Protecting your valuables during a move is a fine art. It takes foresight and a bit of planning but is definitely worth everything arriving safely to your new home. Here are some expert packing tips to ensure that your relocation is a successful one.

Wrapping your valuables is your best friend. This one is so obvious that it might not need to be on this list. You should wrap your valuables in bubble wrap or protective plastic to save them from being chipped or dented. If you don’t want to pay for the materials then use old newspapers or even towels.

Stuff hollow items with paper. Use brown paper, magazines or newspapers to fill in the spaces of valuable vases, cups or ornaments before wrapping them in a protective layer. This should help resist breaking under accidental pressure.

Put fragile items at the top of the box. Anything that you think might break should be put at the top of the box with softer materials like sheets, bedding or clothes underneath. Also make sure to label boxes clearly with “this side up” to guarantee that they won’t be accidentally flipped over in the move.

Use specialty boxes for your electronics. Using the original boxes that your computer or television came in usually works best. However if you threw them away to save some space you can buy specialty boxes designed to keep your electronics safe in transit.

Use luggage to pack clothes. While most clothing can be left in drawers for the move, use your luggage to pack anything that might be a little more fragile, after all your suitcases were designed to store clothes.

Use strong boxes for heavy items. For heavier items like artwork, dishes or books make sure that you use the most durable boxes you can find and use duct tape to secure them closed.

Labelling your goods will minimise how often things are moved around. Moving things around too much is the easiest way for things to get damaged in a relocation. By labelling everything clearly with whether they are fragile, what is inside and where it should go will minimise the amount of handling the goods undergo and means that everything needs to be picked up and put down only once.

Make sure that everyone pitches in. While this might not be as obvious as the other items on this list, one person doing everything by themselves means that they tire easier and might begin to miss things. Making sure that it’s all hands on deck means that all work is shared and no one gets tired enough to start dropping valuables.

Create a list. While it won’t necessarily protect your goods from being damaged it will make it easier to ensure that nothing is lost or forgotten in the move. Having a list and ticking off everything important that is successfully relocated will give you peace of mind that you have everything you need in your new home.