Packing & Crating

Keep Your Items Safe with Our Packing Services in Kelowna


Proper and complete packing is the most important part of a move. Proper and complete packing is imperative for protecting your goods and the best packed homes move at maximum efficiency and safety. 

Packing is usually done in one of three ways:

Full Service Packing

We come in and pack your entire household in usually one day. The advantage of this method is it keeps your residence functional until move day. Our packing services take the heavy work off your hands literally.

Breakable Only Packing

We come in and pack breakables such as dishes, glassware, artwork, china, ornaments, mirrors, glass tabletops, glass shelves, lamps, electronics, etc., and you pack the rest. Partial packing is great for the do-it-yourselfer who may want help with fragile items.

Do-It-Yourself Packing

This is by far the most common method and a great way to go. You save a bundle doing it yourself. Using the proper packing materials is very important to do the packing as efficiently and as safely as possible. It is important to do a correct pack job because incorrect packing is a prime cause of damage, and movers insurance will not cover items packed yourself unless there is obvious damage to the box.

For all the help you need to do a fine pack job please refer to our:

Packing Essentials and Box Sizes and Instructions 

Packing Essentials

Please refer to the prohibited items list to be certain that no Non-Allowable Items are packed.

  • Incorrect packing is a prime cause of damage. The box should weigh no more than 50 pounds, and the contents should not shift when moved. The sides shouldn’t bulge and the top should close snugly without bending or caving inward.
  • Use proper packing materials, and moving boxes, white packing paper, packing tape, and paper pads are imperative for a proper pack job. Packing materials can be purchased locally from a number of places or they can be purchased from us. Check websites and call around for the best prices.
    • **Please use white packing paper rather than brown packing paper. The white packing paper just seems to conform better for packing purposes than the brown paper
  • Start early. Packing your entire household can be quite involved so create a plan for packing your entire home, and get started on the non-essential areas of your home first.
  • Empty all furniture drawers of breakables, spillables, and all smaller, loose items. Clothing, blankets, and pillows can be left in drawers.
  • Pack similar items together and pack all parts or pairs of items together.
  • The bottom of each box needs a 2- or 3-inch layer of crumpled paper, with additional cushioning layers as you build your way to the top of the box. Wrap items individually in packing paper and nestle them in the box.
  • Use crumpled paper to fill empty spots. Towels and lightweight blankets can also be used for cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more the cushioning needed. Avoid overloading boxes but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting. The top flaps should close easily without force, but should not bend inward. Seal all boxes tightly with tape.
  • Write the room name on the top of the box. This makes for a very organized placing of the boxes in the correct rooms at destination. You can also write the contents on top of the box and write “Fragile” on the box top where appropriate. A black felt marker works best for all labelling purposes.
  • Make sure all packing is completed before the moving day.

Box Sizes and Instructions

  • 2 Cubic Box (Small) : the 2 cube box is used for heavy items such as books, albums, DVD’s, canned goods, hand tools, etc. all packed in an upright position. The 2 cube works well for drawer items.
  • 4 Cubic Box (Medium): the 4 cube box is used for pots, pans, utensils, shoes, closet items, linens, lampshades, electronics, small pictures, etc.
  • 5 Cubic Box (Large): the 5 cube box is used for larger lighter items such as bed linens, toys, lampshades, plastic storage containers, camping and sporting gear, etc.
  • 6 Cubic Box (Extra Large): the 6 cube box is only used for items which do not fit in a 5 cube box. Items such as large lampshades, large toys, and some larger electronic such as scanners simply do not fit in a 5 cubic box. The 6 cube is only used if absolutely necessary as it is a large, bulky, and not too sturdy box.

China Barrel Box or Dish Pack: the china barrel box is the most important box because all glass household items are packed in a china barrel box. It is the sturdiest box, designed to protect the items inside and to prevent other boxes and items from crushing it. Even the best constructed boxes must be packed properly so please study the following suggestions:

Kitchen China Barrel:
Amply cushion the bottom of the box with crumpled paper and for the bottom layer start heavy items such as dinner plates, platters, corning ware, & cannisters. Always pack plates, saucers, bowls, and platters on their sides or edges and NEVER lay them flat. Fill in spaces with crumpled paper to ensure a snug fit. Apply another layer of cushioning and pack medium weight items such as saucers, small plates, mugs, bowls, & small cannisters. Apply another layer of cushioning and use the top layer for light and more delicate items such as glasses and cups. Always pack these in an upright position and never lay flat. Leave enough room at the top of the box for a final layer of cushioning. Remember, if any moves or shifts when a box is moved, it is not properly packed and needs more cushioning.

Dining Room China Barrel:
The procedures for packing china and crystal are the same as the instructions for packing kitchen dishes and glassware but, these items are generally of higher monetary value so use more cushioning for the layers and around the items and follow the procedure of packing the heaviest items first and finishing with stemware and china cups as your top layer.

