Ideally, you'll want to get a dish pack, which is basically a double layered box. It offers a bit more protection for your dishes. Any other boxes that are not specifically designed for dishes is not recommended by us.

Before you start packing the dishes, prepare the box by laying a few sheets of packing, also, we recommend lining the sides of the box with packing paper as well.  Let some of the packing paper hang over the edges so you can use it to top the box off before taping.

You'll want to make sure that you fill the box so that it neither bulges nor sags in the middle.


Bowls should be wrapped individually in two sheets of packing paper. You can stack them 2 or 3 high at a time and wrap the stack with packing paper to keep it together. You'll want to place them upside down in the box.


Cups need to be wrapped individually in packing paper and placed rim down.


Plates should be wrapped individually and then bundled so that about 4 plates are together which should then be bundled into one bunch.  Make sure to place the plates VERTICALLY on their sides, do not stack them as if you would stack them in a cabinet.  This step is critical as it makes sure there isn’t too much pressure on the plates and will allow them to absorb more shock.


The bottom most layer should be the plates, placed vertically.  The second layer should be thicker items such as drinking glasses and bowls.  The third and the top-most layer should be fragile items such as wine glasses.  When you are finished with one layer, you'll want to make it level with packing paper. To make it even more stable, you can use a cut up piece of cardboard to act as a more protective layer.

Disclaimer:  This post is a general guideline and is in no way a guarantee that following these steps will guarantee that nothing will break.  If you have any doubts, hire a professional to do it.