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How to Pack Your Books, DVDs, CDs, Software Discs, Records, Audio Cassette Tapes and VHS Tapes

The guidelines for packing books as well as DVDs, VHS tapes, records, audio cassettes, CDs and software discs are similar. Start by layering the bottom of a book box (no bigger than 1.5 cubit feet or 18” x 18” x 18”) with crumpled packing paper.

Packing Your Books

  • To pack your books, particularly hardcover editions, place them in the box in an upright position with the spines against the side of the box -- like they are placed on your book shelves. This will help to protect them from damage during the unpacking process. You can also pack them with the spine side down and the paper side up. Do not pack your books with the paper edges down and the spines facing up as this could cause them to warp and bend.
  • Alternate the bindings and avoid overloading the boxes. Keep the weight under 50 pounds.
  • Fill in any gaps with crumpled packing paper or peanuts.
  • Securely tape the boxes close and label them "Books".

Packing Your DVDs

  • Pack your DVDs, VHS tapes, software discs, CDs and records in their protective cases. If the cases are missing, carefully wrap each in a plastic wrap to protect them from being scratched.
  • Stand all the software discs, CDs, DVDs and records on their edges in the box. Never lay them flat.
  • Support each end by using a hardcover book or cardboard for a snug fit.
  • VHS tapes and audio cassettes can be packed horizontally or vertically with layers of crumpled packing paper or packing peanuts between them. You'll also want to fill in gaps with packing paper or packing peanuts.
  • Tape the boxes close and label them "Fragile".

Please do not hesitate to contact our moving specialist at Ellis Movers should you have any further questions about how to pack DVDs, books. You may find it useful to visit the Ellis Movers’ packing supply page to learn about professional packing materials we carry.

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