Moving: tips for packing and protecting your belongings


Packing and protection of your goods

Suppose you move and decide to pack all your belongings yourself. In that case, you will need to take a few precautions to be sure not to damage anything, forget anything and be as efficient as possible, both for packing and unpacking at your destination.

Our article lists all the necessary equipment and explains how to fill your boxes optimally, including fragile and heavy objects.

What do you need? All packing material

Start by gathering all the necessary protective packaging materials to properly pack and protect your belongings. Then, visit to buy all the necessary packaging materials. Don’t do it at the last minute: packing takes time and organization.

Gather a sufficient number of sturdy, undamaged boxes of different sizes. The smallest will be used for the heaviest objects (dishes, books, etc.), and the larger ones will be reserved for lighter objects (bedding, linen, etc.). Rigid plastic crates can also be useful for transporting food and liquids. Also, take all the large bags you have: you can store everything.

You will also need labels, markers, adhesive tape, bubble wrap, and old newspapers, a pair of scissors or a cutter… Also, gather towels, blankets, and towels such as a mattress moving cover that will be used to secure the objects. More fragile.

How do you properly fill your boxes?

First, do not overload your boxes: remember that you will have to lift and carry them. This is why it is advisable not to use too big boxes. Conversely, do not leave them half empty: this is the best way for objects to collide and break. Instead, insert the empty spaces of the old newspapers to stall everything.

Place the heaviest objects at the bottom of the boxes to ensure a stable base: do not hesitate to reinforce the bottom of the boxes containing heavy objects with tape.

Close the boxes securely with adhesive tape: stick tape lengthwise and widthwise for added security.

How to properly protect all your belongings?

The furniture packing

Use plastic film to wrap them before transport: it will not only protect them from knocks and scratches but also prevent doors and drawers from opening unexpectedly.


Use wardrobe boxes to prevent your dresses, shirts, and pants from getting wrinkled during the move. You can thus store them directly in your wardrobe without having to unfold them or even iron them: so much precious time saved! If you do not have these boxes, you can use garbage bags transformed into covers for the occasion: just pierce the bag to pass the hangers through.

electronic equipment

The idea is to have kept the original packaging of your televisions, computers, and others. If not, use well-padded boxes with bubble wrap and newspaper. Drape screens in blankets to prevent cracking.

For appliances, secure the doors with tape to prevent them from opening. Next, drain the dishwasher and washing machine completely. Next, remove all moving parts from your oven, such as racks. Finally, make sure that all your electronic devices are transported vertically.

The dishes

In glass, porcelain, or crystal, your dishes will need a lot of care. Don’t skimp on bubble wrap and old newspapers: you can also use napkins and dish towels that will allow you to wrap each piece separately. Adapted boxes with separations also exist and will be the safest. For glasses, you can also use socks.


If this is not your first move, you know that books are among the heaviest objects to transport and that the boxes containing them are the most difficult to lift. So why not use wheeled suitcases and save your back?

Label all your boxes

Last but not least: labeling all your boxes, which will greatly simplify unloading and storage at the destination.

The easiest and fastest way is to define a color code and stick stickers on all the boxes: green for the kitchen, red for the living room, blue for the bathroom, etc. At a glance, you can identify which room each box goes to. Then, to facilitate the movers’ work, stick these same stickers on the door of each corresponding room.

You can also write the contents and the destination room on each box with a marker: take advantage of this to mention the fragile contents and draw an arrow that will indicate the “up-down” opening direction.

Did you know?

The moving companies on this site can take care of the packing of all your goods, especially the most fragile ones: this will save you a lot of hassle, save time and be sure that everything arrives safely. You can indeed request an all-inclusive formula where everything will be taken care of by professionals. But, of course, if you choose the cheaper option of packing yourself, all of the above tips will be much more valuable to you. Be that as it may, we invite you to discover the companies’ different moving formulas.

A perfect home for future owners

You would certainly like a house that will welcome you and not detect any last-minute worries. So, in case of a concern, do the same with your property before the move. Do not hesitate to call the sanitary professionals who can remove leaks and other blockages thanks to an emergency repair.

After many months of research, you have finally found your dream property and are planning to move. To carry out this project, it will be necessary to arm yourself with a minimum of organization and follow the move’s retro-planning. These steps will allow you to settle into your new home without worries. Likewise, to avoid unpleasant surprises, don’t forget to pay particular attention to your fragile items!


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