In all likelihood you consider your handbag to be your “survival kit” in everyday life – from your phone and your wallet to your lipstick and your pocket tissues, it contains everything you may need while you’re out of home. Besides, it is a fashionable accessory to your outfit and helps express your personal style and aesthetic preferences. Therefore, the chances are that you count your clutches, satchels, and purses among your most cherished possessions – and will want to keep them safe and intact for as long as possible.
When moving house, however, your handbags will be at risk – they may easily get scratched or creased when packed together with other items, the delicate leather may be torn, the fine fabric may be stained, etc. Unless you protect them well enough, you may find your bags ruined when you unpack them at your new home. To prevent such a misfortune, you need to know how to pack handbags for moving the right way.
Here are some great packing ideas that will help you ensure the safety of your clutches and purses during the arduous moving process:
To be able to pack your handbags safely and efficiently, you need to properly prepare them for the journey to your new home:
- Empty your handbags – Any items you leave inside may cause damage to the bag during transportation – hard objects may result in creases and dents, makeup may spill and stain the fabric, etc. Besides, you’ll have no access to the bags’ contents until they are unpacked;
- Clean your handbags well – You probably don’t want to relocate any dust or dirt your purses may have gathered over time to your new place. Besides, the delicate leather or fabric of a handbag may be permanently marred if it stays covered in grime for the entire period of the move (your bags may stay tightly wrapped in boxes for days, or even weeks);
- Apply a protective spray – Your purses, especially leather ones, can use the added protection – a conditioning and waterproofing spray will go a long way to preserving the excellent condition of your bags during transit;
- Stuff the bags to maintain their shape – Fill your handbags with crumpled paper or packing peanuts to make sure that they will keep their shape;
- Close all zippers, buckles, and snap fasteners to reduce the risk of damage during transportation;
- Wrap any exposed hardware in tissue paper or bubble wrap (secure the wrapping in place with packing tape if necessary).
Now, your handbags are ready to be packed for moving.
Separate equals safe
You certainly know that delicate items – glasses, plates, pieces of art, etc. – need to be wrapped individually and packed in specialized moving containers (dish boxes, picture boxes, wooden crates, etc.) for better protection. While it is true that, unlike these items, handbags are not easily breakable, they are still very delicate (not to mention quite expensive, especially designer ones) and need a similar level of protection in order to survive the move safe and sound.
So, whether you have only a couple of highly comfortable handbags or a large collection of purses in various colors and styles, you need to pack them separately from your other items (including clothes):
- Any contact between sharp objects (such as zippers, buttons, and belt buckles, for example) and the fine leather or fabric of your handbags may result in scratches or tears;
- Any pressure on your handbags may cause them to crease and lose their shapes;
- Colored items (like dyed clothes) may leave marks on the handbag surface if pressed to it for a prolonged period of time; etc.
Therefore, to prevent damage to your purses, you need to prevent contact between them and the rest of your belongings. Fortunately, this is easy enough:
1) Wrap every individual handbag in a protective layer
Your best option is to put your clutches and purses in “dust bags” – thin cloth bags with drawstrings, especially designed to provide protection against dust, dirt, and moisture. Most designer handbags come with one, so all you need to do in order to protect your quality purse is to put it in its duster. If you don’t keep the dust bags (or if your handbags didn’t come with ones in the first place), you can buy some online – they’re not expensive and are usually sold in lots of ten or five pieces which is very convenient if you have several handbags to pack for moving.
Alternatively, you can simply put your purses in pillow cases or wrap them in old sheets or other soft, clean fabric materials (preferably white) that you have at home.
It is also good idea to add some bubble wrap around the dust bags and the fabric-wrapped bags for maximum protection (do not forget to secure it with tape).
2) Place each handbag in an individual box
The best way to pack handbags is to put them in separate boxes of appropriate sizes, provide sufficient cushioning inside the boxes, and seal them well:
- Choose a sturdy cardboard box that is slightly larger than the purse, line the bottom of the box with packing paper, and place your securely wrapped handbag in it;
- Fill any empty space in the box with bubble wrap, crumpled paper, or packing peanuts;
- Place a few layers of packing paper on top and close the box;
- Seal the box tightly with packing tape;
- Put all small boxes containing your purses in a large moving box, tape it shut, and label it “HANDBAGS”.
3) Make sure the box containing your handbags is well secured in the moving truck and nothing heavy is placed on top of it.
Your handbags will arrive at your new home safe and intact. You have nothing to worry about now that you know how to pack purses for moving like a pro.