Packing Tips

Murray Moving/Stevens Worldwide Van Lines offers the following packing tips and guidelines for selecting boxes and packing particular items for your move.

Getting Ready For Your Move

Designate a workplace. If there is a spare room available, consider setting it up as your packing headquarters.

A large table covered with a heavy blanket or mattress pad provides a good, firm work surface. It may be helpful to have a second table nearby for soon-to-be-packed items.

You will need boxes and packing materials — newsprint (unprinted newspaper for wrapping), bubble wrap, tissue paper, packing tape, a felt marker, scissors and newspapers. Ink from newspaper transfers; newspaper should be used for outer wrapping or cushioning only and hands should be washed frequently to avoid rubbing transferring ink.

Box Sizes

The boxes you use are important. To minimize damage, select boxes suitable for your items. Make sure that your boxes are not packed too heavy as they can break open, or too light as they can crush when stacked.

Note: As the size of the box increases, the weight of each item should decrease.

1.5 cubic foot box (Book or Small Carton). This is the smallest general-purpose box, used for items such as books, CDs, DVDs, tools and canned goods.

3.0 cubic foot box (Medium Carton). Known as the “workhorse” of boxes, smaller, heavier items are packed into this box. Small kitchen appliances, lamp bases, pots and pans and small outdoor tools are suitable for this size box.