If your cups and mugs are prepared for packing, here is what you'll need to do to pack your mugs and get them wrapped and protected for the move:
- Cushion the box/Prepare the box - Fill the bottom of your box with crumpled packing paper, newspaper, or packing peanuts. If you are using a cell box, place a ball of paper at the bottom of each individual cell.
- Tape the box properly - Reinforce the bottom seal of your box with packing tape to make sure it's strong enough to withstand the move.
- Fortify the cups and mugs with some bubble wrap or packing paper - Ball up some bubble wrap (or packing paper if you choose) and place it inside the coffee mug or a tea cup. This will support the negative space in the cup and protect it from shattering with the slightest impact. You should also stuff some bubble wrap or packing paper between the cup and the handle as well to prevent the handle from cracking off of the cup.
- Packing mugs and cups - Once you've fortified the mugs and cups with packing paper, you need to wrap the entire mug in a few layers of bubble wrap. Usually, two to three layers is recommended. Wrap the entire mug with several layers for added protection and then use packing tape to secure the wrap and keep it from coming unraveled during the move.
- Place the mugs or cups into the box - You'll be placing your mugs or cups down on the bed of packing peanuts or packing paper that you've laid at the bottom of the box. To ensure that the contents at the bottom don't shift during the move (which will allow your mug to come in contact with the bottom of the box), place a layer of bubble wrap on top of the packing peanuts or packing paper to keep it in place and protect the mug. The bubble wrap that you placed around the mug will also help to cushion each mug from the others in the box when you put them in side-by-side.
- Tape and label your box - Once your mugs and cups are packed, seal the box securely with packing tape and label the box with its contents and destination, and be sure to mark it "Fragile" and "This Side Up" with an arrow indicating the direction you wish the box to be carried and set down.