Packing Tips

Here’s How to Pack Your Books Properly for a Move12 min read

Nov 13, 2021 9 min
Here's How to Pack Your Books Properly for a Move

Here’s How to Pack Your Books Properly for a Move12 min read

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Books are one of the most difficult items to pack for a move. They’re heavy, awkward, and they take up an enormous amount of space in your boxes. But you don’t have to be intimidated by how to pack books. There are plenty of tips that will make packing them easier than ever before! Follow these simple steps and tricks to find out how easy it is to pack your books for moving day.

What You’ll Need

If you’re moving soon with your books, you may be concerned about how to pack and transport them in the best manner. Any bookworm knows how aggravating it is when a bent cover, ripped page, or warped spine occurs. Don’t worry, our expert movers will share packing recommendations with you to assist you in transporting your books without risk.

Equipment / Tools / Materials

A couple of strong cardboard boxes are all you need to pack up your books. They must be no deeper than 16 inches, so look for small sturdy ones with corrugated board and brown packing tape. These will provide the best protection against damage done by moisture or other elements during transport (although newspaper works just as well). Make sure there is plenty around if possible! 

You might also consider filling any empty gaps in between layers with rags/newspapers etc., but not too much since this could make closing difficult later on down the line when moving again – especially if using another set entirely of a different type container next time round.

General Packing Tips

The small, but not too light cardboard boxes are best. Line the inside of your box with packing paper or tissue before filling it up. This will help prevent any damages to books when you put them in a hurry and stack other heavy items on top! Make sure they’re packed flat for easy stacking so that if one falls over during transport everything remains safe from damage (not squished). Place larger/heavier volumes first such as a hardback book covered by an attractive slipcover, after all, we know what feels good.

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Get Rid of Damaged or Unwanted Books

Sell your books! You can either do this by hosting a yard sale or selling them on sites like eBay.

Donating books to a library is always an option for those who don’t want the hassle of selling their merchandise. You can start your free libraries in local neighborhoods and place all sorts of reading material there, so that others may enjoy what you have available too!

Trade with a friend! Offer to trade all your books for one or two of theirs. This is an easy way to make sure that the person who trades gets something they’ll love since it reduces their choices – but you end up getting some new reads in return too, so what’s not cool?

If you have books and want to make an impact in someone’s life, donate them! You can do this by dropping off your gently used literature at any local nonprofit organization or women’s shelter for free-grownup donation bins near the front doors of some houses of worship.

Sort and Separate your Books

The next step is to sort and separate your books by category. We suggest dividing them into genres or authors if you have a lot of different similar works, but it’s not necessary! When packing for storage make sure each box has an appropriate label so unpacking goes easier-you’ll know where all those favorite reads are when ready again later on down the line!

Make an Inventory

If you want to get more specific than labels, make an inventory. Write down each book that you place into the box and tape it on for easy access so next time when looking through your storage unit all books are right there in one spot ready to be found!

Medium Packing Boxes

You should never choose anything larger than a medium box, as it becomes too heavy and more likely to tear through the bottom with each move you make! Never use damp cardboard or pack while raining. This makes them weak for your books which can cause damage during shipping if they are not properly packed in protective materials like inner packaging paper/tape around their perimeters before being placed inside other items – we recommend doubling up on these steps just because accidents happen, but you don’t want to risk your books getting wet!

Plastic Containers

Plastic containers are an excellent choice for long-term book storage. They’re the best protectors against moisture and other damage, as they keep out air pollution that can cause mold or fungus growth inboxes over time due to their porous nature – but don’t worry! You’ll never need to worry about your precious collection getting dirty because these same properties make them water-resistant too. The only potential downside? Plastic is not made from wood which means no natural oils will seep through like they would if you had books stored inside closed-bound volumes.

So while this might sound limiting at first glance (especially when considering how important scenting up a space with unique smells can be), the upside is that there’ll be no chance of your books ever getting musty or dank, as they keep out air pollution that can cause mold or fungus growth inboxes over time due to their porous nature – but doesn’t worry! You’ll never need to worry about your precious collection getting dirty because these same properties make them water-resistant too. The only potential downside? Plastic book boxes are a bit more expensive than cardboard ones at the moment.

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Keep Out Pests

Bugs like silverfish, beetles, and booklice love to burrow in books. The first thing you should do is make sure the company storing with has preventative pest control- as this will keep bugs away from your precious treasures! Mothballs can also deter these pesky create, res but they smell horrible so instead opt for a cedar chair known to keep out pests without harming them or damaging any of our treasured volumes over there. Place some around each container when possible(or buy large bags online) because it’s always better safe than sorry.

Avoid Moisture

Moisture is the enemy of books. It causes pages to wrinkle, covers warp as well as binding come apart if it’s left exposed for a long period in time. Mold and mildew can also form quickly due to this moist environment that we want to avoid by keeping our boxes elevated or stored high up off any liquid areas like flood grounds where there might be standing water near them. Always keep your precious volumes away from moisture at all costs because once you’ve done so they’ll stay new longer!

