How to pack like a pro!
Watch this presentation to learn about packing up your shipment for an International Move. You can pack as well or better than a mover by following these steps. This is International Moving Made Easy! Take your time, buy the correct materials and you too can be an International Packer!
How to pack for an International Move
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“I wish I could spend more on my moving costs.” Said nobody Ever !
“Go Pack Yourself”
Thank you for considering UPakWeShip for your moving needs. We
offer everyone the best possible customer service and the most
economic ways of shipping without compromising on service and
promise you an all inclusive price. We are very proud to be, as far as we
know the only company offering all these things. UPakWeShip is the
self packing division of EuroUSA Shipping which is part of The Euro
Group and has been in business since 1988 so you are in very safe,
experienced hands when you move with UPakWeShip.
Hopefully the next few minutes will give you a better idea of how to
pack like a pro. I have been in the moving business for over 30 years
and have moved internationally five times my self so any help or advice
you need please call me.
Mark Nash 1 866 868 6386 firstname.lastname@example.org
What you need,
your shopping list
Buy good quality moving boxes of the same size (so they stack well
Buy 2 inch packing tape or duct tape.
Plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper.
Movers blankets for protecting furniture.
Plastic covers to go over Mattresses, arm chairs & sofas.
Shipping trunks are great for bedding or clothes wrapped around
some fragile items.
Plastic totes can work well instead of moving cartons.
You can but packing materials from any self storage place, U Haul,
online websites, Staples, Home Depot or Lowes.
China & Glass
Buy the specially designed cardboard boxes for china & glass. They
are thicker than a standard carton. Put some padding in the bottom
of the box like a cushion, pillow or crushed up paper. Wrap each
item in paper and bubble wrap, for glasses you can roll them and
tuck in the ends. For plates and larger items fold the paper and
bubble wrap over and around it. Always pack glasses and plates
standing up for better strength. If in doubt wrap again in bubble and
paper. Fill up any spaces in the box with crushed up paper or bubble
wrap. Put some padding at the top of the box, make sure its full and
tight and tape up well along the middle and the seems at the sides.
You can use proper wardrobe boxes to hang things or lay flat
clothes boxes. My personal favorite though is just use
standard cartons and don’t waste the money on special
clothes boxes. It doesn’t matter what you do with your
clothes, they are going to get creased and loose their
freshness and end up in the washer or dry cleaners so why
waste the money with fancy boxes! The vacuum bags are a
great way to save space, Either put them in a carton or trunk
or lay them on top of your boxes in a U Box.
The easiest way to ship a bike is to go to your local bike store and
ask them if they have a bike box you can have. (New bikes get
delivered to stores in them) You will probably have to take the
pedals off and may be the handle bars or front wheel but you will
find its easier to pack around and over a bike in a box than as it is
with a blanket over it! Also its well protected this way. The only
time this is overkill is if you are loading your own shipping
container in which case load them near the back of the container
and place a blanket over them for protection and to stop any oil
getting on anything else.
If you are taking a bed then you are limited to our UPod / liftvan
service or the self load 20 foot container service. Either way wrap
the mattress and bed spring in mattress bags. I would double bag
it for extra protection and then wrap some tape around the
plastic for extra strength and seal the end. Now it wont get dirty!
For extra protection you can buy a mattress box which is a huge
box the size of a mattress that you would slide the plastic
wrapped mattress into and tape up the end. Mattresses also
make great bulk heads and cushioning if loading a 20 foot
Most furniture can be protected in a shipping container or a
UPod by being wrapped and taped up in moving blankets. You
can also purchase large bags that you can place over sofas
and chairs to keep them clean before covering in blankets.
Cover any glass like in a cabinet with cardboard. A flat packed
box works great. You could also use bubble wrap or paper /
bubble blankets but good old moving blankets work the best.
Blankets are available from Lowes and Home Depot as well as
U Haul and most self storage places.
Real Fragile Items
Its hard to cover everything fragile but here are some
good ideas! Cover anything in 4 layers around of
bubble wrap and then taped for great protection and
then placed in a box or covered in cardboard.
Polystyrene nuts work great for an awkward piece of
sculpture in a box, a fragile piece of coral or glass can
be placed in a shoe box filled with rice and then taped
up and placed into a larger box. Wood crates, trunks,
exhibit or gig cases work extremely well for protecting
most things. Always individually wrap everything and
pack tight so nothing can move around. If in doubt use
more bubble wrap!
Wrap pictures in plenty of bubble wrap. If an oil painting, first
place kitchen roll over the picture to avoid any scratching. Roll it
around a few times thick, tape well and place in a cardboard
picture carton or slide into a flat cardboard carton and tape up
ends. Picture boxes are available from self store and U Haul shops
as well as on line. Some times it might be worth ditching the frame
and rolling up the picture and putting in a cardboard tube and
framing again when you get to your destination. Smaller pictures
should be wrapped well in bubble wrap and placed in a strong
cardboard carton with plenty of padding at the top and bottom.
These days you can buy a box for almost anything but
if not use your imagination. Wrap well in bubble wrap
or a moving blanket, tape up well then cover in
cardboard. Sometimes you can split open a flat packed
carton and wrap around an item. If you can buy a hard
case for your keyboard, golf clubs, trumpet or snooker
cue I suggest you do it!
