Preventing moving tragedies is really just a matter of adequate preparation and having the right tools.

We have all suffered and experienced them, spent hours and hours of tedious packing and still accidents do happen, and we end up losing a precious piece. With some practical approach and some tips, we can mitigate some risks, pack up fragile items and keep them safe:


  1. Prepare in advance. Dealing with valuable crystal, porcelain and other breakables is not the place to rush and it takes some time. Plan it well and ahead of time.
  2. Have the right tools. Quality boxes in various sizes (renting boxes may be a good solution for you); packing paper, tons of bubble wrap (which you can buy in person or online from a local Red Deer store like Etek or Amazon), pliable cardboard, scissors, all sorts of packing tape and large flat surface to work on is a must as well.


Fragile items packing tips


Plates – plates should be packed vertically in small to medium boxes lined with crumpled packing paper on the bottom and top. Use bubble wrap and tape for every plate and be sure not to over pack the box.

Glasses – Each glass should be handled individually and wrapped with packing paper from all sides. Put enough paper in the box to diminish empty space. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of the box.

Lamps – lamp shades should be packed separately while bases can be bubble wrapped and put in a large box if necessary.

Pictures/Frames – picture frames should be packed and boxed with crumpled paper in between each piece. Top frames should be stuffed with more packing paper, so they don’t move around in the box.

Specialty items – It’s important to consider the shape and size of the piece, as well as any handles or protruding pieces that could break easily. Especially if you are moving a loved one into an assisted living situation like Assisting Hands – Serving Loudoun County you want to make sure to take extra care with the memories tied up in these items. The next step is to wrap the piece completely in bubble wrap and taped from all sides. The box should be lined with paper as well to ensure fixture. Finally, the box should be taped up securely as well and marked in bold felt marker: FRAGILE.


Using old towels, small blankets or newsprint, to wrap fragile items is not a wise move, bubble wrap is easy to use, here is How To Use Bubble Wrap For Packing. Newsprint is usually dirty and using it means you will end up with even more washing to do in your new home. Old towels slip fairly easy you cannot use tape with them, which is essential for proper packing of valuables. Be sure to invest in the proper materials or you can also hire a trusted moving company to help you.