to reduce movement of the contents. Propane tanks will not be accepted even if they have been “purged” by an authorized gas grill distributor.

Bedding – Fold and pack all pillowcases, sheets, and towels in clean, medium-sized, 3-cube cartons. Pack blankets, quilts, and comforters in large, 4.5-cube cartons. Most beds will be dismantled by the carrier and set up in your new home. When requested, mattresses will be placed in special-care cartons by the carrier. You can help protect mattresses by covering them with old sheets or mattress covers.

Books – Pack on edge in small, 1.5-cube cartons. Alternate bindings, but don’t overload cartons. (Remember – try to limit individual carton weight to 50 lbs).

Bureau Drawers – Don’t overload. Drawers that are overloaded can cause damage to the bureau during the move. Remove valuables and any items that might break or leak.

Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Foods – Pack upright in 1.5-cube cartons with no more than 24 to 30 cans per carton. Do not attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.

Cars & Motorcycles – Cars and motorcycles being shipped on the moving van should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected. Automobile antifreeze should be ample to protect against severe cold during the winter months.

China & Glassware – Carriers recommend that you pack your delicate china and glassware in carrier-provided dishpacks. Glassware and china cups should be stuffed with tissue. Do not nest unwrapped glasses. Pack plates, platters, and saucers on edges and layer with padding between each layer as well as on the top and bottom of the carton. Be sure to label these boxes “Fragile.”

Clocks – Remove or secure pendulums in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by an expert serviceman.

Clothing – Place clothes on hangers in wardrobe cartons that are available from your agent. Fold and pack other clothing in clean cartons.

DVD Players, CD Players, and Phonographs – Use original packing materials when available. If original packing materials are not available, refer to the owner’s manuals for further information. Wrap DVD players, CD players, and phonographs with an old blanket and place them upright in the carton. To stabilize the laser on a CD player, replace the transport screws (normally located on the bottom of the unit). For phonographs, stabilize the platter to secure the changer and tone arm by tightening screws located on the top of the turntable. Label boxes “Fragile” and “This side up.”

Drapes & Curtains – Hang drapes over crossbars in wardrobe cartons or fold and pack in clean cartons. Remove curtains from rods, fold, and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.

Lamps & Lampshades – Remove bulbs, harps, and shades and roll up the cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in a clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap the harp and finial with packing paper and tape them to the inside wall of the carton that contains the shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper, and place upright in large, tissue-lined cartons.

Linens – Fold neatly and place in clean cartons or in bureau drawers but be careful not to overload.

DVDs, CDs, Software, Records, and Tapes – Layer the bottom of a small carton with shredded or crushed paper. Pack DVDs, CDs, software discs, and cassettes in their cases and stand them on edge in cartons (do not lay flat). Brace at both ends using a hardcover book to provide a snug fit. Fill with paper as needed. Be sure to mark the box “Fragile.”

Firearms – You are responsible for transporting handguns and ammunition. Other firearms must be unloaded, with legible serial numbers, and registered with your Agency Sales Representative before the move.

Flammables & Combustibles – Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to leak or even explode. For your own protection, know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you—not your carrier—will be held liable.

Frozen Foods & Plants – Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, carriers are prohibited from accepting these packed items.

Plasma & Big Screen TVs, Entertainment System Components – Agents recommend using a qualified third party to properly prepare plasma and big screen TVs and entertainment system components for transport. It is best to use the original packing when available.

Medicines – Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. Some prescription drugs, such as insulin, lose their potency if exposed to heat. Check with your pharmacist before transporting them with your shipment. It is recommended that you carry all medications with you.

Memory Foam & Extra-Thick Mattresses – Memory foam mattresses should be packed, transported, and stored lying flat. Do not stand them on end for more than a few minutes as that will cause the mattress layers to separate. Special cartons can be purchased from your agent for packing mattresses.

Microwave Ovens – Remove all loose articles inside the oven, such as cookware, glass shelves, and carousels. Wrap loose articles and put them in a separate container. Tape the door shut in an X pattern to protect the glass. Use the original manufacturer’s carton if available.

Mirrors, Paintings & Pictures – Inform your Sales Representative about valuable paintings that require special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames in unprinted newspaper or paper pads and place on edge in cartons or mirror cartons. Never place printed newspaper directly against paintings. The carrier will take down large wall or dresser mirrors and pack them in special cartons.

Personal Computers – Pack computer equipment—PCs, scanners, printers, etc.—in original cartons when available. Otherwise, wrap in protective blankets or padding and put into strong corrugated containers.

Rugs – Leave large rugs to be rolled by the carrier.

Silverware – Wrap each piece in cloth or low-sulfur-content paper to prevent tarnishing. Wrap the silver chest in an old blanket or pad to prevent scratching.

Tools & Lawn Equipment – Drain oil and fuel from power tools such as leaf blowers, trimmers, and chain saws (do not ship flammables under any circumstances). Pack hand tools in small, strong cartons.

Waterbed Mattresses – Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping the internal baffle system with the external vinyl, fold the mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across the individual baffles.

Materials That Can Be Purchased from Your Agent


  • 1.5 cube (Small): Books, magazines, photo albums, canned goods, grain products, hand tools, and other heavy items.
  • 3 cube (Medium): Small lampshades, small kitchen appliances (toaster, coffee maker, can opener, or iron), pots and pans, shoes, hats, and small breakables.
  • 4.5 cube (Large): Medium lampshades and small or medium kitchen appliances (upright mixer, wok, etc).
  • 6 cube (Extra Large): Large lampshades and other items too large to fit into a 4.5 cube carton.
  • Dishpack (China Barrel): Dinner place settings, stemware, crystal or glassware, figurines, table lamps, vases, small pictures, mirrors, and glass shelves.
  • Mirror (2 or 4 section): Pictures, artwork, glass tabletops (less than 7 square feet), dresser mirrors, or other high-value items.
  • Upright Wardrobe: Garments or floor-to-ceiling drapes.
  • Mattress: Crib, twin, double, or king/queen mattresses.
  • Miscellaneous: Pole lamps, golf clubs, fishing rods, rifles, or shotguns.

Materials Guide

  • Corrugated or Interleaved Sheets: For placement between dishes, saucers, or other flat items.
  • Tissue Paper: Stuffing fragile cups and goblets, wrapping delicate figurines, or artificial flower arrangements.
  • Non-Tarnish Paper: Wrapping silverware, brass, and pewter items.
  • Brown Kraft Paper: Wrapping large items such as pictures, mirrors, or lamp bases.
  • Cushioned Paper: Used for easily scratched items.
  • Wax Paper: For oil paintings.
  • Bubble Wrap or Foam Peanuts: For high-value porcelain figures, model ships, or large crystal carvings.

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