Tips for Packing Fragile Items

San Francisco moving companies - Tips for packing fragile items

When packing your belongings for a move, you’ll want to make sure you take special care with fragile items by properly packing them to keep them safe. The right packaging materials can prevent your delicate items from bouncing around and absorb any shock or impact. Preparing in advance and using the proper tools and methods for the job is crucial.

Here are a few tips for packing fragile items:

Preparation and Tools

You’ll ideally want a large table for laying out and packing fragile items.

Tools you will need:

  • sturdy boxes in various sizes
  • pliable cardboard
  • packing paper
  • packing peanuts
  • bubble wrap
  • packing tape
  • scotch tape
  • a permanent marker
  • scissors

Don’t rely on towels, blankets, or newspaper to protect fragile items.


Wrap each plate with bubble wrap and secure with scotch tape. Line the inside of a small or medium box with packing peanuts or crumpled paper. Place bubble wrapped plates in the box vertically. This reduces surface area and risk of breakage. For extra protection, place a piece of pliable cardboard between each plate and on the top and bottom of the box. Add more packing peanuts or crumpled paper to fill empty spaces. Don’t overpack as this increases the risk of damage. Secure box with packing tape and label all sides of the box “fragile” with permanent marker.


Wrap glassware with packing paper, tucking the paper inside the glass. Place crumpled paper inside larger glasses to fill empty space. Pad the inside of a small or medium box with packing peanuts or plenty of packing paper. Place glasses inside, starting with heavier glassware on the bottom. Fill empty spaces with packing peanuts or crumpled paper. Repeat labeling process as above.

Vases, Ceramics and Specialty Items

For vases, ceramics and abnormally-shaped items, wrap individual pieces in packing paper and fill inside with crumpled paper. Then rewrap with bubble wrap and secure with scotch tape. Pad a small box with packing peanuts or crumpled paper, and pliable cardboard. If stacking pieces, use pliable cardboard between each piece. Fill in extra spaces and surround items with crumpled up paper or packing peanuts. Tape up the box with packing tape and label “fragile” with permanent marker on all sides.

Remember to fill in empty spaces when packing fragile items but DO NOT OVERPACK. Be sure all boxes containing are marked “fragile.” It’s also a good idea to mark the top of each box and which room they will go in your new home.

Moving with Pets

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You already know that moving is stressful for you and your family, but did you know it is also stressful for your pets? Pets can sense when their owners are stressed, and it doesn’t matter whether your pet is a dog, cat, bird, or other animal.  Even fish exhibit signs of stress, and moving can be very traumatic, if not fatal for your finned friends. If you’re moving more than a short distance, it may be best to give your fish to a friend rather than trying to transport them.

Having a plan in place can help reduce the stress for you and your pets. We have compiled a list of helpful tips for moving with pets to make things more comfortable for your beloved companions.

  • Make sure you let your vet know you are moving and get copies of vaccination certificates and records. Ask if it may be beneficial to sedate your pet during the transition.
  • On moving day, it’s important to make sure your pet is away from the action. Boarding or having your pet stay with a friend is the optimal scenario. If that is not an option, it’s best to secure your pet in a quiet area – an empty bedroom, in their kennel, any place that is away from people going in and out. Check on them regularly and try to stick to their usual schedule as much as possible, feeding and walking them at their regular times.
  • Use your own vehicle for transporting your pets to your new home if possible. If traveling long-distance, pack a small bag with items you’ll need for your pet ahead of time so they don’t accidently get packed away.
  • If possible, set up your new home before your pet arrives, or at least have a few familiar items, like toys or blankets there for them. If you have outdoor pets, it may be best to keep them inside for a few days as they acclimate to their new surroundings.
  • Make sure you update your pet’s ID tags or microchip information with your new address and telephone number.
  • Give your pet lots of extra attention and help them get comfortable in their new home.

Tips for a Smooth Move

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Moving can be time consuming and stressful, especially if you have a lot to move or need to plan a long-distance move with kids or pets. We hope the following tips will help your next move go smoothly from start to finish.

  • Check user manuals for your electronics and appliances to see if you need to do anything special to prepare them for a move.
  • Clean out your closets, drawers and storage areas
  • Call the moving company at least one month ahead of time to make sure they have an open availability on the date you need to move.
  • Make the move easy on your children by letting them help sort through their toys and clothing, but try not to toss anything that they may enjoy playing with as this can be stressful for them before a move.
  • Be sure to pack an overnight bag with things including toiletries such as a toothbrush and shower supplies, a small coffee pot or instant coffee and a change of clothing for the day after the move.
  • Purge what you can to make sure you don’t bring along items you never use. There is no reason to bring something that has been sitting in a storage room or closet for longer than one year, unless it has sentimental value or is a family heirloom.
  • Cancel your utility services as well as your paper and other deliveries
  • Arrange to have your power, water and internet turned on as soon as you arrive at the new home.
  • Send a change of address form to the post office a week ahead of the move.
  • Clean the old home so the new tenants will have a clean space and so you will be able to get your security deposit back. (If applicable)