How to Safely Pack a Glass Bowl While Moving

When moving, you should plan ahead and have a good packing strategy. These tips will help you pack dishes, glassware, and other fragile items.

Last Updated on June 30, 2022 by Jude Robert Caratao

The most hectic part about relocating is how to pack your stuff. If you have fragile dishes and bowls, this can even be more stressful.  After all, you would not want to arrive at your new apartment only to find that some of your bowls have broken.

Proper packing starts with wrapping your bowls properly and placing them in the right boxes. There are many other packing supplies that will help protect your delicate bowls from breaking. The right packing techniques will make your work easier and protect your valuable bowls.

So, when you’re ready to move, here are some of the steps you need to follow to pack properly. Read on!

1. Get Packing Supplies

There are many different packing supplies that will work for your bowls. Just make sure you get the right ones. Below are some popular options: 


You can find plenty of used boxes for packing at very affordable costs. Depending on the number of bowls you wish to pack, you need to get medium-sized boxes for the job. Make sure the boxes are good sizes so your bowls can fit perfectly, so you don’t have to force them. You should also ensure they’re not too big, so you minimize the empty spaces after packing.

Bubble Wrap

This is a great option for packing fragile items. It will protect your bowls from any bumps or falls that may occur during the move. Wrap each bowl individually in bubble wrap and place them in the box.

A plate being wrap in a bubble wrap.
It will protect your bowls from any bumps or falls that may occur during the move.

Newspaper/Packing Paper

Another popular option for packing is newspaper or packing paper. The best thing about newspapers is that you can find used ones free of charge. If you can’t find any, packing papers are also available and are not so expensive. 

Dishes wrap in a raping paper.
Packing papers are also available and are not so expensive. 


If you have any extra pillows, these can be used to cushion your bowls. Place the bowl in the middle of the pillow and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. This will help to protect it from scratches or other damage.

Plastic Wrap

Plastic wrap is a great way to keep your bowls from getting scratched or damaged. It also helps to keep them from getting dirty. Wrap each bowl tightly in plastic wrap before placing it in the box.

Labeling Materials

It is always a good idea to label your boxes with what is inside. This will help make things easier when you are ready to unpack. You can use a permanent marker or masking tape to label the box.

Dish Towels or Wash Cloths

If you have a large number of bowls that need to be packed, you can also use dish towels or washcloths to protect them from getting chipped or broken during transit. Place one towel inside each bowl and then stack another on top of the first one. If possible, secure the stack with a rubber band.

2. Take Inventory of Your Bowls

Once you prepare the packing supplies, you need to the kind of bowls you have so you know how well to pack them. Sort out your bowls according to material, size,  and value.

Start by sorting out the bowls made of fine china or glass since they are most vulnerable to breakage. Then, you can sort out ceramic and plastic ones. Pack them as separate sets so that it will be easier for you to identify which ones need extra protection when moving or unpacking.

A couple packing their dishes,
Make sure that the small ones are together and the big ones are together.

Sort your bowls according to size; make sure that the small ones are together and the big ones are together. This way, you can pack them easily into a single box without wasting too much space.

Finally, if you have any valuable bowls that you don’t want to risk breaking, try to secure them with a rubber band or tape before putting them in the packing box. That will help you avoid losing them or breaking them while moving.

3. Wrap Your Bowls

Once you have your packing supplies ready and you’ve taken inventory of your bowls, it’s time to start wrapping them. Wrap each bowl in bubble wrap, then place them in a box. If you do not have enough bubble wrap, use newspapers instead as they offer a considerable amount of protection against scratches and cracks.

When packing bowls, keep the larger ones on the bottom of the box while keeping small or fragile bowls on top. This will help prevent them from breaking by accident if they get dropped, even if it is just a few inches off the ground.

If you have a lot of delicate dishwares that need to be transported, using the right packing supplies is essential for keeping them safe. One option is to use small bowl inserts. These fit inside larger bowls and can be transported without fear of breaking. They also come with a built-in divider so that you can pack your bowls in separate compartments and avoid them from crashing into each other.

4. Use Dish Barrels

If you have a lot of bowls to pack or if you are worried about them breaking, consider using dish barrels. These are heavy-duty boxes that can hold plenty of weight without fear of them breaking. They also come with a built-in divider so that you can pack your bowls in separate compartments and protect them from crashing into each other.

A woman packing her dishes in a box.
These are heavy-duty boxes that can hold plenty of weight without fear of them breaking.

You can also cushion the bottom of the dish barrels using a soft bed of paper or packing peanuts. This will help to further protect your bowls if they are dropped or mishandled in any way during transit.

5. Fill the Boxes to the Top

You need to ensure your boxes are fully packed before you start moving them. If you wrapped some glasses, you can add them to the top then fill the remaining spaces with lots of paper. Doing this will help to prevent the glasses from breaking as your boxes are moved around.

Make sure you also fill any extra spaces in the box that you can’t pack with packing paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap. This will reduce the rattling and shaking of your dishes when moving them in transit.

6. Avoid Removing Anything

Once your box is fully packed, it’s important not to remove anything from it. Before you even start packing, you must ensure you set aside some bowls you may want to use in the days leading up to your move. You can also use these bowls for packing smaller items that you don’t want rattling around in your boxes.

If you don’t want to leave anything outside, you can buy paper plates to use instead. Or better yet, leave out less fragile ones such as plastic so you can pack them later. Have a few extra supplies that you’ll use to pack the ones you leave outside.

7. Close Your Boxes Properly 

Once your boxes are packed, make sure you close them properly. This will ensure that they don’t open up while in transit and will also keep the dishes inside from breaking. Use packing tape to seal the boxes shut and ensure that all of the flaps are closed securely.

8. Label Your Boxes 

It is also good to label your boxes with what is inside them. This will help you when it comes time to unpack everything and will also let the movers know which boxes need to be handled with care.

A woman labeling the boxxes.
This will help you when it comes time to unpack everything.

You should also indicate the bottom and the top part of the boxes so that the movers know which way is up when they are carrying them.

Do I need professional packing to help with my bowls?

If you can afford it, then yes. Professional packers know how to pack fragile items so that they are less likely to break in transit. If you don’t have the money for professional packing, try to get friends and family to help you out.

Do movers offer insurance options for delicate items? 

Yes, movers do offer insurance options for delicate items. But before you sign up, make sure that the company is reputable and has a good track record of dealing with claims from customers.

What size box is best for packing?  

It depends upon what you are moving to. For example, if your bowls are quite large then it would make sense to use a big box whereas smaller items can be packed in smaller boxes. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and each item will require its own unique approach on how best to pack it up so that nothing gets broken in the process.

Bottom Line

When it comes to packing for a move, always remember that safety should be your top priority. Take the time to pack each item properly and use appropriate-sized boxes so that everything arrives in one piece at your new destination. And if you’re not sure how to pack something, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend or a family member.

Movers can also offer packing services in their package which you can take advantage of at an extra fee. The best thing about hiring professional movers to pack your bowls, plates, and glasses is that they have been trained to handle fragile items. They know how best to pack it up so that nothing gets broken in the process.

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