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January 1, 2018

The Best Way to Pack and Store Fragile Items

When you’re moving to a new place or storing some of your things in a storage unit, you want to make sure that even your most fragile items can make the journey without a problem. Here at Elite Self Storage we offer the supplies and advice you need to make sure that you don’t lose anything precious in your next move. Not all fragile objects require the same precautions, but here are some tips on how to make sure that no moving box is full of disappointment when you reach your destination.

Don’t Rush

If you know that you’re moving some fragile items, don’t wait until the last possible second. Packing up fragile things can take some time, so you don’t want to rush it. Properly pack each item, because taking shortcuts can result in damage or broken things. And speaking of packing properly…

Have the Proper Supplies

Before you get ready to move or transport some fragile items to a storage locker, make sure that you have the supplies you need on hand. We’re talking about boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and everything else you need for a big move. Fortunately, we can actually sell you many of the packing supplies that you need! We make it easy to protect your most valuable things while they’re in transit.

Don’t Overfill Boxes

If you’re moving a lot of items, you may try to have as few boxes as possible. While this sounds like a good idea in theory, it can actually make things more difficult. Overstuffed boxes can be harder to pack and they don’t protect your stuff as well. Make sure that your fragile items aren’t crammed together in a way that can end up damaging them. In addition to these general tips, there are also some specific steps you should take when packing up certain objects. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common fragile items we see in our storage units.


For plates, it’s smart to wrap each plate individually in bubble wrap and pack them vertically. If you’re dealing with fine china or another more valuable plate, try placing cardboard or foam between each one. You don’t want them to have too much room to move around, but you also don’t want to pack boxes too tightly.


Glasses can be wrapped individually in packing paper. Fill larger glasses with additional paper to eliminate some of the empty space inside and reduce the chance of a breakage. Make sure that the box you’re packing glasses in is lined with paper and remember to place heavier items on the bottom. Taking these steps should help you protect your glasses. Remember that we also offer some dish and glass packing kits if you want to go the extra mile in protecting your most fragile items.


Mirrors and other large glass items, like frames, can be tricky. Placing painters tape across the middle of the glass in a star shape can help stop the glass from shifting in transit and getting damaged. If you follow our tips, you can be sure that your most fragile items reach their destination intact. Contact us if you need need help packing, moving, or storing your items!