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How to Pack Books for Moving


If you’re thinking about moving, then you’ve probably wondered how to pack books for moving. The truth is, it’s important to ensure your books are properly packed to prevent an accidental mess or damage. When moving or traveling, you want to pack your books in such a way that they’re protected.

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This article highlights a few tips and tricks on how to pack books when moving. We’ll also outline some of the materials you’ll need for packing for a move across town or if you’re moving long distance.

If you don’t make the effort to pack your books properly, your collector’s books will get damaged and inevitably decrease their value. It’s also important to avoid packing your books in a way that their pages could open and get damaged during transportation.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Enough strong cardboard boxes. If possible, buy new boxes. However, you can also find high-quality used boxes if you know the right places to search. Look for small, sturdy boxes that aren’t too deep. A maximum of 16” deep should suffice. You can also look into alternatives to cardboard boxes, but make sure that they’ll still be able to hold the weight of all of your boxes.
  • Lots of tape. Brown packing tape is great for keeping boxes closed. However, masking tape is easier to remove and less likely to damage should it come in contact with the book itself. So, it’s up to you to choose between what kind of packing tape you should use.
  • Rags, newspapers and other stuff that you can use to fill the empty glass in the box.

Packing Tips

Look for Strong Boxes That Are Not Too Big

Books are quite heavy, and for lifting purposes, you want to pack your books in smaller boxes. It is a good idea to look for these packing materials once you’re looking into when to start packing to move. You should also look into the temperature that you’ll be moving into such as how hot it’ll be in Phoenix and whatnot to ensure that the temperatures don’t ruin your books. 

Line the Boxes Before Filling Them

Line boxes with packing paper or tissue, especially when packing hardback books with attractive slipcovers.

Pack the Books Flat

Packing the books flat helps to avoid mishaps if you stack other boxes on top. Depending on the shape and size of the boxes you use to pack books, you should be able to flat-pack books into two separate stacks.

Fill the Gaps in The Box

This helps to secure the books in place. You can use bedding, clothes or old newspaper. Towels will also do a good job.

Don’t Be Stingy with The Packing Tape

Since books are heavy, it makes sense to tape the box around several times to secure its contents. Protecting the books with more tape will cut down on your moving costs as you’ll preserve the condition of your books and won’t have to spend anything on restoration.

Don’t Forget to Label Boxes

Label your boxes appropriately so movers will know where and how to load them onto the moving vehicle.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to pack books for moving, you should be less stressed about damaging your books during a move. However, don’t pack all your books. You want to leave a few options to read just before and after your move. Consider putting a book or two in your emergency box where you’ll have supplies such as mobile phone chargers, medication and contact information. You should also look into moving equipment such as protection for your carpeting or flooring when moving to ensure that these heavy boxes won’t damage your floors.