Our Top Tips for Packing Fragile Goods

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A fragile good can be anything from your special china dinnerware to a treasured item that’s been passed down the family through generations. It can be a blend of literal treasures such as a valuable antique, an item that has strong sentimental value, or just an everyday household product that might not be worth much money – but doesn’t make them any less important.

No one wants those custom champagnes from your wedding day or Great-Granddad’s precious memorabilia to get unboxed as shards. When packing for a move or for shipping, bubble wrap and paper alone will not protect your fragile goods from harm. Our expert teams will pack everything with care and detail, and use the best packing materials that will withstand the longest of moves. 

We do not recommend you to do your own packing as we have a specially trained team using our years of expertise to do this! If you would like to pack a few items yourself we can arrange a delivery of boxes prior to the move date.

Scroll down to find everything you need to know to make sure your most special items make it to your new home safe and sound.


1. Separate and identify the special items

Moving fragile and precious items demands more time and attention, so start with identifying these items ahead of time.

Once you know what needs to be specially packed, separate the items and store them all together somewhere safe. It’s important to set aside dedicated time to prepare, pack and label them.

2. Measure and take photos

Before you can decide on packing materials, it’s important to measure any artwork or large pieces that need specialist packing attention. This will help ensure you get the right size and amount of specific packing materials needed. We recommend also taking photos of the items before the move, for your security. These can be used to inform insurance quotes, or as proof should the worst happen, and you need to make a claim.

3. Use the right packing materials

Fragile goods and special pieces require special packing materials. It’s important to invest in good quality bubble wrap, packing paper and padding. Avoid using newspaper as it can leave print marks, and old clothes or blankets as these can slip or rip.

For glassware, lighting and ceramics make sure you wrap each individual item in paper, and then separate the items with bubble wrap. Use the smallest possible box for your items, and for very delicate or special pieces only put one piece per box. Fill any spaces in the box with padding.

Artwork should be wrapped in many layers of wrapping paper, and the corners should be additionally covered with bubble wrap. Then you should properly secure your item using packing blankets and special packing ties.

And finally, no matter what you’re packing, double tape the box! Don’t let all your hard work go to waste – make sure the box is very well secured.

4. Label the boxes

Make sure everything is clearly labelled. Whether you are moving the boxes yourself or having a moving team help out, you need to know which boxes contain your most precious things. The labels will also make sure that these boxes are stored on top of others, and safely secured in place.

5. Get shipping and contents insurance

For extra security make sure you have good contents insurance to protect your things. It’s important to check if this will cover you during the moving process. If not, speak with your moving company about contents and shipping cover. While nothing should happen to your things if they’re packed and transported correctly, it’s good to know that you’re covered financially should the worst happen.

6. Unpacking safely

Once inside your new home, place all your fragile items in a safe corner of their intended room, and leave unpacking them until you have set all furniture and big pieces in place.

Did you know we offer an unpacking service too? As well as packing, our highly trained team will be there in your new home, unpacking everything for you so you can focus on settling in! 

From home sweet home to sweet home, Sanelo international moving company is there to make things easier for you every step of the way. For more information on international relocation, call us to get your free estimate today.


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