If you don’t have your original box then wrap well in
bubble wrap and place in a flat screen TV box
available at self storage shops or U Haul. Anything
fragile like a TV is best to be placed in a U Box, U
Crate, UPod or a self load shipping container. Make
sure it is loaded in the upright position and can not
Things like books, DVD’s CD’s or even vinyl records need
to be packed into book cartons. These are between 1.5
and 2 cubic feet. Do not pack them in larger boxes as
the box will then be too heavy to lift and might also
bust open with all that weight. Always stack contents
on end and not flat for more strength and therefore less
chance of any damage. Always tape up well along the
middle of the flaps and also along the edges. Make sure
boxes are full and contents are tight so that nothing in
the box can move and being full keeps the box in good
shape and it can not crush or bust open.
Try and pack everything into boxes but items that
are too big need to be wrapped and taped up in
cardboard or blankets. If you are loading your own
shipping container you can put garden tools into an
open top box and tape them together. Load items
like lawn movers and other oily dirty things last and
cover in old blankets so that oil doesn’t get on
What not to pack
No mover is licensed to ship guns, weapons or ammunition
overseas so do not include them. Also no explosives,
hazardous items or anything flammable should be loaded. No
living items like plants, food, dirt or animals are allowed.
Most countries do not allow any food stuff including animal
food. Alcohol and tobacco products are allowed into most
countries but you will probably be charged duties and taxes
that will end up costing you more than if you bought it locally
at the destination. Personally I am against packing any liquids
in case they leek and ruin everything else in your box or
shipment. Its just not worth packing shampoo and shower gel
etc.! Always check destination customs information before
you start packing.
If the boxes you are using don’t list the cubic feet on
them, measure in inches the Length x Width x Height, multiply
together and divide by 1728 and that will give you the cubic feet of
your carton. Use lifting straps like in the picture to save back problems!
Rent or borrow a loading ramp if loading a shipping container or hire 2
men and a loading ramp from a local mover to help you load.
If you are not sure if your things will fit into one of our service options,
then using masking tape or blue painters tape, mark the dimensions on
your floor and wall to see if everything will fit in that area.
If all your belongings would fit in a single garage then they will fit in a
20 foot shipping container. Use a telescopic bulk head or 8x4 wood in a
X with plywood sheets or mattress in front to hold everything in place
if loading a shipping container. Use same size boxes so they stack well
Make moving fun for everyone involved. Build a fort or house
with some boxes. Everyone loves popping some bubble wrap
and playing with the plastic peanuts! Let kids & pets be
involved. Give kids a box to pack their things in (even if you
have to re pack it later) and let them design their own boxes!
The U Box makes a great play house fyi!
The Packing List
You will have to list everything you are shipping for customs
purposes, but for most countries you can be a little general
with your descriptions. For example Box 1 Books, Box 2
Clothes, Box 3 Kitchenware etc. Some countries have some
special rules such as Mexico where you have to write serial
numbers of all electrical items and Singapore where its best to
list titles of all videos and DVD’s for Customs. The item
number on the packing list will need to match the number on
the box. We email you labels to stick on your boxes where you
can write the box numbers.
Make sure all your boxes and wrapped items are marked with
your name and item number. This is very important in case
your shipment is opened or unloaded by customs or unloaded
for the final delivery to your residence. If everything is clearly
marked then it is easy to identify and the box number can be
checked against the packing list to make sure everything is
there and nothing is left behind. If you mark your boxes with
the room it needs to go to then it makes placing everything in
the right room a breeze. It’s a good idea to mark up a box with
anything you need urgently the other end such as the kettle,
bed screws, screwdriver, mugs, and kids favorite toy!
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you will see a page called Rate US where customers
have completed our survey and have said some
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customers have posted direct onto our web site. Not
something that we could make up ourselves. We are
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committed to keeping it that way. Hopefully you
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We also understand with social media these days
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and the only way we can accomplish this is by
offering a quality first class service. So just because
your saving a bundle on moving costs do not think
you are compromising on service.
All Inclusive Prices
For shipments through to door we guarantee our prices.
You will NOT be charged any extra charges at the destination unless it is backed up with an official receipt such as customs
duties on a new item or AQIS (quarantine fee in Australia or “Maf” in New Zealand).
No other shipping company offers you this guarantee.
Ask others that you have requested a quote from if there are any extras on top off their price and they will tell you that yo u
"might" have to pay for customs inspection or x ray or security fees at the destination. No one will tell you how much it wil l
cost you but this could easily be an extra $200 charged at the destination with no back up paperwork that you have no
option but to pay if you want your things.
UPakWeShip WILL NOT charge anything extra at the destination unless we have documented proof that an extra charge
did occur, and in the very rare event that something does occur, we will pass that cost on over to you at our cost with
documented proof that it occurred.
We are that confident that our all inclusive charges are ALL INCLUSIVE that if you think otherwise please call our
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Shipments quoted to arrival port or terminal only do not include fees at destination which can include port charges, terminal
and hand out charges as well as customs broker fee’s that you will have to pay at destination.
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