Triple Protection Is Triple Good

Posted on: 20 January 2016

If you're moving soon and need to pack up your home, packing the dishes and glasses in the kitchen will likely be one of the more time-consuming tasks. You may be tempted to take shortcuts or just do the minimum possible to cover the glasses, given that they'll be placed in a special dishpack-type box anyway. But extra protection is necessary because you don't know what kind of jostling the glasses will receive. Here's a look at the three different layers of packing that you'll want to use.

Newspaper or Packing Paper

Rolling a glass up in a sheet of newspaper or packing paper doesn't seem very protective, but there are two reasons to do this. One is to protect the glass against scratches, but the other is to restrict the glass from flying everywhere if the glass breaks. A glass that's been rolled up relatively tightly in newspaper can still break, of course, but you're less likely to have shards sliding around in the box.

Newspaper is cheap but can leave newsprint ink on your fingers, which you can transfer to other items. Packing paper doesn't have ink but can be more expensive. However, both will work fine in terms of the basic reasons listed for using the paper. Be sure to crumple up a sheet of the paper and use it to fill the cavity of the glass once the glass has been wrapped. 

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap forms the cushioning layer, of course. The more padding you can place around the glass, the more likely the glass will be to survive any impacts. It doesn't matter too much whether you use bubble wrap with large or small air pockets; large air pockets can be more pillow-like, requiring fewer sheets of the wrap to provide adequate protection, but if you use sheets with smaller air pockets, you could just use more sheets to provide adequate cushioning.


If you use the first two layers of wrapping, don't think that means you can get away with putting the glasses in a plain box. You still want to use a special dishpack box for glasses. This is a regular cardboard box with dividers inside that form individual compartments. Placing one class in each compartment prevents the glasses from knocking into each other and breaking each other.

If you'd like more packing tips, contact moving companies that offer packing services (such as They can provide you with supplies, or if you decide you don't want to deal with packing yourself, you can arrange for them to do the work.


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