How to Pack Dishes and Glass When Moving

by | Nov 18, 2019 | 0 comments

When it’s time for a fresh beginning and you are ready to relocate, knowing how to pack dishes and glass when moving is a game changes. Yes, nobody wants to arrive from spot A to spot B just to see some (or in the worse case scenario - most!) of your breakable belongings severely damaged.

Fortunately, gone are the days when the humankind was limited in terms of safety and convenience when it comes to relocating. However, it is crucial that you also do NOT underestimate the significance of packing your dishes and glass the right way.

It seems like a relatively simple task but just like everything else in life, there are some important aspects of the packing procedure which you need to take into consideration.

Are you ready to check out the easiest, fastest guide that will teach you how to pack glass and dishes like a pro? Great, because so are we! Let’s dig in.

Top 4 Tips for Picking the Best Packing Materials

Okay, so you have your dishes, glasses, china, and/or porcelain kits neatly bucked up, all ready to get packed precisely and hit the road, right? But before you can even start wrapping your breakable belongings in the best way, you certainly need to choose and utilize the most suitable materials for this purpose.

Below, we are listing our top tips to help you on your mission of picking the best packing materials (and ultimately, make your life so much easier when relocating and having to deal with fragile items!). No worries, you can thank us later.

1. Packing Paper Rules

Packing paper is very flexible and makes an excellent option for wrapping your glass and dishes wonderfully. Nevertheless, clumping the paper is an effortless task, and even kids can help you out on that note with a smile.

As clumping the paper doesn’t require any specific skills, you don’t need to get prepared by reading tons of tutorials or watching numerous videos. But in order to clump your packing paper well, keep in mind that you want to make sure you leave place for the much necessary air pockets to form.

For that purpose, don’t squeeze the packing paper too tightly but simply bundle it up. Even old newspapers can do the trick; however, newspapers tend to work slightly less efficiently than packing paper and you will also have to be ready to clean the excess dirt which will be left behind due to the contact between your breakables and the ink on newspapers.

2. Forget About Bubble Wrap

Using bubble paper when it comes to moving and packing your glass and dishes may sound very tempting. But the truth is, this is not your best move. Bubble wrap is bulkier than packing paper. Thus, there is a higher chance of having your fragile dishware and/or glasses damaged than when opting for the good old packing paper.

Plus, utilizing bubble wrap is far more time consuming than working with paper.

3. Dish Barrels Work Like Charm

You need to understand that cardboard is your best friend when relocating and dealing with breakable objects. No, it is not only the packing paper which will help you on your mission. As a rule of thumbs, any cardboard box can work fine.

However, opting for a dish barrel is your wisest decision. Dish barrels (or also china boxes) are double-corrugated, with a mind to ensuring glass, china, porcelain, and dishes stay far away from travel shock. Better protection is always welcome, right?

4. You Can Never Use Too Much Tape

For a start, forget about duct and mask tape. Both of these are a big No-No. Tape plays a crucial role when it comes to protecting fragile objects from issues when moving. In fact, opting for strong, reliable tape is no less important than paying attention to the packing paper and the boxes you use.

You want to take advantage of wide packing tape. Nevertheless, a tape gun or applicator can also be of your assistance but in the case you don’t have one handy, it’s not a big deal.

How to Pack Breakables (Without Breaking a Sweat): A Step-by-Step Tutorial

1. Always Start With a Cozy, Soft Bed of Paper

You want to go for a good 6’’ of paper, carefully clumped and placed at the very bottom of each box. Don’t be shy when using the paper because doing so will not work in your favor. You need to cushion the box content in the best possible way, don’t you?

Before adding the cushion of paper in order to create a cozy, soft bed for your dishes and glass, you also want to tape the bottom of the box. Yup, that’s the right time to do it, and not when you have already piled up your fragile belongings into the box.

2. Place the Heaviest Objects on the Bottom Layer of the Box

Always remember that proper positioning is key when it comes to packing your dishes and glass, and getting ready to move. Place the sturdiest breakables which weigh the most at the very bottom, right above the cushion of packing paper.

Essentially, you want to wrap each item individually. Wrap it well from each and every side. Just roll and tuck, and then do some more roll and tuck until you can clearly see that your fragile belongings are wrapped up separately in the best way. Don’t be afraid to double wrap if needed.

Next, proceed with the positioning we just listed above. The lightest breakables will remain on the very top of the box. Also, remember that vertical positioning works best, so opting for a tall box may be a smart move, too.

3. Make Sure to Provide Enough Cushioning

Ensuring that your belongings are neatly wrapped, as well as applying the soft bed of paper trick, is not enough to provide reliable protection. You want to make sure to add more packing paper along each side of the box. Every single corner has to be well-targeted as the impact risk is greater at the sides of the box.

Meanwhile, the more you crumple the paper – the more you will be able to add excellent layers for excellent protection.

4. Check Out for a Clunking Noise and Act Accordingly

Once you have placed your glass and dish, almost ready for the big step of relocating, you only need to focus on taping each side precisely. Don’t tape once but always tape twice; and better yet – tape thrice!

Lastly, check out if you can hear any clunking noise by gently shaking the box. If you do, then you need some extra paper packing. Go ahead and add some more until you can no longer hear the same sound. Well done!

Bonus Tips and Tricks

#1 - Fill Your Box to the Very Top

As soon as you reach about 3’’ of the box being filled with your well-wrapped breakables, it’s time to stop adding more items. However, you do want to add another cushion of crumbled paper, making sure it reaches well to the very top. Good job!

#2 - Always Mark Your Boxes

A quick and sharp reminder - getting overwhelmed with all those boxes around is inevitable! Thus, simply mark each box with the correct labeling, pointing out what is placed inside, as well as which is the bottom side of the box to help movers place these accordingly.

#3 - Recycle or Repeat!

In the case you are planning to (possibly) relocate again in the near future - then save up the materials which can be reused. This will save you both time and money.

If you have no intentions of relocating any soon, though - don’t throw away all the paper and card box materials in the trash. Recycling will not make you crazy rich but it is vital in order to preserve the well-being of Planet Earth.


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