1. Use China Barrel
China barrel, also called dishpack, is a special kind of moving box that has inserts that prevent the dishes and other kitchenware from moving. It is the rattling around that is most likely to cause the damage. Do not use grocery store boxes, but if you have already purchased moving cartons, then you can buy the appropriate dishpack inserts separately.
2. Use Small Boxes
When choosing your moving boxes, choose the smallest cartons that are practical. It is much better to pack many boxes lightly than to pack a few boxes heavily. This applies to all packing tasks, but it is particularly important with kitchenware because a dropped box can shatter the entire contents.
3. Use Packing Paper or Bubble Wrap
Do not rely on the china barrel inserts to protect fragile items fully. Instead, wrap each plate and other fragile item individually as you place it into the box. Wrap the item using packing paper or bubble wrap, and then use packing tape to secure the wrap. Many people use newspaper in place of packing paper, but the ink can create a mess that causes a great deal of extra work during the unpacking phase.
4. Stack Dishes Upward
Always stack dishes upward when packing. In other words, on their sides, not like you would stack them in the cupboard. For items like glasses, stack them rim-side down. This will limit most vibrations, and if the box does suffer an impact, this technique will better distribute it.
5. Use Packing Foam
The next step is to eliminate any space between the items and the inserts and the inserts and the walls of the carton. The easiest way to do this is to pour foam packing peanuts into the box. This will ensure that there is no movement inside the box when it is jostled and during transport.
6. Properly Label the Carton
After fully packing the box, close it and tape it shut. If you require packing labels, attach those now. Next, use a permanent marker to label the box Kitchen and Fragile. When you stack the box, do so out of the way in area where it will not be accidentally kicked or bumped.
Packing kitchenware and other fragile items properly can seem like a major hassle, but this hassle is well worth it. This will ensure that your entire kitchenware set arrives at the new home intact. Also, the expenses incurred to pack in this manner are easily offset by the damages prevented.
Wrap the item using packing paper or bubble wrap, and then use packing tape to secure the wrap.