There are numerous types of moving supplies used to protect and organize a mover’s belongings. Delicate items such as dishes and glasses require extra care to ensure that they will make the move safely. Packing paper is one of the supplies that is best suited to protecting fragile possessions. It has essentially the same thickness and texture as newsprint, but without any ink.
Most items that will be wrapped in packing paper need surface protection, insulation from vibration and shock, as well as needing to be kept still as much as possible. Packing paper meets all three of these needs exceptionally well. It usually comes in sheets of 18 by 36 inches (45 by 91 cm) and is packed by weight, since the average mover will use a large amount of it for one move. It is a highly economical way to protect breakables, and therefore is used almost universally.
Packing paper is most commonly used to protect plates and other dishware. Most experts recommend wrapping three plates at a time. This is done by first centering one plate on a stack of packing paper on a table. Several sheets of paper should then be grasped by the corner and pulled over the plate until it is covered. After this, a second plate can be stacked and a second corner pulled over the plate to cover it.
Next, a third plate is added, and the two remaining corners of packing paper are folded over the plate. Some prefer at this point to then re-wrap the bundle of plates as one, and then seal it using packing tape. Bubble wrap can also be placed around the bundle for extra protection. For breakable cups, the best method is to wrap each one individually and then stack them in the container they will be transported in. The mover may wish to place crumpled paper inside the cups as well, if they are especially delicate.
Stemware and other glasses should usually be stuffed with paper and rolled in two or three sheets for optimum protection. If there is not a specialized carton for transporting these items, the paper can be used to fill the empty space around them to keep them from moving or shifting suddenly. Rather than purchasing packing paper, many people use newspaper as a substitute. Newspaper is not recommended, though, because the ink can easily transfer onto hard surfaces. Whether the item is for decoration or culinary use, packing paper is generally the better option.