July 18, 2014

Packing Tips: How to Pack Fragile Items

Moving box with a fragile item


Packing fragile and sentimental items can be stressful if you are not sure how to keep them safe during your move. But don't worry — we have put together some tips on packing fragile items to help you get your belongings through your move intact.

  • Don't skip packing materials! Good packing material for fragile items is one of the most forgotten items when it comes time to pack. When you pick up your boxes and moving tape, don’t forget to get the bubble wrap and packing pellets. You can even purchase specially made boxes for items like your delicate china and dishes.
  • Start heavy! If you are filling a box with heavy, fragile pieces — place the heavier items in first. Just make sure they are sufficiently wrapped in packing materials. If there is still room in the box, you can place lighter objects on top.
  • Fill it up! You never want to leave a lot of space in your box of fragile items. Fill it up as much as you can with items such as linens, t-shirts, and pillows to cushion your fragile pieces. This will ensure that your items will not move around, and will mean fewer boxes overall.
  • Label it! Don't be shy with those sharpies! You should always label your boxes of fragile items. List the items that are in the box and which room they will go in when you reach your destination.
  • Move smoothly! 1-800-PACK-RAT’s unique lift system keeps your moving container level when being picked up and delivered. Corrugated cut-outs in the container allow you to use straps, bungee cords and netting for extra security.  


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July 15, 2014

Tips to Avoid Moving Stress

woman avoiding moving stress

Did you know that moving ranks as one of the most stressful events in a person's life? If you have moved before, likely you know how true that is. Packing up everything you own and moving to a new home can be a difficult and stressful task. Fortunately, 1-800-PACK-RAT is ready to help you achieve a smooth and stress-free move!

  1. Planning, planning and more planning: Planning is key for a successful move. That's why we developed — an app that you can access anytime and anywhere from virtually any device. It's free and walks you through the entire moving process. It's a great way to start your planning and then follow-through.
  2. Do your homework: Much moving stress is caused by things going wrong, or certainly not as expected. By choosing trusted partners to help you pack, store and transport your valuables, you are assured a good experience. Make sure you investigate your movers and their services and read their reviews.
  3. Schedule your time well: Your move can get stressful when time starts running out. There is a lot to do when it comes to moving, so be sure to give yourself ample time to get everything done. Take a look at your family's calendars and schedules to make sure there are no major conflicts.
  4. Say farewell: It can be difficult to say goodbye to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Take the time to enjoy a final dinner, party or informal get-together where you can visit with the friends you have made in your current town. A goodbye party will give you something to look forward to as you wade through the moving process.

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June 27, 2014

Stay Safe During Your Summer Move

Woman drinking bottled water

It's hot out there, PACK-RATs, and it is only getting hotter. Summer is the peak moving season, which means that thousands of people are packing, driving and unloading in this summer heat. It's important to take precautions when moving in these rising temperatures to ensure the safety of you, your family and your pets. 


  1. Wear sunscreen: If you will be loading and unloading in the sun, wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn and protect your skin. A case of sun poisoning will bring your move to a halt while you heal.
  2. Keep cool: Be sure to take breaks from loading your storage container outdoors and cool off in the air conditioning of your home. Call ahead to make sure the electricity will be on in your new home before you get there so you are not stuck unpacking in a sizzling hot house.
  3. Stay hydrated: If you are working in the heat, it can be easy to get dehydrated. It doesn't take long to get sick in the heat, so keep water on hand for you and anyone helping outdoors. 
  4. Keep an eye on kids and pets: Don't forget that moving can be hard on kids and pets. Find a safe and cool place for them while you are loading and unloading. 

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