How to Pack Fragile Items

Packing fragile items is a hassle. It can be even more frustrating when you don't know how to pack them properly! If you want to ship some fragile items without worrying about them getting damaged in transit, follow these 5 easy steps on how to pack fragile items.

1. Review your belongings.

When you're packing, it's important to know what you have to pack. This includes reviewing the things in your home and determining whether they are breakable or too big for a box. Additionally, make note of any sentimental items that might be difficult to replace if they were broken during transit.

Before packing anything fragile, look through your belongings and decide which of them might need special handling during the move. A good rule of thumb is not to pack anything that has glass in it unless it's been wrapped in bubble wrap. Another helpful tip is to make sure all electrical cords are properly secured so that they don't get tangled or caught on something else as you're moving boxes around inside the truck (or room).

2. Pack boxes with cushioning on the bottom and sides

  • Use the right size box for your item. A box that is too small will not protect your fragile items from damage and may even cause more harm than good.
  • Choose a sturdy, clean, dry box. If you can't find a suitable box in your home or office, get creative and make one out of an old cardboard box. The bottom should be flat so that it stands firmly on its own without tipping over or sliding around in transit.
  • Make sure there are no holes or tears in the packaging material before putting fragile items inside it!

3. Bubble wrap to fill in gaps in the box.

Bubble wrap is a great way to fill gaps in your box and create some cushion between the fragile item and the box. For example, if you have a small, thin glass vase but there are huge gaps in the box around it—which will result in the vase getting knocked around inside of your moving truck—you can use bubble wrap to bridge those spaces so that it’s not as easy for things to shift around. This will also help protect against breakage from impact with other objects inside of your moving truck.

4. Add cushioning under the lid of the box.

The #1 thing people forget when they pack fragile items: add cushioning under the lid of your box. This will help to prevent any damage that may occur to an item if it is moved around during transit. A think cut of foam or a layer of packing peanuts makes a world of difference if something were to fall on top of the box.

5. Secure, Label, Communicate

  • Use packing tape to seal the box and make it as watertight as possible.
  • Use a label to indicate that the contents are fragile and/or breakable, or write "FRAGILE" in large letters across all sides of the box in permanent marker so any handlers know not to toss it around too much!
  • Take the extra precaution and communicate directly with movers which boxes are fragile.


It’s important to remember that even if you take extra precautions, there is no 100% guarantee that fragile items will make it to their destination safely. If you want to be sure that your belongings get there without being damaged, you’ll need to enlist the help of professionals who can package everything properly and deliver them on time. Top Dog Movers is happy to take on the responsibility of packing so that you can focus on you and your family.