Proper packing is essential for a successful move. That’s why many families entrust the packing of their prized possessions to the professionals.


Parkway Van Lines offers years of experience in packing the personal possessions for generations of families using the latest materials and techniques to meet every packing requirement. Parkway Van Lines will gladly provide you with an estimate for this important service.


If you have the time, however, and have decided to do your own packing, this guide shares some of the techniques and helpful suggestions to protect your items during your move.


Packing Supplies

Basic Packing Tips

Specific Packing Tips



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For these fragile items, you should use dish packs or sturdy, medium cartons with 3-4 inches of crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the carton for additional cushioning. Everyday plates can be wrapped in stacks of four, however, the more delicate the plates, the smaller the stack.


Place one plate in a corner of your stack of white, unprinted newspaper and using 1 -2 layers of paper, pull the corner up and over the top plate. Fold the side corners of the paper into the middle and then place another on top. Repeat the process until you have four plates in a stack, individually protected by layers of paper. Finish the process by rolling the stack away from you to the far corner until the bundle is completely wrapped and protected. Then place the bundle into the carton ON EDGE. Never lay plates flat in a carton.


Plates can form the bottom tier or layer of the carton, followed by bowls in the next layer and finally by cups, glassware, goblets and other light, fragile items.


Separate each layer in the carton with a cushion of newspaper and ensure that each wrapped piece is snug in its layer to prevent movement. Empty spaces can be filled with crushed newspaper and the top of the carton should be marked “fragile and ‘This Side Up.’



Bowls and odd-shaped items are just right for the second layer. Following the same method for packing plates, wrap individually in unprinted newsprint, stack three or four to a group and wrap them again in a double payer of newsprint. As with plates, place shallow bowls or odd-shaped pieces ON EDGE in a row in the carton.


Large, deep bowls should be wrapped individually and nested into each other and packed UPSIDE DOWN in the carton.



Everyday cups can be stacked in groups of two. Place one cup in a corner of your packing paper. Using 1-2 layers of paper, pull the corner up and into the cup. Make sure that the paper completely fills the cup and covers all edges, then stack the second cup into the first with the handle facing the opposite direction. Now pull up the side corners of the paper and fill the inside of the second cup. Roll the bundle away from you until it is completely protected. Place the bundle UPSIDE DOWN in the carton with the handles to the inside.


Fragile cups should be wrapped individually with their handles additional wrapped with paper toweling or a single sheet of white newsprint. Handles face the inside of the carton.



Again, a sturdy carton and a generous amount of crushed newspaper, as cushioning is necessary for additional protection. The top layer of your dish pack is perfect for glassware and cups. Glasses are wrapped like cups and can be nested in sets of three or four, using your own discretion. Start by placing the glass diagonally on your sheet of white newsprint and wrap from corner to corner. Stop midway and fold the two remaining corners of the newsprint to the bottom and the rim of the glass covering it completely. You can then nest an additional glass and complete wrapping by rolling into the far corner.


Stemware and goblets are more fragile and should be wrapped individually. Fill the goblets with crumpled tissue and then roll the goblet in the same manner as the glass.


Glass pitchers and vases are also wrapped in this method. Large items go into the bottom of the disposal.


It’s BOTTOMS UP when you pack all glassware. Be sure to fill all the empty spaces with crushed newspaper.



Books are heavy so use small cartons. Place in an upright position, alternating bound edges to open edge. Do not press anything against the exposed edges, which would mar the pages. Expensive, sentimental, or unusual books should be wrapped individually.



Parkway Van Lines uses a special dust proof wardrobe carton with a metal bar for hanging clothes such as dresses, suits, coats and drapes. It will save you the inconvenience of pressing them later. Ask your Relocation consultant at Parkway Van Lines for this time saving container.


If you wish, clothing can be folded and placed in a suitcase or a large carton. Dresser drawers can also be utilized for some clothing although all other items should be removed from the dresser drawers and packed in cartons. The contents of the dresser drawers should not be heavy.



