Pack With Principle
Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until last the things you’ll need until moving day. Empty drawers of breakables, spoilables, items not recommended for inclusion in your shipment and anything that would puncture or damage other items. However, blankets, sweaters, lingerie, bath towels and similar soft, lightweight goods may be left in drawers.
Pack Similar Items Together
For example, do not pack a delicate china figurine in the same carton with cast-iron frying pans. Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic or cloth bags (which can be purchased from your United agent) and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong. Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle. Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. Use a double layer of newspaper for a good outer wrapping.