While Lawton Moving and Storage offers a full service pack and carries a full line of packing materials, if you plan on doing your own packing, here are some helpful hints to insure your valuables the safest trip possible.

Start early. Packing takes time. Pack carefully. You do not want to be rushed.


  • If you are supplying your own materials, be sure to use cartons possessing at least 200 lbs of "burst strength" (this should be noted on each carton).
  • Use lots of protective wrapping materials. This is the least expensive part of the move and can save your valuables from damage.
  • Do not overload boxes — it can damage contents.
  • Close carton tops securely. Use packing tape or heavy masking tape.
  • Mark each carton clearly. Note contents and room designation.
  • CLOTHING

  • Ask for special hanging wardrobe cartons. These will save lots of ironing later. Otherwise, fold and pack clothes in boxes, cartons, chests, or dresser drawers.
  • DISHES AND GLASSWARE

  • Lawton's dish barrels are specially designed to carry your valuable china and bric-a-brac. Line bottom of barrels with paper. Place well wrapped, heavy items on the bottom.
  • Plates, platters, and bowls should be placed on their edge. Add more cushioning paper and place fragile, smaller items on the top then seal the carton.
  • Wrap glasses and stemware individually. Place them bottoms up and use plenty of protective paper to cushion their move.
  • KITCHEN ITEMS AND FOOD STUFF

  • First clean your appliances. Wrap them and put them in boxes with other utensils, pots, and pans.
  • Put canned goods in small, sturdy cartons. Tape shut all food containers (cereal, sugar, flour, etc.) and wrap them.
  • DO NOT PACK PERISHABLES, FLAMMABLES, OR AEROSOLS.
  • PAINTINGS AND MIRRORS

  • smaller ones can be crated or packed with bedding, blankets, and towels. Let Lawton Moving and Storage crate large items.
  • BOOKS AND RECORDS

  • Pack in small cartons or boxes. Limit each carton to 50 lbs.
  • SPECIAL ITEMS

  • Lamp Shades - Wrap each in clean paper (avoid newsprint which can rub off and soil). Do not stuff several into one box. Box each separately.
  • Refrigerators - Defrost and dry thoroughly. Wrap glass trays and containers like any other breakable.
  • TV and Stereos - Some require servicing by professionals.
  • Jewelry and Valuables - Do not pack them, keep them with you.
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Lawton Moving has all your packing supplies needed for your move.

Packing Supplies
Small Box (1.5 cu ft.) Please call us for our latest low prices on packing supplies.
401.861.6699
Medium Box (3.0 cu ft.)
Large Box (4.5 cu ft.)
Wardrobe Box
Mirror
Newsprint Paper
Plastic Shrink Wrap
Mattress Bags

Follow these tips for a stress-free move.
  • Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
  • Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items´ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
  • Choose a "packing room" and box up a few things each day.
  • Mark each box with its contents and destination room.
  • Put together a packing box for moving day to keep with you. Keep essentials in this box like prescriptions, toiletries and cell phone charger
  • Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods.