Packing Tips

The Basics.

Always tape the open edges of the carton fully.

Always start off any carton with crumpled paper on the bottom to cushion the contents.

Place heavy items in the bottom of the carton and lighter articles on the top.

By rule wrap everything in the carton separately. This protects other items in the carton from getting scratched.

Pack for the best density possible, make sure there is no empty space left in the packed box.

All television sets, electronic equipment and microwaves that can fit in boxes, should be packed.

Fill all cartons to the very top. This will prevent shifting of the articles in the carton, as well as keep the carton from crushing under any weight being placed on top of it.

Try not to place items from several different rooms in the same carton.
When full, place more paper inside the top of the carton, then close the flaps, taping all the seems.

Use a permanent marker, write your name and a general description of the contents on two adjacent sides.

When finished packing take a final tour of the house with the customer to make sure all items to be moved have been packed.

The Boxes

Book Box or 1.5 Cubic Foot Carton

The 1.5 Carton or book box is the most versatile carton there is. It is used for books, records, canned goods, tools, weights or any small heavy items. 1.5 Cartons can be packed with stemware and placed in Dishpacks.

Medium Box or 3.1 Cubic Foot Carton

The 3.1 carton or Medium Box is designed for small appliances, cooking utensils, shoes, etc. The 3.1 Carton can be used as a telescope box, to extend a Dishpack to accommodate items too long to fit in a dishpack normally.

Large Box or 4.5 Cubic Foot Carton

The 4.5 carton or Large Box is designed for pillows, quilts and some lamp shades. Remember to leave a box for your bedding and last minute items that you will need your last night at home.

Extra Large Box or 6.1 Carton

The 6.1 Carton or Extra Large Box is designed for items similar to the 4.5 only larger. Remember the 4.5 and 6.5 cartons are for bulky lightweight items.


The dishpack is also known as a 5.2 cubic foot carton within the moving industry and is the strongest moving box available at Montgomery Movers. It is double wall corrugated constructed and has a 250lb per square inch bursting strength rating. It is designed for glasses, dishes, lamp bases, and virtually all other household fragile items.

The Dishpacks strength can be supplemented by “cell packs”. These are cardboard dividers that may be purchased to increase the tinsel strength to the items packed inside. We also recommend the use of bubble wrap in dishpacks for extremely fragile items. the rule of thumb for all other moving boxes is that they should weigh about 40 pounds, but Dish packs are supposed to be heavy. A heavy dishpack is a sign that it is properly packed.


The Wardrobe Box is used to hang your clothing, just as if it were in the closet. Our wardrobes are 18″ wide, so you can estimate how many Wardrobes you need by measuring how many linear inches of clothes you have divided by 18 equals the number boxes you need.

Mirror Carton

Mirror cartons are collapsible 2 or 4 piece containers designed to protect pictures, mirrors and panes of glass. The pieces telecope together to fit the item snuggly to prevent movement inside this carton. Use paper pads, paper or even bubble wrap inside this carton to pad the item packed.

The Rooms


Use your table as a work station, be sure to protect it’s surface with a furniture pad, quilt or blanket before starting.

Pack the counters and items along the walls first. Pack dishes on their edges in a dishpack. This makes the dish stronger.

Pack Glasses standing up; never lay glass on it’s side.

Nestle pots and pans inside each other with paper in between.

Make sure the tops to liquid bottles are tight before wrapping them and place upright.

Any open food containers should be taped closed.

Make sure to mark packages inside the dishpack that contain sharp knives.

Don’t pack any of the Hazardous Materials listed on the Moving Tips page of this website.

Before leaving the kitchen double check all cabinets, drawers and pantries for any items left out.

Living Room

Because many delicate items are found here, dishpacks are often used in the living room. This room is usually where you keep your collectibles.

Be sure to mark the side of the box that your TV screen is on.

Place lamp shades in cartons by themselves.

Remove glass shelves from cabinets. Wrap them individually and work them into a dishpack.

Use Wardrobe cartons to pack Large artificial plants.

Dining Room

Use a Dish pack to pack the fine china, crystal and silver contents of your china cabinet and buffet.

Pack other items in appropriate boxes listed above.


Use your bed as a packing surface, be sure to protect it as you did with your kitchen table.

Wrap shoes and purses individually.

Pack all items from dressers, nightstands and closets.

Be sure to leave a box to put your bedding in on the day of the load.


Make sure not to pack any medications that you need.

Wrap each bottle, vial from you medicine cabinet separately in a Book Box.

Make sure the tops of the bottles are tight before wrapping.

Even though linens are not fragile, put a layer of paper on the top and the bottom of the box.

The Garage

Remember if it is small enough to pack in a carton, it needs to be packed. Be careful to not make cartons besides dishpacks too heavy.

Remember no Hazardous Items may be packed.

If your attic entrance is in the garage, be sure to check it for items that need to be packed.

During the hot days of summer it is wise to pack the garage and attic in the morning while it is still cool.