Do you enjoy spending your weekends making chocolate chip cookies and nice home-cooked meals? If so, you’ve probably built up quite a collection of kitchenware over the years. 

While this is convenient and makes sure you never run out of items while cooking, the big question is: how do you get those pots and pans ready for moving?

Stay tuned to find out all you need to know about how to pack pots and pans in preparation for your big move. We hope you find this information useful!

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How to pack pots and pans 

Here are the basics of how to pack pots and pans for moving:

Wash and dry your cooking ware

Even if you’re moving out fast, one thing you don’t want to skimp on is properly washing your pots and pans. Otherwise, there could be food remnants and bacteria left behind, which could lead to mold and mildew. The same thing can happen if you forget to dry your pots and pans. 

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Our suggestion? Save yourself time and stress, and just wash your cooking ware now. Otherwise, you might regret it and may ultimately end up having to purchase all-new baking dishes, casserole dishes, cookie sheets, and more (which, as you know, isn’t cheap).

Prep your moving boxes 

You can get away with packing pots and pans in a thick bag or even a pillowcase. However, packing them in a moving box is usually the way to go since it can lower the chance of damage. 

First, make sure the boxes are sturdy and high quality. Next, tape the base of the box to ensure it doesn’t open during transit, and lightly squeeze a bunch of paper to line the bottom of the inside of the box. You don’t want actual balls of paper—just crinkled enough that it gives a little extra support to the contents inside of the box.

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Your pots and pans could look like these!

Stack the pots and pans gently

This might seem self-explanatory. However, there are some rules of thumb you’ll want to follow to make sure the box is stable as you move from one location to another. First, try not to put more than three pots or pans on top of one another. 

Otherwise, your box might be too heavy and hard to lift, which can cause something to break or force you to have to repack your items before moving. When you’re packing and stacking, you’ll want to put newspaper, packing paper, or even a handy-dandy washcloth in between the cooking ware. That can help keep things from getting scratched. (Tip: Always stick the largest or heaviest items at the bottom of the box.)

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Use a different box for glass lids

Packing glass lids in the same box as their respective pots and baking dishes might be handy so that you keep everything together. However, it can be a nightmare if you’re moving far, as the pots and pans are heavy, and glass is extra fragile. 

To prevent a disaster, use packing paper or bubble wrap to pack your glass lids, and add those lids to a new box labeled as “fragile.”

Add lighter items on top of the pans and pots

When you’re moving, it’s inevitable that you’ll put more than one box on top of another. That’s because you have to make do with space—or cause yourself to have to make multiple trips to deliver the contents of a half-empty moving truck or trunk of your car (for those small moves). 

Once your pots and pans are in place in the box, cover them with more packing paper or newspaper, and feel free to add some extra things on top. Think: silverware, kitchen utensils, and other not-so-heavy things you might find in the heart of the house. 

Label Your Pots & Pans Boxes

Last but not least, don’t forget to label your boxes so that you know what’s inside. We recommend using a different-colored label for each room in the house when it comes to packing. Your kitchenware could go in boxes with a yellow label, for instance. 

Just don’t forget to write clearly on the outside of the box what pots and pans are in there, in addition to the word “fragile” if there’s any glass inside the box. That way, you don’t have to spend hours tracking down your kitchen items when you move in and are craving something homemade for dinner. 

Need help with loading and unloading?

Knowing how to pack pots and pans is half the battle. Now it’s time to situate them in your car or moving truck. If you need a hand with moving, remember that your friends at Bellhop are here for you. We offer everything from local moving and hourly labor to long-distance moving. Let us know what day you need help, and we’d love to be of service. 

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Long-distance moves are undeniably tricky. We’ve put together a few guides to help you manage some of the thornier points of a long-distance move. And of course, if you need help with your long-distance move, just give us a call. 

Nick Valentino