How to pack a bathroom when moving house

Packing your entire home for a move is a long process that can take many days to complete. If you’ve already packed large areas of your house or apartment like the bedroom and the living room, then you may find that packing your bathroom for a move can be quite a different packing experience.

Packing a bathroom when moving may seem relatively easy and somewhat straightforward, but in reality, it’s anything but that. By understanding the challenges of packing your bathroom when moving house, you will be able to first simplify and then speed up the bathroom packing task in general.

Read the following bathroom packing tips to get a better idea of what it takes to pack your bathroom items for moving.

Why packing your bathroom can be TRICKY

You’re probably thinking that your bathroom will be the easiest room to pack when you move. After all, bathrooms usually contain much fewer items compared to other rooms, so packing those bathroom items should be a breeze. Moreover, the room’s compact size may look like another good reason why you don’t think you’ll have any problems when packing your bathroom for moving.

Surprisingly, you’ll find soon enough that packing a bathroom when moving house can be a rather tricky packing experience. But WHY, you may wonder?

  • Perfect timing required. Bathrooms are used many times a day, every single day. So, you and everyone else in the home will need the bathroom up until the day of the move, and even on Moving day itself. And this is exactly why you’ll need perfect timing to pack up your bathroom for a move: if you pack all bathroom items too early, then you won’t have access to them in the days leading up to the Big day. On the other hand, if you take the risk to pack the bathroom in the last minute, then you may do a poor packing job due to the lack of sufficient time.
  • Abundance of breakable items. Many bathroom items are both fragile and breakable so their safe packing and moving can easily turn into a challenge for you. Large and small glass bottles, flasks, vials, jars, all types of receptacles for prescription medication, hair care products, body care products, toiletries, and make-up – just take your pick.
  • Potential spill risks. Many bathroom items contain liquids of some sort, so there’s a genuine risk of spills and leaks during their actual transportation. To avoid such unpleasant occurrences, you’re going to have to use special packing techniques to eliminate any possibility of spills when moving your bathroom items between the two homes. Read on for more details.

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The THREE stages of packing a bathroom for a move

One thing you must keep in mind is that packing a bathroom is definitely not as easy and straightforward as cramming all bathroom items into several cardboard boxes without sorting, purging and organizing those items first. For best results, you’ll need to go through the following three stages when packing up your bathroom for a move:

  • Packing bathroom items for moving

    Sorting and purging your bathroom items is a task you shouldn’t skip.

    Stage 1: Sorting. Sorting out all the items in the bathroom will help you get a realistic idea of what you have in there and how many of those things will be worth packing and moving to the new home.

  • Stage 2: Purging. Get rid of all unneeded items to shorten the packing time and lower the moving costs. Don’t pack and move any bathroom items that you don’t want, don’t like or don’t need – if you do, then you’ll be simply wasting time, energy, and ultimately – money.
  • Stage 3: Packing. The final stage of packing a bathroom for moving is, of course, the packing task itself. This is where you’ll make use of professional tips for packing a bathroom, as well as special bathroom packing techniques and tricks to guarantee a successful packing and moving experience.

Packing timeline for moving

Stage 1. How to sort your bathroom for moving

What’s the best way to pack bathroom items? You need to sort them out first in order to decide which ones you will keep and which ones you will simply throw away.

Go through all bathroom cupboards, cabinets, shelves, and drawers, and then sort your bathroom supplies into the following groups (categories):

  • Small electric appliances and accessories
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoos, conditioners, and other kinds of hair products)
  • Shaving accessories (brushes, foams and gels, razors, aftershave lotions)
  • Cosmetic products of all sort
  • Make-up (lipstick, mascara, shades, eyeliner pencils, rouge, and other beauty products)
  • Perfumes and deodorants
  • Prescription medication
  • Towels and linens
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Miscellaneous bathroom items

Sorting all the things you have in your bathroom will speed up the next phase of packing your bathroom for a move – the purging stage.

Stage 2. How to purge your bathroom for moving

You should get rid of any bathroom items that you don’t want anymore and that you won’t need moving into the new home. But that’s not all – you shouldn’t pack and move anything that is not safe anymore – especially true for prescription medication.

  • Appliances and accessories. Consider packing and moving only appliances that are in working order – test each one to find out. Also, if you have duplicates, then figure out if you really need more than one blow dryer or curling iron.
  • Make-up and cosmetic products. Go through your supply of make-up, skin care products and other cosmetics, and then throw away any products that have expired, dried out, or damaged with time. If you’ve never used any of those bathroom items, maybe it’s time to give them away or just discard them once and for all.
  • Toiletries and hair products. Throw away empty bottles or tubes, as well as the ones that have a very small quantity of product left in them. Sometimes, packing and moving inexpensive toiletries may not be worth it because the time you’ll waste packing them and the extra moving expenses they’ll incur may cost you more than purchasing those bathroom products after you move in. If that turns out to be the case, give away or donate some of your hair and body care products, including other toiletries you may have.
  • Packing your medicine cabinet.

