How to Pack Fragile Items

Even when you’re looking forward to living in a new home or city, the process of moving can be stressful. Not knowing what to put in the moving truck can make it even more of a headache. However, creating a packing plan and allowing yourself plenty of time to get everything done makes the process go smoother. This starts with considering which items are too valuable to risk them getting crushed or broken as you haul your belonging in a rented moving truck to your new location.

Fragile Keepsakes
Everyone has keepsakes that have little monetary value but high sentimental value. Whether it’s the first spoon you used as a baby or a figurine your grandmother gave you for your tenth birthday, you need to take a few extra precautions to keep it safe. If the item is small, start by placing it in bubble wrap and then taping the ends shut. If you’re the passenger in the moving truck, you can hold these small items on your lap. If you are the driver and you don’t have any passengers to help out, place the wrapped items on the passenger side floor of the moving truck and surround them by blocks of wood so they don’t slide around as you’re driving.

House Plants
For many people, keeping and maintaining indoor plants is a passion and not something they do just to decorate their home. If you can relate, then there are several things you can do to keep your plants in one piece during your move. For starters, don’t place them in the moving truck with your heavy furniture, bags of clothing, and other items that may slide and crush them. The best option is to have one adult in your family drive the moving truck while you follow in the car behind with your plants and other valuables.

Three weeks before your planned move, any plants that are in a clay pot should be transferred to an unbreakable container of the same size. It’s not advisable to choose a different sized pot as your plant may not grow as well after the transfer. A week later, prune your plants to remove any unnecessary branches that could fall off during the move. You should also check the plants for parasites so you don’t unintentionally bring them with you. At least two days before the move, check to see that your plants have plenty of water. Finally, on moving day, wrap your plants in a sheet of plastic and then place in a cardboard box. Poking holes in the box allows the plants to breathe during the drive.

Electronics
Your television, computer, and other electronics are some of the most valuable items you must transport. Before the move, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions about unplugging, packing, and rebooting so everything works properly in your new home. Moving experts recommend using several forms of protection for these items, including covering screens with a soft cloth to prevent scratching. You may be able to transport the smaller items in your car where you can keep a better eye on them. For larger items, a pick-up truck where they can be moved separately may be a better option than a large moving truck.