Store in the Right Environment

At least once a year, take some time to go through your books and organize them by genre or subject. The safer you keep these collections of knowledge by storing them indoors where they can’t get wet from rainstorms or snow protection their physical condition also makes sure that pesky pests like dust mites don’t bother any pages! Standing shelving is another great way for people who live on higher floors or those with limited storage space to stack up more volumes without worrying about anything toppling over onto one another.

Tips for Long-Term Book Storage

Make sure your books will stay fresh and new long-term by storing them properly with these simple tips: 

  1. Store away from direct sunlight – even during the day. UV radiation can damage paper over time so keep an eye on where any shelves or racks might be located along windowsills inside buildings responsible for housing collections of literature (or other types).
  2. Packing material should always be non-acidic – never use newspapers or newsprint as these can have an acidic effect on paper over time. Use acid-free packing materials only, but if you are using alternative storage media like boxes and cars, make sure they aren’t made from recycled sources including corrugated cardboard items are.
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How to Pack Books in Boxes

To make sure your books are correctly packed in boxes, here’s how you should do it:

  1. Line the box with packing paper – this will protect both sides of each book. Wrap them one at a time by laying them spine down on their back and wrapping them up snugly to prevent movement during transportation. Use multiple wraps if necessary to secure items together tightly without damaging bindings or covers. Make sure all flaps are closed before securing them shut using packaging tape or string (or other strong material).
  2. Stack heavy objects on the bottom, lighter objects further up toward the top of the stack – use crumpled sheets of newspaper between hardcover volumes so they don’t rub against each other too much when stacked close together – Stack books with the same sizes together (all hardcovers, all paperbacks) on top of each other or next to one another for easy stacking and access.
  3. Use proper boxes: make sure they are large enough so that your book will fit in there without having to bend it at a weird angle. If you can’t find the right-sized box, use two smaller ones instead!
  4. Arrange how you stack your books while packing carefully: heavy objects should be on the bottom but spread out evenly across the entire bottom surface area of the box. Lighter objects toward the top where larger items/objects won’t crush them during transportation, use filler paper for between, never stack more than seven high.
  5. If you are packing books in larger boxes, be sure to fill other spaces with newspaper or bubble wrap so that your book does not get damaged during transport.

How to Pack Books in a Suitcase

If you don’t have boxes or do not like how they look in your room, make use of suitcases. To avoid damage to books while inside a suitcase, place each book on its side and lean them against one another for support. 

Avoid putting sharp objects in your suitcase, like razor blades. They may damage the slipcover and destroy valuable reads inside of it! Always pack books in your checked-in luggage. Whether you are flying or driving, it is important to keep the weight of suitcases as light and manageable as possible.

How to Pack Books for Shipping

So how do you pack books without bending them? It’s all about arranging the book properly, getting rid of air pockets, and being smart when filling up empty spaces! This is how it should go: start by standing the book on its spine then placing more books on top of it so that they are alternating their sides (the first one goes to the right side, second – left, etc). 

Envelope-style boxes work great for this because there are no edges that can get bent but if you don’t have any just place a piece of thick cardboard against each edge during stacking. If you want to protect single books wrap them in bubble wraps, place them vertically against the wall or other books and fill around with more bubble-wrapped books.

If your books are small enough you can just use a single box for storage but if they’re larger than that you need to take into account how many boxes it will take to fit everything inside of them so you don’t have too much space. You also want these packed tightly so another trick would be placing smaller items on top of large ones – this way every inch is being used! 

Another packing tip is not to pack all types of objects together because different kinds require different levels of protection which means certain things might get damaged during transport due to lack of care (i.e.: do not mix hardcover and softcover books).

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How to Pack Books for Travel

When you move abroad or travel outside your city, it’s important to pack books in such a way that they are protected while being transported. We have some extra tips on how best to do this: 

  1. Pack paperback editions carefully so as not to bend pages. If possible avoid putting heavy items underneath them when packing up for transport because one wrong step could cause damage from jumping out at unexpected times.
  2. For collector’s volumes which may be fragile due to handling repeated opening and closing of binding covers over time make sure all stickers/labels remain attached before finalizing suitcase choice.
  3. Use the right boxes when packing up your goods, make sure they are clean and dry before starting any kind of move. This will help avoid mold or bugs infesting anything you own. 
  4. Packing books for travel can be difficult, especially if you’re planning to take a lot of them.
  5. Place the soft items on top of the hard ones that are wrapped in your clothes or towels. This will act as padding and keep everything neatly packed together without damaging any pages.


If you’re preparing to move your books from one place to another, then the last thing that you want is for them to be damaged in transit. After all, they are a major investment and it would not only cost money but also time if you had to replace them after a long-distance move. 

There are many ways of packing books with varying degrees of success-from using boxes or bookcases, arranging by size or subject matter, etc., so we have put together this guide on how best to pack books when moving house so that hopefully things will go smoothly! 

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