How to be a student packing pro

Exams are over, and you’re now free from university or college for the entire summer. If you’re moving home, moving away, or going travelling for the summer months, then you may have to find a new home for the things you’ve accumulated over the past year – from textbooks and sports equipment, to furniture and kitchen utensils!

Whether you’re using self-storage, opting to dump your stuff at a parent’s house, or relocating your belongings to your new home, packing like a pro is essential to avoid damage, chaos and disappointment.

As we are storage experts, we have pulled together 8 top tips for packing your boxes:

  1. Be prepared and ensure you have all the packing equipment you require. You’ll likely need boxes, scissors, a pen, tape, and bubble wrap or paper. We actually provide students with free boxes, tape and a pen to make the process as easy as possible!
  1. Line your boxes with bubble wrap or paper, and securely wrap fragile items in bubble wrap too for added protection.
  1. If you have lots of textbooks, make sure to pack them flat to avoid damaging their spines. Also avoid filling entire boxes with books, as they could become too heavy – spread books across multiple boxes if possible.
  1. If you’re packing kitchenware, make sure everything is clean before putting them in your boxes. You don’t want to come back to m0uld growing on your plates, cutlery or utensils!
  1. When filling your boxes, place the delicate items in the middle, and the softest or sturdiest items around the edges – this will give your items even more protection.
  1. Don’t leave empty spaces in your boxes either – this could potentially result in the box being squashed. If you do have some extra space, pad this out with bubble wrap or paper.
  1. On the other hand, you don’t want to over-fill your boxes! A good tip is to ensure you can lift it – if you can’t, then the likelihood is we can’t either and you should ask for another box to spread your contents.
  1. If you have multiple boxes, we recommend keeping a note of what items are in which boxes. Either write this on the boxes themselves, or keep a list. This will help if you need to get something out of storage, and save you sifting through your boxes.

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