Packing Tips

How to Pack Dishes When Moving8 min read

Sep 30, 2021 6 min
How to Pack Dishes When Moving

How to Pack Dishes When Moving8 min read

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Moving is always somewhat stressful, but how will you pack your dishes? Proper packing can take many of the worries out of your move. 

Packing and unpacking are two separate processes that must be done correctly if they want their objects to arrive in one piece not damaged or broken from being handled improperly during transport.

Although it may seem like a difficult task at first glance (and maybe even impossible), using these tips as well as our list below should make things much easier for everyone involved!

Materials for Packing Dishes

Packing dishes is a delicate process, and you need to allow for as little wiggle room when packing your china. Paper will help protect most breakable items from glassware to fine China so make sure there’s plenty of it!

Boxes should be the medium size use them in place of rigid cardboard boxes (they’re easier on breaks) with protective paper lining inside them or wrap individual plates/bowls by themselves. Using clear plastic bags then pack those too if possible- this way nothing gets bent during transport which could result in chipped pieces due to either poor handling skills or worse yet broken.

If you don’t want to damage your dishes during transport, use the dish box. They are designed with thicker and stronger padding that will help absorb any shock from an accident or rough handling by carrier personnel so they stay in better condition than most moving boxes on the market today!

How to Pack Dishes and Glasses – General Steps 

Packaging and how you put items together is important when it comes to how safe your fragile, valuable dishes will be while moving from one place to another – whether they’re going by car, airplane, boat, or any other method of transportation! 

You wouldn’t want any accidents while transporting dishes from one place to another because they are fragile. To avoid chipped dishes, wash off all dirt and soap residue before packing them together in a box (two if possible).

After wrapping each dish with plastic bags or cellophane bags, pack them tightly inside boxes where there is no room for movement around them – nothing breaks or gets damaged during transport. It’s also a good idea to wrap the dishes in some newspaper or paper towels before putting them into boxes.

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Preparation is key to how you pack dishes. While moving, there are many ways how to protect fragile items during the move process even if it means taking some extra time and effort to get them ready for transport.

Packing for the move is an involved process, and there are many things to remember. You’ll want your boxes reinforced at both ends with packing tape before adding in layers of paper or newsprint padding them out so that they’re sturdy enough not only to take the weight when loaded but also to protect fragile items inside from potential bumps along the way.

Avoid using too much bubble wrap because this can get expensive as well as inconvenient.

Wrap Each Dish 

You may be tempted to add layers of bubble wrap or newspaper in between each dish for extra protection. However, the best way to protect your dishes is by wrapping them individually with something sturdy like paper or plastic wrap before adding more layers on top.

Bubble wrap should only be used once you’ve wrapped the plates because newsprint can get caught underneath it and damage whatever’s beneath it when moving day arrives.

Box up the Dishes

To keep your plates from shifting around in the box, fill any gaps with packing paper. You can also use crumpled-up newspapers to protect items that have a lot of nooks and crannies like coffee cups.

If you’re worried about how securely this will hold everything together, add more tape on top of whatever is keeping it all wrapped tightly so nothing shifts when moving day rolls around. It’s important to not place too much weight on these boxes either because they can break through completely if loaded down after being filled snugly with dishes already inside them.

Seal and Label Your Dish Boxes

Once you’re done packing your dishes, seal the box with sturdy tape and make sure to label it as “Fragile” on all sides. Doing this will protect them even more so than using crumpled-up newspapers because how fragile they are is now clear for everyone who’ll be lifting these boxes off of moving trucks or out of storage units.

Load on the Truck

Pack them with the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter ones towards the top so they won’t be resting against or on top of each other at any point during transit. This is important because if you stack too much weight onto these boxes while in route it can cause all of your belongings inside of them to shift around which makes an already fragile situation even more dangerous for how easily glassware breaks when jostled like that.

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How to Pack Plates, Bowls, and Platters

Make sure that any of the plates, bowls, or platters you are packing have their box instead of sharing one with another item. If they share a box it can be too easy for something to get slung forward and damage your items when in transit which is how so many people end up finding broken dishes after moving day even though they took extreme care when packing.

This may not be how you would normally stack your dishware but the idea here is that by putting these items in a vertical position they are less likely to move around or break during transport because it makes them much more stable than if we were just stacking things horizontally on top of each other with no support for stability. This technique can also save quite some space as opposed to getting one big pile instead of many little ones!

How to Pack Wine Glasses

You don’t want to put your wine glasses in a box at the bottom because you will be crushing them. Instead how about putting some paper towels or tissue around each one and then individually wrapping them in bubble wrap? You can also use a dish pack which is made specifically for packing dishes, glassware, china & chinaware.

Place a wine glass on top of the packing paper vertically. Take hold of one corner of the packing paper and roll the glass into it. Make sure to tuck the paper’s edges in, just as you would when wrapping a burrito. Continue rolling the glass on the paper until you’ve gone all the way around it.

Place the now wrapped glass on another layer of packing paper vertically and roll once more. Repeat 3-5 times (depending on the thickness of the glass) with additional layers of packing paper until the glass is adequately supported and cushioned. Repeat for each wine glass.

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How to Pack Pots and Pans

Packing your pots and pans is important because it prevents scratches, dents in the cookware, and protects from breakage. When considering how to pack dishes you may be tempted to skip on this step but don’t! Nonstick metal surfaces are particularly susceptible.

When you’re moving, wrap your pots and pans in a lot of newspapers to keep them safe. Fold the corner of one sheet of paper to the middle while laying out your packing paper. Fill any pots with packing paper to strengthen them.

While their surfaces require additional padding, pots and pans do not need to be transported in dish boxes or barrels. Standard medium-sized packing boxes should do the trick just fine.

Other Kitchen Items

Wrap the handles of big things, such as pitchers, individually before wrapping them together.

To wrap a teapot, wind rolled-up paper around the handle before wrapping it in the additional paper. Remove the teapot from the box and lay it face down on top of a stack of packing paper. Fold several sheets over it to make a bundle, then tape it in place. Place the teapot lid in a separate box from the teapot. The teapot should remain upside down in the box.

Pots and pans in graduated sizes nested together in groups. In a big pan, line two or three sheets of packing paper with another larger pan. Place the tiny pans inside each other in a never-ending manner until you reach an entirely diminutive pan. Wrap nested pans in at least three more pieces of packing paper, turning them upside down if necessary. Before packing it in a box, wrap the bundle with tape and fill it with packaging material.


Packing dishes is notoriously difficult. If you’re moving soon, be sure to read this article before throwing your china into a box! We have tips for packing fragile items and chinaware that will take the worry out of your move. Here’s how to pack one of the trickiest things dishes like a pro to make unpacking even easier after it’s time to settle in at your new address.

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