Living Room/Family Room China Barrel:
The items to be packed in china barrels from these rooms are the fragile items such as vases, figurines, ornaments, clocks, lamps, etc. Again follow the procedures of cushioning layers with heavier items first and finishing with lighter items. China barrels work well for lamps. Use plenty of cushioning and one lamp can be placed in each corner of the box. If there is enough room for ample cushioning, sometimes one lamp can be packed in the middle of the box between the four lamps and be certain to use plenty of cushioning between the lamps so they do not come into contact each other.

The best packing method for fragile items is to use Two 2 cubic boxes inside one china barrel box. Two 2 cubic boxes placed one on top of the other fit inside one china barrel box perfectly – you only need a small amount of cushioning on top of the second 2 cube box to bring the inside level to the top of the china barrel to snugly close the top flaps of the china barrel. Of course pack the items well into the 2 cube boxes using plenty of cushioning. This is simply the best box packing method you can give your fragile items for the ultimate level of protection.

Mirror or Picture Box:
The mirror box is used for paintings, pictures, mirrors, glass shelves, glass table tops, wall hangings, etc. Place plenty of cushioning in the bottom of the mirror box, wrap items in paper pads and stand the item on its side edge in the box. Fill in areas on both sides of the box with cushioning. Normally two items are put into each mirror box but up to four thinner items can be packed in one mirror box as long as it does not make the box too heavy.

Wardrobe Box:
This box is for hanging clothes only. Wardrobes must be packed tight enough to prevent hangers from falling from the bar but loose enough to prevent unnecessary wrinkling of clothes. You can put light loose items in the bottom of a wardrobe box such as sheets, linens, shoes, gift wrap rolls, etc. Be sure no items have any sharp edges that would snag clothing.

** There is no need to purchase wardrobe boxes as we usually bring wardrobe boxes with us on move day and you can pack & unpack wardrobe boxes on moving day.

Custom Crating

When you need to ship valuable and fragile items we design and build custom wood crates for each item for maximum protection to ensure the safe transportation of your items. The ultimate protection for these items can only be provided by crating and we design and build excellent custom crates to the exact specifications required.

We specialize in providing Custom Crate Solutions for domestic and international transportation.


  • Antiques

  • Artwork

  • Clocks

  • Electronics

  • Glass tabletops

  • Heirlooms

  • Odd-Sized items

  • Ornaments

  • Pianos

  • Sculptures

  • Statues

  • Uniquely shaped items

  • And any other such items

We provide excellent custom crates with padding, blocking, and bracing, and we build all crates here at 1st Choice Moving & Storage.

Custom crating solutions from 1st Choice Moving & Storage – The ultimate in safety and security for your valuable items.

Prohibited Items

Before your goods are packed and loaded it is important that you are aware of items which cannot be moved, shipped, or stored.

Below is a List of the most common Non-Allowable Items.

Please do not pack or otherwise have any of the following items go on a move or go into storage.

The Four Basic Categories of Prohibited Items Are:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Perishable items
  • Items of personal importance/sentimental value
  • High value or valuable items



  • BBQ starter tablettes
  • Butane lighters
  • Charcoal
  • Fuel cans
  • Gasoline
  • Household cleaning items
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp oil
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Solvents
  • Sterno fuel
  • Varnish


  • Acetylene tank
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Chemistry sets
  • Detonation devices
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Industrial explosives
  • Oxygen tank
  • Propane Tank
  • Solvents


  • Household cleaning items
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • Chlorine
  • Bleach
  • Household batteries


  • Household cleaning items
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fumigant


  • Cooking chemicals such as oil, vinegar, sugar, flour, etc.
  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen foods
  • Opened liquor
  • Open or half used food
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods

Personal Importance / Sentimental Value

  • Cellular phones
  • Computer discs, files, backups
  • External hard drives
  • Financial documents
  • Important documents
  • Keys
  • Laptop computers
  • Licenses & titles
  • Photo albums
  • Prescription medication
  • Property documents
  • Tablet computers
  • Titles
  • Valuable collections

High Value or Valuable

  • Cash
  • Coin collections
  • Furs
  • Jewelry
  • Precious metals
  • Precious stones
  • Rings
  • Stamp collections
  • Valuable collections
  • Watches

Rings, watches, jewelry, stamp or coin collections, precious stones or metals, furs, cash, and all other valuable items must not be transported on a moving van or move into storage as they are not covered under any of our insurance policies.

1st Choice Moving & Storage

1005 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1X 2W3

Phone: 250-860-7521


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Service Area

Our service area is the Okanagan Valley, including:

  • Kelowna
  • West Kelowna
  • Lake Country
  • Vernon
  • Penticton
  • Peachland
  • Summerland
  • Oyama
  • Oliver
  • Osoyoos

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