Packing Tips

Specific Moving Tips from Experienced Movers

Proper packing is essential for a successful move. That’s why many families entrust the packing of their valuable possessions to the professionals at Airdrie Moving.

We offers years of experience in packing personal possessions for generations of families using the latest materials and techniques to meet every packing requirement.

Your Airdrie Moving consultant will gladly provide you with an estimate for this important service. If you have the time, however, and have decided to do your own packing, this guide shares some of the techniques and helpful suggestions to protect your items during your move.



Airdrie Moving has a complete range of cartons and material specially designed to provide specific items with maximum protection:

China/Dish Pack: china, glass, lamps, small pictures, silverware, bric-a-brac.

Small Carton: books, canned and dry goods, shoes, records, tools.

Medium Carton: lampshades, kitchenware, small appliances, hats.

Large Carton: linens, blankets, pillows, cushions, lamps, toys.

Mirror Pack: Picture frame, mirrors, pictures, glass.

Wardrobe: clothes, drapes.

Packing Material: Airdrie Moving uses unprinted newsprint as a good all-purpose wrapping and cushioning material. Printed newspaper, although plentiful, should be used only as an outer wrapping as the ink will rub off and can become embedded in fine china. White unprinted newsprint is sold by the pound and is available from Airdrie Moving.

Black Felt Marker: This is used for marking your packed cartons. In the case of a local or provincial move where the boxes will be returned to Airdrie Moving for refund, it is important that you only write on the tape which you have used to seal the box, as marked boxes are non-refundable. Be sure to put the letters “P.B.O.” (packed by owner) on the tape of your packed cartons so when the van operator takes an inventory of your goods, there won’t be any question as to what you packed and what Airdrie Moving packed. On each carton, write your name, contents, and indicate to which room it should be delivered at destination. Mark “Fragile” and “This Side Up” on delicate items.

Sealing Tape: Obtain proper tape from Airdrie Moving or go to your local hardware/department store and purchase carton sealing tape at least 1-1/2 or 2 inches wide to properly seal the top and bottom of cartons.

Packing Cartons: Based on experience, the following chart indicates the quantity of cartons recommended for packing an average household:

Box Description Number of Bedrooms
2 3 4 5
China Pack 2 – 3 2 – 4 3 – 5 3 – 5
2 cubic foot 5 – 10 7 – 12 10 – 15 12 – 17
4 cubic foot 5 – 7 5 – 8 7 – 10 8 – 12
6 cubic foot 4 – 6 5 – 7 6 – 8 7 – 9
Mirror/Picture 2 – 3 3 – 4 4 – 5 4 – 6
Wardrobe 1 – 3 2 – 4 4 – 5 5 – 7
Mattress 2 – 4 3 – 6 4 – 8 5 – 9

Although these may be used as a general guideline, adjustments should be made based on the items to be packed.

Prohibited Items
Do not pack dangerous or flammable items such as propane tanks, lighter fluid, paint, oily rags, ammunition, matches, charcoal, pool chemicals, bleach, fertilizers, chemistry sets and acid batteries. All aerosol cans containing such things as spray paint, oven cleaner, butane lighter fuel, antiperspirant, hair spray etc. will not be accepted for shipping. These could explode and cause severe damage to your possessions, as well as possibly rendering your Transit or Storage Protection invalid. If you have any doubt about what may be a potentially dangerous item, ask your Airdrie Moving consultant before you pack.

Exceptional Value Items
Do not pack in your cartons items of exceptional value such as jewelry, precious stones, coin collections, currency, deeds, notes, securities, stocks, bonds, stamp collections, etc. or any articles of intrinsic value. You should take these valuables with you, or make other arrangements for their transfer. Be sure to check with your homeowners insurance agent for coverage.

Perishable Items
Check with Airdrie Moving for specific information on moving all types of plants, preserves, canned goods, frozen goods and foodstuff (potatoes, vegetables etc.)

Airdrie Moving does not assume liability for damage to owner-packed items unless there is visible external damage to the carton that might possibly indicate mishandling. If mishandling has occurred, liability will only cover up to the declared value on the carton.