Mastering the Art of Book Packing: A Guide by American Way Van and Storage


Moving can be an overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to packing up your beloved book collection. Whether you’re an avid reader, a collector of epic books, or just someone with a few favorites, ensuring they arrive at your new destination safely is paramount. At American Moving and Storage, we understand the importance of proper packing techniques to safeguard your literary treasures. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to pack your books efficiently and securely. Contact American Moving and Storage for a FREE QUOTE.

Supply List:

Before you begin packing, it’s essential to gather all the necessary supplies. Here’s a handy supply list to ensure you’re well-prepared:

  1. Sturdy cardboard boxes or plastic bins
  2. Packing paper or bubble wrap
  3. Packing tape
  4. Marker for labeling
  5. Packing peanuts or foam sheets (optional for additional protection)
  6. Small boxes for heavier books and larger boxes for lighter ones

Process: How to Properly Pack Books:

  1. Sort and Declutter: Start by going through your book collection and deciding which ones you want to keep, donate, or sell. Consider donating to organizations like Local Libraries, like Live Oaks Library or selling to locally owned businesses’, like the Book Lady Book Store if you have books you no longer need.
  2. Choose the Right Boxes: Select sturdy cardboard boxes or plastic bins that can withstand the weight of your books. Ensure they are clean and free from any damage.
  3. Wrap Fragile Books: For delicate or valuable books, wrap them individually in packing paper or bubble wrap to provide extra protection against damage during transit.
  4. Pack Books Vertically: Place books upright in the box to prevent them from bending or warping. Fill any empty spaces with packing paper, foam sheets, or packing peanuts to keep them snug and secure.
  5. Distribute Weight Evenly: Distribute heavier books evenly across the box to avoid placing too much weight on one side. Alternate between stacking hardcover and paperback books to balance the load.
  6. Label Boxes: Clearly label each box with its contents and destination room using a marker. This will make unpacking much easier and help movers know how to handle each box appropriately.
  7. Consider Box Weight: Be mindful of the weight of each box, especially if you’re planning to move them yourself or if you’re hiring movers. Try to keep each box manageable to prevent strain or injury.

Why Hire Professionals 

Hiring professional movers like American Moving and Storage can be likened to consulting experts in a specialized field. Just as one would turn to a seasoned bibliophile for guidance in navigating the vast world of literature, professional movers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table when it comes to relocating your cherished book collection. Their expertise ensures that each volume, whether it’s a rare first edition or a well-loved paperback, is handled with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Much like a meticulous librarian organizes and categorizes books for easy access, professional movers meticulously pack and label each box, ensuring that your books arrive at your new home organized and intact. With their proficiency in maneuvering through the intricacies of the moving process, they can adeptly navigate any logistical challenges that may arise, just as an adept reader navigates the twists and turns of a complex plot. Entrusting your book collection to professionals like American Moving and Storage allows you to embark on your moving journey with the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing your literary treasures are in capable hands. Get a Free Quote today.


Packing your books properly is essential to ensure they arrive at your new home safe and sound. By following these steps and utilizing the right supplies, you can protect your literary treasures during the moving process. At American Way Van and Storage, we’re committed to providing you with expert moving services tailored to your needs. Whether you’re relocating across town or across the country, you can trust us to handle your belongings with care. Contact us today to book your move and experience the American Way difference!

Contact Us

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Weekends: By Appointment Only
Moving Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Other Hours: Available By Appointment Only

Phone: 912-401-0362

101 Kahn Industrial Ct.
Savannah, GA 31405

Feel free to reach out to us during our operating hours for all your moving and storage needs. If you require assistance outside of our regular hours, please schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll be happy to accommodate your request.

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