    Medicine Cabinet Purge in progress…

    Medicine. Go through your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of any medications that 1) have expired, 2) have illegible or missing labels, 3) seem ineffective, 4) have changed their properties (appearance, smell, taste), and 5) are no longer necessary. Make sure you don’t just throw away or flush the medication you won’t take with you – instead, take it to a local drug store or recycling center for proper recycling.

  • Towels and linens. Examine your bathroom towels, bathrobes and shower curtains to check whether or not they are too worn out to be moved to the new home’s bathroom. Any towels or rags you’re not moving can be used for cleaning your home, including the bathroom, prior to moving out.
  • Cleaning supplies and other chemicals. Cleaning supplies fall into the category of non-allowable items – that is, items forbidden for transportation due to their hazardous nature. While professional movers will not move any cleaning supplies for you, you can still take some of them with you in your personal vehicle as long as they are made perfectly safe for transport.

How to get rid of things when moving

Stage 3. How to pack your bathroom for moving (8 steps)

To effectively pack your bathroom, you’re advised to complete the previous two stages first – 1) sorting and 2) purging your bathroom items.

Follow these packing steps to learn the right way to pack a bathroom when moving out of one home and moving into another one.

Step 1. Pack bathroom bags

The very first step to packing your bathroom when moving is to ask each family member in your home to pack an essential bathroom bag for her or him to get them through the last day or days in the old home. Do this shortly before Moving day arrives – the idea here is to get the bathroom packing timing right. You definitely don’t want to put off that packing task until the last second, but you don’t want to do it too early in your moving preparations simply because you’re going to need to use daily most of the bathroom items and supplies.

Packing a bathroom bag is pretty straightforward: each one should include at least one toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, a bottle of shampoo, soap or shower gel, essential make-up, deodorant, shaving accessories and basically any other bathroom items that that person would pack in a travel bag for a few days’ vacation.

Step 2. Line and pad your boxes

The next thing you need to do when packing your bathroom supplies is to line the bottom of the boxes with packing paper as the first layer of protection. Then, place a bathroom towel over the bottom paper in order to create a protective base inside each cardboard box.

Step 3. Protect extra fragile bathroom items

Wrap the bathroom mirror – should you ever decide to take it with you – with soft packing paper, then place custom-cut pieces of thick cardboard on top and tape those pieces over the fragile item to keep it intact. Finally, wrap the entire mirror in bubble wrap to prevent untimely breakage.

All glass and extra fragile bathroom items should be protected with the help of packing paper and bubble wrap. Use cardboard pieces over large flat surfaces to keep them from getting damaged during the move.

Step 4. Pack bathroom liquids with care

How to pack bathroom liquids when moving

Packing rule #20: Keep bathroom liquids in leak-proof containers.

Packing a bathroom for moving will always be kind of tricky due to the abundance of half-empty (or half-full!) bottles containing liquids. It’s important that you do your best to avoid bad spills and leaks during the move, so the best way to do this is to use zippered plastic bags or plastic wrap.

First, open up a half-empty bottle, place a piece of plastic wrap on its opening, and then tighten back its cap or lid – this will prevent any leaks. For extra protection, place each opened bottle into a zippered plastic bag – Ziploc bags work great.

Step 5. Take care of your toiletries

Pack your various toiletries in their respective toiletry bags.

In case you don’t have such bags, then wrap each toiletry piece in clean packing paper, then finish the packing with sheets of plastic wrap for extra protection. Finally, place each bathroom item inside a small cardboard box.

The rule of thumb is to pack toiletries in small boxes.

Step 6. Use the padding power of towels and washcloths

You’re going to have to pack your bath towels, washcloths and shower curtains anyway, so why not use them to pad other cardboard boxes that contain fragile items? Towels make great padding and filling materials without adding too much weight, so instead of packing a few boxes ONLY with bathroom towels and robes, use them to protect your other stuff with them.

Make sure the towels and shower curtains are 100% dry before you pack them to avoid the buildup of mildew.

Step 7. Keep medicine close by

When packing your bathroom, and in particular your medicine cabinet, remember to pack your essential prescription medication and first aid supplies in the essentials box. That essentials open-first box, or boxes, should stay with you at all time – don’t make the rookie mistake of handing it over to your movers.

Step 8. Label all bathroom boxes

It’s important to label all boxes after packing them. Proper box labeling will help you identify the bathroom items faster when you reach the home so that you can set up the bathroom with priority. Remember that the bedroom and the bathroom are the first rooms to unpack when the move to the new home is complete.

To label your bathroom boxes, just write the content of each box and its destination room (BATHROOM). If any of the boxes contain FRAGILE items, write that down too so that whoever’s carrying those containers can exercise more care.

What's the best way to pack a bathroom for moving?

Congratulations! Now you know the best way to pack a bathroom for moving.

Hopefully, the bathroom packing tips above will help you sort, purge and pack your bathroom items without any problems. The three most important points to remember are:

  • Sort thoroughly your bathroom supplies and get rid of the ones you no longer need.
  • Keep liquids in leak-proof containers: use plastic wrap and zipped plastic bags to prevent liquids from bathroom bottles, jars or tubes from leaking.
  • Pad breakable bathroom items with plenty of bubble wrap and, of course, bathroom towels.

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