Try to use as much food as possible before moving. Seal open boxed foods such as cereal, powdered foods, etc. Cover holes of shaker-type containers and seal with tape. Put small containers of condiments and spices together in a small box before packing them into a larger carton. Canister contents can be left in canisters with tight fitting lids although they should be individually wrapped with white newsprint and sealed with tape to prevent spillage and to protect the finish.



If it is necessary to pack a liquid, the lid should be fastened securely, taped completely, and the entire container placed inside a plastic bag with a tight closure.



These items should be packed in medium size cartons. Don’t forget the crumpled paper in the bottom of the carton first. If pots, pans and trays are a graduated set, each one should be wrapped separately and then nested together. The heavier the item, the smaller the box. Keep a layer of newsprint between each wrapped pan, pot or tray. Small unbreakable wrapped packages can be placed inside the wrapped group to effectively utilize space.


Small appliances should be wrapped in several layers of newsprint. Remember to drain water from any appliance that has a reservoir, for example, steam irons, vaporizers, humidifiers, dental appliances, coffee makers.

Always pack cords and accessories with the appropriate appliance to avoid confusion during unpacking. If the appliance has a fixed cord, put a layer of paper between the cord and the appliance to prevent scratches.



Record albums in covers can be packed in small cartons, ON EDGE, with paper crumpled in the spaces to make the pack firm. Records without covers should be wrapped individually in white newsprint. Compact discs and cassette tapes should be placed in their plastic cases before packing.



If there are small, these and similar items can be with linen; otherwise, pack as for small appliances. Grandfather clocks should be serviced by an expert.



Remove the shade, harp, and bulb. Wrap the body of the lamp in plenty of packing paper, keeping at least one layer of paper between the lamp and its attached cord. Pack the base, UPRIGHT, in a disposal or join two cartons together and fill the spaces with crumpled paper. Wrap the bulb, harp and other small lamp parts and pack with the base.



Lamp shade should only be handled by the metal framing and packed in a medium carton. Surround the shade with sheets of tissue paper or clean, packing paper and fill in all empty spaces. The only other item that should be packed with a lamp shade is another lamp shade, one that will nest inside or on top without pressing against the other shade. Do not use newspaper as protective linings between each shade and you should not use crushed paper for packing. It’s alright to use small pillows or bath towels inside the shades.



It’s a good idea to use cartons/ plastic covers for additional protection of your box spring and mattresses. Have the proper size cartons on hand and slip the mattresses into the coverings at the last minute. You can fold the sheets and place them in a suitable carton for quick bed making at the destination. Put the pillows in an empty drawer or large carton.



Towels, sheets, linens, etc… should be packed in large cartons or, if suitable, substitute for cushioning material.



The important point about protecting silver from tarnishing is to keep the air out. With silverware in a chest, all empty spaces should be filled with crushed tissue or hand towels and the entire chest wrapped in unprinted newspaper. Loose silverware can be wrapped, individually or in groups, in clear plastic wrap or tissue.



An arrangement of artificial (i.e. dried/silk) flowers should be packed in its own carton, surrounded with paper toweling, tissue or even cotton. If possible, fasten the base of the arrangements to the bottom of the carton.



Ask your relocation consultant at Parkway Van Lines for the brochure on live house plants and specialized shipping arrangements.



Certain large pictures and marble tops, because of their size and value should be packed in custom-made cartons or crates available from Parkway Van Lines. For smaller pictures, etc., they should be well wrapped with three sheets of white newsprint and placed on edge in a carton. Linens, blankets and towels can serve as additional cushioning material.



Leave rugs on floors, but untacked, or if they have just been cleaned and delivered to your home leave them rolled.



Take a group of long-handled garden tools and bundle them together with tape or twine. This also applies to mops, brooms, curtain rods, etc. Attachments on power tools should be removed, wrapped and packed with hand tools in small cartons. Remember to empty gasoline and oil from all motors.



It is not necessary to wrap toys. Just pack in a large carton and seal the top.