How to Pack Jackets for Moving: Keep Your Outerwear Safe and Sound

We all know that moving can be a stressful experience. There’s so much to do, from organizing and packing all your belongings to ensuring that everything arrives safely at its destination. One item that often causes concern during a move is jackets – after all, they’re essential for keeping us warm and dry in various weather conditions. As such, it’s crucial to pack them properly to ensure they remain in good condition throughout the move. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to pack jackets efficiently and effectively when moving house or relocating your wardrobe. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea), sit back, and let’s dive into the world of packing jackets!

1. Sort Through Your Jackets Before Packing

Before you begin the actual packing process, it’s essential first to sort through your collection of jackets and decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you can part with. Go through each jacket individually and consider:

  • Is it still in good condition?
  • Does it fit well?
  • Do I wear it frequently enough?
  • Does it suit my current lifestyle?

If a jacket ticks all these boxes, then keep it! If not, consider donating or selling any unwanted items before moving.

2. Gather Necessary Supplies

Once you have decided which jackets will make the journey with you, gather the necessary supplies for packing them up securely:

  • Sturdy boxes or plastic bins
  • Garment bags (optional)
  • Tissue paper or newsprint
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors

    Having these materials at hand will make the process more efficient when packing your jackets.

3. Clean Your Jackets

Before packing away your outerwear, make sure each piece is clean and dry – this prevents dirt, stains or odors from transferring onto other clothing items during transit.

For washable jackets, launder them according to the care label instructions. For items that require dry cleaning, take them to a professional cleaner before packing.

4. Choose the Right Packing Method

There are several methods for packing jackets, depending on their type and material. Let’s look at some common techniques:

A. Folding

Folding is suitable for casual jackets made from more durable materials like denim or leather.

  1. Fasten any buttons or zippers on the jacket.
  2. Lay it flat on a clean surface with the front side facing up.
  3. Fold in each arm horizontally, so they cross over each other.
  4. Fold the bottom half of the jacket up towards the collar.
  5. Place tissue paper or newsprint between folds to prevent creasing.

B. Rolling

Rolling is an excellent space-saving method for lightweight and less structured jackets like windbreakers, raincoats, and fleece.

  1. Fasten any buttons or zippers on the jacket.
  2. Lay it flat on a clean surface with the front side facing up.
  3. Fold in each arm horizontally, so they cross over each other (similar to folding).
  4. Starting at one end (bottom or collar), roll the jacket tightly towards the opposite end – like rolling a sleeping bag.

C. Hanging

Hanging is ideal for more delicate or structured jackets like suit blazers and dressy coats that can easily become misshapen when folded or rolled.

1 .Invest in high-quality garment bags that will keep your hanging jackets protected from dust and damage during transit – opt for breathable fabric ones rather than plastic bags which can trap moisture inside.
2 .Insert your hanging jackets into garment bags – make sure not to overcrowd them as this may cause unnecessary wrinkles.
3 .Transport your hanging garments using a wardrobe box (a tall cardboard box designed specifically for transporting clothing) – these can be purchased from most moving supply stores.

5. Pack Jackets into Boxes or Bins

Once you have prepared your jackets using the appropriate packing method, it’s time to place them in boxes or bins. Here are some tips for doing this efficiently:

  • Choose a sturdy box or plastic bin large enough to accommodate your folded or rolled jackets without squishing them.
  • Line the bottom of the box with crumpled tissue paper or newsprint for added cushioning and protection.
  • Place heavier jackets at the bottom of the box, followed by lighter ones on top.
  • Fill any empty spaces with crumpled tissue paper, newsprint, or even small clothing items like socks – this helps keep everything stable during transit.

    Finally, seal each box using packing tape and label it clearly with its contents (e.g., “Jackets”) so that you can easily locate them when unpacking.

6. Load Your Jacket Boxes onto the Moving Truck

When loading your jacket boxes onto the moving truck, place them on top of heavier items like furniture – this prevents delicate jackets from being crushed under their weight. Keep hanging garments in wardrobe boxes separate from other items to avoid damage.

And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you can rest assured knowing that your beloved jackets will remain safe and sound during your move. Once you’re settled into your new home, all that’s left is to unpack and enjoy your well-cared-for outerwear collection!