Packing Tips

  1. Have packing materials ready: boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, marking pens, rope, drop cloths, mattress and furniture covers, etc.  Be careful about using printed newspaper for packing because the ink may smudge off on your items.   Wardrobe boxes are available if ordered a couple of days in advance.
  2. Create an inventory: For your own convenience in finding individual items boxed for storage label each box on all four sides with numbers, pack boxes carefully and make a master list of the contents of each box.  .  Keep the list at your home or office.  Don’t write a list of contents on the outside of the box.  Seal the boxes with tape.
  3. Try to limit weight to 25 lbs. or less per box.  Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes to avoid being heavy.
  4. CAUTION:  It is against the law to store materials that are hazardous or combustible such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, etc.   Drain all gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc. before storing them.  Except for canned goods, do not store plants, animals or food items which could attract rodents or pests.
  5. Never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
  6. Write FRAGILE on all boxes with breakables.  When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This will keep you from mistaking them for the excess paper you used to fill the box.
  7. Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes.  Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither over pack nor under pack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces.  Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.
  8. Never store anything in sealed plastic bags, especially in non-A/C storage.  Humidity could cause damage to your goods.
  9. Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper.
  10. Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
  11. If storing wool items, use cedar chips or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
  12. Disassemble beds and mark the pieces so that they are easy to put back together.
  13. In storing tables and other furniture, it may be better to remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.  Or wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
  14. Use valuable space inside dresser or desk drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items. Secure items in drawer by filling empty spaces with towels, clothing or packing paper.
  15. Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.  Wax wood furniture before storing it. Use sheets or cotton cloth to cover furniture.
  16. Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes “FRAGILE”.  ” Stand them straight up… never flat.
  17. Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding
  18. Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
  19. Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.  Pack them in small cartons that weigh no more than 30 lbs. For valuable books, alternate bindings and cushion them with wadded packing paper.
  20. Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.  To save space, fill interiors of appliances with linens, clothes and stuffed toys. Stuff towels between the washing machine and the inner tub of the washing machine to keep the tub from rotating.
  21. Remove and discard vacuum cleaner bags.  The bags may contain food crumbs or particles that will attract pests.
  22. Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
  23. When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes. If possible, use the original packing for electronic items.  Remove batteries.
  24. Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  25. When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

NOTE: These items above are only suggestions. Donald RV and Storage, LLC will not be responsible for any damage to your items due to these suggestions above. Use these suggestions above at your own risk.