How to Pack Your Clothes for a Move

Specialty wardrobe boxes with built-in racks are available to transport hanging clothes. These are your best bet if you want clothing to arrive at your destination wrinkle-free.




Folded Clothes

  1. Line an empty box with packing paper. 

  2. Place items in the box.

  3. Use crumpled paper to fill in any gaps.

  4. Close the box and secure with packing tape.

  5. Label the box.

 

Hanging Clothes

  1. Use a wardrobe carton to hang clothing. Hang linens on the bar.

  2. Be careful not to overfill cartons. Clothes can wrinkle and difficult to move.

  3. Do not place items in the bottom of the box to prevent damage.

  4. Tape and label the box, including what room the box should go in.

Use Specialty Boxes to Prevent Wrinkles and Damage

Clothes on hangers
Specialty wardrobe boxes with built-in racks are available to transport hanging clothes. These are your best bet if you want clothing to arrive at your destination wrinkle-free. One will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers.

If wardrobe cartons are not used, each garment should be removed from its hanger, folded and placed in a suitcase or a carton lined with clean paper. Some lightweight clothing — such as lingerie and sweaters — may be left in bureau drawers.

Hats
Hats may be left in hatboxes and placed in a large carton. Or, stuff the crown of each hat with crumpled tissue paper, wrap tissue loosely around the outside and place in a carton lined with clean paper. The heavier hats should be placed on the bottom. Don't pack anything else with hats.

Shoes
Your shoes transport best when left in their original shoeboxes. It is recommended that you wrap each shoe individually and then in pairs. Footwear should be cushioned to avoid damage to leather, heels or ornaments. Don't pack heavy items on top of shoes.

Leather and furs
Fur and leather is especially sensitive to moisture and temperature. It is recommended that you take these items with you rather than having them moved on the van.

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