Moving: How to wrap and pack books properly

Books are usually found in offices, but also in some homes, especially for those who have a profession that requires a lot of reading. However, the important thing, in this case, is to know what to do when moving to a new place, since books are just as important as any other household goods.

Packing objects requires technique, good materials, and knowledge. A large part of the move will depend on this, because if it is not done properly, the objects may suffer damage during and after the moving process. Books are no exception.

Why should books be carefully packed during a move?

It is important to pack every item, even more so when it is made of delicate material, such as books. Although they have a cover, spine, flap, and back cover, their pages make them a weak object when moving, considering that they can easily bend, as can any part of the book. And that’s the last thing you want. So, when moving, you need to know which methods and tools to use in order to protect your books properly.

Sorting the books

You won’t be able to take all the books with you to the new destination for many reasons. First of all, when you start to organize the books, you should sort out which ones will continue to be used, and the remaining books can be donated or sold. In this way, you can give priority to those that will really be useful in the future. We recommend organizing them by category, which is a good way to implement proper order.

Finding the right boxes

organizing is always key, because it will allow you to determine exact quantities. Once you have that, you can look for boxes of the proper sizes and materials. Remember that books can be quite heavy, therefore it is recommended to get boxes the size of the books made of resistant materials, the point is for the books to fit perfectly tight inside the box without leaving any loose space.


Use bubble wrap, newspaper sheets, or anything else that can provide the protection needed. This additional protection will prevent damage to the flaps, and spine, among others. This is a very simple method, just wrap the book carefully and reinforce the flap, which is the most exposed part of it.

Separate valuable books

This is to provide double protection to your most valuable books. Consider that they may need more support and you can label them as “delicate items” in order to prioritize their care during transportation.

Label each box

For greater organization and ease when packing and unpacking the move, it is useful to label each box, in order to know and identify what is inside each one. For example, write: “natural science books”, “medical books” and so on.