The Correct Way to Pack Wine Glasses for a Move

Prevent toasting to your home from a plastic cup by saving your delicate wine glasses with these packing techniques.

Guest post by Co-Founder NorthStar Moving Company Laura McHolm

If you are one of the lucky folks on the move this month, you are probably up to your knees in boxes and packing paper. You’re trying to figure out how to pack everything so it ends up in one piece in your new home. Well, let us help you with one of the most difficult items to pack: wine glasses. Because of their odd shape they are often packed incorrectly and their delicate glass and long stems get broken in the moving process.

We have seen too many new homeowners sipping out of plastic cups after a move. Let the plastic frat house red cups be gone! Let’s put some elegance into that new home from the start. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to properly pack wine glasses to keep them in one piece and easily accessible after move day —


  1. Select the Proper Box: One of the key factors to keeping your wine glasses from breaking or getting crushed is using the proper box. You need a box that is big enough and secure enough for your glasses. We recommend a “dishpack” box because it’s 5.2 cubic feet high and has double thick walls for extra protection.
  2. Gather the Right Materials: Once you have the proper box, gather the packing materials to wrap and protect the glasses. Here is what you will need:
    1. Packing Paper (Lot’s of it. And, get the plain recyclable packing paper, not newspaper so you don’t have to spend time washing newsprint off all your stemware.)
    2. Cardboard Inserts (If you are unable to get these inserts, we will teach you how to do without them)
  3. Wrap: Place a wine glass on packing paper horizontally. Grab a corner of the packing paper and roll the glass into the paper. Make sure to tuck the sides of the paper in, like you would do wrapping a burrito. Continue rolling the glass on the paper until you reach the end of the paper. Place the now wrapped glass back on another piece of packing paper horizontally and roll again. Repeat 3-5 times (depending on thickness of glass) with more sheets of packing paper until the glass is properly secured & cushioned. Continue for each wine glass. Label the outside of your “burrito” package: “glass” so it won’t get tossed out with the extra packing paper.
  4. Pack & Pad: Before placing any of the wrapped wine glasses in the box, cushion the bottom of box with packing paper. If you are using the cardboard inserts, position one layer of the inserts in the box on top of the packing paper and place one wrapped glass into each cardboard insert. If you are not using the cardboard inserts, place the wrapped glasses vertically in one layer in the box. Make sure to place them standing up and not lying flat. They are more secure vertically.
  5. Layer & Repeat: After completing the first layer, place packing paper on top. Add more inserts or place wrapped glasses vertically. Repeat these layers until the box is full.
  6. Stuff Empty Space: Once the box is full, fill any remaining space with crumpled packing paper. The layer of crumpled paper will add extra cushion and security for the glasses.
  7. Tape & Move: Lastly, securely tape the box closed and leave it for the movers to carefully move it to your new place! Be sure to label each side of the box “FRAGILE Wine glasses” and arrows pointing up on all sides of the box. Also, write the name of the room you want the box to end up in your new home: “kitchen” or “dining room.”

For more tips on how to pack wine glasses check out this video:

Now you can look forward to that Bordeaux on the other end of your move. May your new home be full of many occasions to raise your glass! Cheers!

Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.  

Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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