Are you moving and need to pack your photos? Whether you have a few cherished snapshots, an entire photo album, or many picture frames, it’s important to pack them correctly so they don’t get damaged in transit. Here are some tips for packing your photos safely.
Wrapping photos for moving
If you’re moving house, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to wrap up some of your belongings – including any framed photos or paintings. Here are some tips on how to do it:
- Start by removing the glass from the frame. This will make it much easier (and safer) to wrap and transport. If the glass is particularly delicate, consider wrapping it separately from the frame itself.
- Place a layer of bubble wrap over the face of the photo/painting, then use tape to secure it in place. Make sure that all sides are well covered so that there’s no risk of damage during transit.
- Lay out a piece of packing paper on a flat surface, then place your wrapped item in the middle. Fold up each side so that they meet in the middle, then use tape to seal everything together securely
Placing photos in boxes for moving and storage
When you are moving or storing your belongings, it is important to properly pack them so that they do not get damaged. This includes packing your photos in boxes designed for pictures. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- Use a box that is slightly larger than the frame of the photo. This will give you room to add padding around the photo if necessary.
- Wrap each photo in acid-free tissue paper before placing it in the box. This will help protect it from scratches and other damage.
- If you have multiple frames of different sizes, put bubble wrap between them so they don’t rub against each other and become scratched up.
- Fill any empty space in the box with crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap so that the photos don’t move around too much and become damaged
Where to place boxes of photos in a moving truck?
When you’re packing up your home to move, it’s important to take extra care with your most fragile and sentimental items – like photo albums and picture frames. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and protect your photos during a move:
- Start by gathering all of the loose photographs from around your house.
- Place all of the pictures facedown in boxes or albums. If the photos are in frames, make sure that each individual photo is wrapped securely so it doesn’t get damaged during transport.
- If you have any large framed pictures, take them off the wall and wrap them individually in bubble wrap before placing them upright in a larger box filled with soft materials like towels or blankets. Tape the box shut so it doesn’t open during transit.
- Label each box containing photos clearly as “Fragile” so movers will know to handle it with extra care.
How many photos to put in one box?
There’s no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on the size of your photos. However, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend using no more than 10-15 photos per box.
What to do if your photos is broken during the move?
If your photos are broken during the move, there are a few things you can do to try and salvage them. First, if the photo is in a frame, remove it from the frame and check for any damage to the photo itself. If there is minor damage, such as cracks or scratches, you may be able to repair it with some clear tape or glue. If the damage is more severe, you may need to take the photo to a professional for repairs.
If the photo is not in a frame, inspect it for any damage. Again, if there is only minor damage you may be able to repair it yourself with tape or glue.
In any case, it may be a good idea to make copies of your photos before moving so that you have backups in case of damage.
How long can you store photos?
The answer to this question depends on the type of photo and the storage conditions. For example, Polaroid instant pictures will start to fade within a year if they are not kept in an airtight container. On the other hand, black-and-white prints made with silver halide technology can last for centuries if stored properly. Here is a breakdown of different types of photos and how long you can expect them to last:
- Polaroid Instant Pictures: 1 year
- Black and White Prints (Silver Halide): 100+ years
- Color Prints (Chromogenic): 30+ years
- Digital Images: 10+ years if files don’t get corrupted (make backups)