How to pack kids’ toys when moving

Moving is a stressful process, and moving with children – even more so. However, you shouldn’t worry, as everything eventually comes to an end. Soon, you’ll be in your new home, ready to start unpacking! Unfortunately, when the unpacking process starts, some parents may find that some (or all) of their children’s toys were damaged or broken during the move. Luckily, there are ways to properly pack kids’ toys in order to avoid that happening. If you’re wondering how to do that, keep reading, as that’s exactly what we’ll explain in this post.

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Choose which toys to pack

The first thing to do is to choose which toys you will pack. Depending on your child’s age, he or she has probably accumulated a whole lot of toys. Some of them are probably lying around your soon-to-be old home, forgotten by both you and your kids. As children grow older, some toys they used to like no longer pique their interest.  Unless they have a sentimental value for you, or you want to keep them for your children’s children to play with, it’s a good idea to donate or otherwise get rid of these toys. So, before you pack kids’ toys, you should first sort all of them and decide which ones you no longer need.

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Keeping some toys out of the moving boxes will certainly make your child happier! 

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While you’re doing that, you can also ask your kids which toys they want to keep out of the moving boxes. Moving can have a negative effect on your child’s current mental health. Keeping some toys out of the moving boxes can help your kids once the actual move commences. Not only that, but it will give them a feeling of having some control over the moving process. And that helps a lot to alleviate some of the stress that they could be feeling.

Label the boxes

In order to ease the process of unpacking, you should label all the boxes accordingly. If you have more than one child, mark the boxes with the names of the children to whom the toys belong to. Doing that will provide you with another opportunity to include your kids in the moving preparations. Namely, they can use their favorite colors to write their names on the boxes, or to decorate them how they see fit. That way, not only will you be able to unpack much more easily, but the kids will handle the move more easily as well.

Pack kids’ toys tightly

It is very important to pack kids’ toys tightly together. That’s why it’s a good idea to use small or medium-sized moving boxes. You don’t want your kids’ toys to move around too much while they’re stashed in the movers’ van. Sometimes, toys have moving parts, and they’re often fragile. While it is easier to place them all in one large box, that would probably leave them with too much “breathing room”, and the chances of them being damaged will significantly increase. 

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Choose the correct box size in order to pack kids’ toys better.

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Not only should you pack the toys tightly together, but you should also place the more sturdy and heavy ones at the bottom of the moving box. Physics teaches us that doing so will make the boxes easier to carry. What’s more, you’ll better secure the more fragile toys that way. 

Line the moving boxes

Make sure to use materials such as newspapers, towels and crushed packing paper in order to line the moving boxes. Even if you did listen to our advice and you packed your kids’ toys tightly, you should still look for any empty spaces between different toys where you could apply such materials. 

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Cushion the toys with towels for extra safety. 

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That way, you’ll be certain that the toys won’t shift during the move. Additionally, your toys will be adequately cushioned in case the moving van hits a bump in the road, or if something similar happens during the transportation process. 

Some more useful tips

• Clean the toys before packing them. If you don’t, the dust that was gathered on the toys will spread all over the floor as soon as you unpack them. 
• If your kids have any toys that use water, remember to remove the water from them before packing. Otherwise, the water might spill during the transport and potentially cause damage to other items.
• If you’ll be transporting toys that are stored in their own boxes (puzzles, for example), it is important to tape them down with masking tape so that they don’t fall out. You shouldn’t use packing tape, as removing it might damage the toys.
• It might be easier for you to store soft toys in a tote or garbage bag. If you’ll be keeping these toys in storage, use an airtight tote bag or a similar container. They will protect your kids’ soft toys from damage caused by mold or mildew.

Leaving packing to the professionals has its advantages

Finally, it’s worth noting that you don’t have to do all of this on your own. If you’re so inclined, you can hire the professionals who can prepare your belongings for moving. Of course, you can do everything by yourself if you want to. However, hiring the professionals will save you a lot of time. What’s more, they already know everything that we’ve explained in this post. Years of experience have brought a certain routine to their work, so the chances of them making mistakes while packing are minimal.

On the other hand, you can approach the packing procedure as an adventure, an opportunity to try something new. That way, you’ll also save some money. Of course, the decision whether doing so is worth your time and effort is entirely up to you. If you decide to do everything on your own, and you follow the guidelines that we’ve listed in this post, we’re sure that you’ll manage to pack your kids’ toys adequately. Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck and a stress-free move!