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How to Pack Fragile Items for Your Next Move

When you are preparing for a move, whether it’s across the state or across the country, it’s important to pack your items – especially your fragile belongings – with the utmost care. You might feel overwhelmed and stressed with the prospect of packing up everything you own, but planning ahead and getting started early will help your move go smoothly. Your friends at Empire Rent A Car recommend securing your moving truck rental and beginning the packing process at least one month before your move date. Here are some other tips on packing fragile items to get you started off on the right foot. 

Packing Tips for Your Next Move


Wrap each plate in bubble wrap, secure with a piece of scotch tape, and store them vertically. By storing your plates vertically inside the box, you reduce surface area and thus risk of breakage during transport. For finer china we recommend going an extra step and placing a piece of pliable cardboard between each plate and on the top and bottom of your box, again stacking them vertically. Fill empty space in the box with crumpled newspaper to reduce any room for them to move around. 

Glasses and Fine Glassware

When wrapping glasses, first wrap each in newspaper, tucking the paper inside the glass as well. Then secure with tape. Since glassware tends to be smaller but heavier when stacked, your best bet is to use a small or medium, double-walled box for packing. It’s okay to layer the box, just make sure the heaviest glasses are on the bottom and the lighter glasses are on the top, using a piece of pliable cardboard in between each layer. Be sure to label which side is the top of the box.

Mirrors and Large Glass Items

When moving mirrors or sheet glass (picture frames or windows, etc.), start by placing painter’s tape in the middle of the glass in the form of a star that expands to the edges. This will prevent the glass from shifting, and also help absorb any vibrations that may crack the glass. Protect the corners of the mirror or sheet glass with foam frame protectors, then wrap the whole piece in bubble wrap. For smaller mirrors or glass items, we recommend using a corrugated mirror box. This type of box is specially designed to protect your mirror during transportation.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful and overwhelming. Just remember to stay organized with your packing, and to call Empire Rent A Car at (800) 750-8782 to secure your reliable and affordable moving truck at one of our many NYC locations.





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