How to safely pack your van

Packing a van can be a stressful, difficult and potentially dangerous activity. You need to make sure you have the right equipment and right personnel to load your van effectively, getting all your stuff in safely so it doesn’t fall straight out, get damaged or move during the traveling. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of key things to remember when packing your van ahead of the big move.

1) Pick the right van

Depending on how much stuff you need to move, you need an appropriate size van. Whether it is a VW Crafter, Caddy Van or Jumbo Sprinter, Knights Van Hire can cater to any and all size requirements. If you know you are going to have to shift heavy, bulky boxes, then we have Luton vans with easy-access tail lifts and carry trolleys.

2) Work heavy and large to light and small

Disassemble as many pieces of furniture as possible and load them first, along with large appliances like cookers, dishwashers and refrigerators. Keep items upright and balance your van by placing heavy items on each side to stabilise your vehicle. Once you’ve got all your heavy goods and boxes in place, fill in the gaps with lighter, smaller boxes and equipment.

3) Secure fragile items safely

Whether it is your finest china set, or your treasured family photographs, you need to take extra care when packing certain items. Try and secure them in between table legs, lighter boxes, and chair legs and don’t be afraid to tie items down if you are worried, they will slip and slide about. Use extra padding like cushions or soft furnishings to encase these fragile boxes when necessary.

4) Cover where necessary

For sofas, soft furnishings, matresses or furniture, use plastic dust sheets and mattresses covers to protect them from dirt, dust and tears during travelling. Wrap chairlegs and table legs in bubble-wrap and use larger mirrors or frame pictures and buffers between mattresses or large pillows.

5) Handle with care

Remember key manual handling points when loading and unloading your boxes. Keep a wide stance, squatting at the hips and knees only. Keep your back straight and slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees. Don’t twist and keep the load close to your body, using your feet and hips to change direction when necessary. When you need to put your load down, use your hips and knees in tandem and not bending your body forwards.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to pack whatever van you choose efficiently and safely, giving you peace of mind for your move ahead. Whenever you move, let Knights Van Hire help you. Contact us today on 01628 600445 to discuss your requirements.

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