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Household Goods Packing Tips

How to pack household goods safely for your overseas move

Household goods packing tips could be a long checklist of criteria one might have to walk through when considering moving personal goods. But it requires a fair bit of experience to actually compile this list of to-do’s to help plan your move effectively.

And if your plans are international and you intend to move overseas, it could be a whole new experience altogether.

One could come across all sorts of different household goods varying in shapes, sizes and weights.

Investing time and effort in planning your move definitely helps ease out the entire process. It’s a good practice to reach out to overseas moving companies and seek information from their knowledge database.

It goes without saying that improper packing is one of the major concerns when it comes to breakages and damage. Following are some of the basic packing materials one should consider to use for packing household goods:

  • Always insist on using strong boxes to pack the fragile items
  • Make sure the bottom of the box has additional tape to prevent opening when lifted
  • Wrap all fragile items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper
  • Corrugated boxes that can be closed shut are highly recommended to secure your belongings
  • Plan on using lot of strong packaging tape, labels and markers to clearly identify the content being places in various boxes
  • Try and use blank newspapers, plastics or bubble wraps to fill the empty spaces in the cartons

Box of Household Goods packed carefully
Personal items and goods are separated and packed carefully inside sturdy boxes

Different household goods will have to be handled in different ways to ensure they are secured, correctly packed and can be moved easily. Following are some pointers to pack some of the commonly found household items:


  1. Remember to unplug all electronics
  2. Refrigerators need to be unplugged 24 hrs prior to loading as they need to drain of excess water and ice
  3. Tape the inner table in a microwave oven so it does not move inside and break the glass door
  4. Check the device manuals for all appliances for any special instructions
  5. Double pack electronics with glass screens safely to ensure they do not break


  1. Fragile bone china and ceramic kitchenware needs to be packed in bubble wrap
  2. Glass containers and sharp cutlery should be wrapped with extra packaging
  3. Place paper between all plates/bowls/cups and dinnerware to prevent chipping and breaking
  4. Wrap cutlery and utensils together in tight bundles and bubble wrap before putting in boxes
  5. Wine glasses/ vases / crystal pieces etc, should all be double wrapped in paper and bubble wrap

Small Furniture Products

  1. Ensure the edges are fully covered to prevent chipping
  2. Remember to protect the surfaces with a bed sheet to prevent scratches
  3. This furniture will probably be double stacked in the truck and container so all surfaces must be well protected

Other Items

  1. Books can be packed in corrugated boxes- don’t over pack large boxes as books are heavy. Pack in multiple small boxes
  2. International sized bags could be used to pack clothes and shoes
  3. Wardrobe boxes with hangers are available from your service provider
  4. Photo frames can be packed by placing packaging paper between multiple frames
  5. Fine art, pianos, and musical instruments all have unique requirements for packing- please consult your service provider

The most important thing is to have an in-depth discussion with your international shipping consultant while making your initial inquiry. If you disclose all important information about all the articles that you need moving, it makes the whole process easier to organize from a shipping point of view.

We at Schumacher Cargo Logistics also offer professional and affordable packing services to all our clients who may not have the time to pack themselves.
Moving is a three stage process :

  1. Making sure you have all your household goods packed correctly by a professional moving crew
  2. Moving these items from the house to the loading warehouse for loading into a container for ocean freight
  3. Careful unpacking of the goods upon arrival at your new destination.

Overseas moving companies like Schumacher Cargo Logistics are your one stop shop that manages all these three aspects of moving services and offer complete peace of mind.  So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and request a free overseas moving estimate by calling us at 800-599-0190 or by visiting our website.

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