Packing Tips

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Packing Tips

The most important aspect of packing is good wrapping and cushioning material. If possible try not to use NEWSPAPERS! Newspaper ink has a tendency to rub off on everything it touches and can be almost impossible to remove from items like fine china.

Midway’s Professional packers use Professional Packing Paper (unprinted newspaper) as cushioning material. You can get Packing Paper from Midway Moving and Storage or, in many instances, from your local newspaper. Our packing paper is non-acidic which is advisable for long-term storage of fine china and porcelain.

The amount of Packing Paper you use depends on the items being packed. Obviously, towels or sheets in a carton require no packing material at all. For dishes or fragile items, a layer of crumpled paper should be used to line the bottom of the carton to a depth of approximately four inches. Each item should be individually wrapped with crushed paper between items as needed.

Use a heavy marking pen for easy reading. On carton top, list major items such as “GOOD CHINA” or “CRYSTAL.” On carton side near the top, mark which room carton goes into. If carton contains fragile items, mark “FRAGILE” on all four sides. On cartons containing fragile items or liquids, mark “THIS END UP” on carton top and put arrows pointing up on all four sides. Inform your moving crew of the items that concern you. Midway’s Chicago moving company uses professional, trained moving specialists.

Other tips:

  • Use cartons of adequate size and strength.
  • Cushion bottom of carton and between layers when packing fragile items.
  • Wrap all fragile items individually.
  • Pack heavier items in lower layers, lighter items in upper layers.
  • Paper cushioning absorbs shock. Be generous.
  • Loose packing creates damage. Make sure items are firmly packed. Very Important.
  • Do not overfill carton. Top should close easily without bulging.
  • Use “PVC” or “strapping tape” to guard against carton bursting open in transit.

How to Pack – Specific Items.
Plates, Saucers, Flat China:
Wrap individually and then bundle three or four together. Stand on end in carton. Never lay flat. Use the larger items as the bottom layer and place crumpled paper as cushioning between each layer.

Bowls:
Odd-shaped items and bowls, individually wrapped, should constitute the upper layers. Place on the rim in carton with bottom facing up.

Cups and Glasses:
Like bowls, cups and glasses should go on top, rim down and individually wrapped.

Books:
Pack upright with open edges and bound ends alternating. If any have fragile covers, wrap in paper.

Glassware and Crystal:
Always individually wrap as top layer. Never put one piece inside another. If items are particularly fragile, pack them first in a smaller carton, then in a larger one with cushioning all around.

Mirrors, Marble Tops, Glass Tops, Pictures:
All mirrors, pictures, marble or glass tops should be packed in picture-mirror cartons, unless they are very small. The small items may be wrapped and packed in dish-pack cartons on edge. Professional packers should crate very large marble or glass tops. Their weight makes them impractical to be moved in a carton.

Hats:
If a hat box, pack in a larger carton. If not, loosely stuff with crushed paper and pack in the smallest carton either alone or with other hats.

Food:
Boxed dry food should be packed in medium (3.0 cu. ft.) cartons with openings taped shut to prevent spillage. Jars or canned goods should be packed in book (1.5 cu. ft.) cartons with all jars wrapped and cushioned. Never pack or move perishable or frozen food.

Lamps:
Lamp bases should be wrapped, cushioned and packed in Dish-Pack cartons. Lamp shades should be packed singly in an appropriate sized carton. Be careful not to put too much paper in the lampshade carton as the lampshades dent easily. Cushion loosely. Remove light bulbs & wrap cords around base.

Flowers:
Dry flowers should be packed alone in appropriate sized carton loosely cushioned with paper. Live plants will probably not survive on a long distance move and mover cannot accept responsibility. Plants are not covered in the event of damage or breakage.

Electronics:
Components and small electronics should be well wrapped and cushioned in either medium (3.0 cu. ft.) or large (4.5 cu. ft.) cartons. Large console stereo and televisions should not be packed. They will be padded by driver and moved as furniture. Electronics are not covered in the event of damage or breakage.

Clothing:
Hanging items should go into wardrobe cartons. Clothing may stay in the dressers if the dressers are sturdy. All other folded clothing should be packed in medium (3.0 cu. ft.) cartons. For every 2ft. of closet bar you will need one wardrobe box.

Protection:
Blankets and pads are provided free of charge on moving day and are taken back at the end of the day. For fine finished wood furnishing and light colored fabrics, shrink wrap can be purchased. Ask your salesperson for details.

What Not to Pack.
All stocks, bonds, currency, jewelry, furs, stamps, coins, securities, negotiables, insurance policies, passports and valuable papers should not be packed for transit in the van. Either transport these items yourself or make arrangements with your banker for their transfer.

Remember that all of your possessions are being loaded into the van and, by law, movers may not accept hazardous materials for shipment. Restricted items include:

  • Paints, thinners, oils and varnishes
  • Ammunition and firearms
  • Bottled gas, propane, etc.
  • Lamp oil
  • All flammables, explosives and corrosives
  • Motor fuels and oils
  • Nail polish remover
  • All aerosol cans
  • Matches

Survival Kit.
This is a list of items you should keep in your possession when you move:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Napkins
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Paper Cups
  • Wet-Naps
  • Mugs
  • Coffee (in tea bag) or pressed Filter
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Bottle/can opener
  • Aspirin
  • Children’s books/toys
  • Personal Grooming Kit - Comb, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Razor
  • Flashlight w/batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Trash Bags
  • Scissors and/or utility knife
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Pad of paper & a pen
  • Pack your own:
  • Telephone & Telephone Book
  • Coffee Maker
  • Children’s Snacks
  • Children’s Toys
  • Radio
  • Screwdriver, hammer, nails, pliers
  • Medication
  • Linens/Towels
  • Two Pans

Personal Documents:

  • Medical Records
    • Doctor
    • Pediatrician
    • Dentist
    • Orthodontist
    • Optician
  • Optometrist
  • School Records
  • Birth/Baptismal Certificates
  • Social Security Information
  • Documents pertaining to the sale/purchase of homes
  • Receipts needed to be reimbursed for travel expenses
community involvement
Midway is committed to the communities we serve. True to our mission, we return a percentage of every move to local charities that are committed to improving the quality of life for people in the Chicago area.