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Loading a van often isn’t as easy as throwing everything into the back. If you are planning to move a lot of items, or if the load contains fragile cargo, you will want to pack everything to prevent damage or accidents.
 
Loads can move around during transit even when driving carefully, and a tight turn or a speed bump can cause a crash in the back. With a bit of preparation you can avoid any damage to your goods.
 

  • Pack heaviest to lightest. Heavy boxes should be packed inside the van first, with lighter boxes and items placed on top.
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  • Sturdy, square items like furniture should –if possible- be stored as flat as possible (i.e. lying down). If they must be packed tall, it is best to secure them with straps or rope against the side of the van to prevent toppling over in transit.
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  • Protect furniture by placing spare sheets, blankets or packing blankets over and underneath them.
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  • If possible remove any drawers and pack them separately. If not possible, tape them closed to prevent them sliding out. Another tip is to use drawers for additional storage space (clothes, small items etc).
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  • Any furniture or items with wheels (such as office chairs) should be secured using straps or rope.
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  • Use bubble-wrap or tea towels to wrap fragile objects (such as glass or porcelain). Newspaper can be used to protect them against scrapes but will not protect against bashes or heavy contact.
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  • Wherever possible, do not over-stuff boxes. It is better to use another box than to pack a box to breaking point.
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  • Electronics should be packed separately. Use their original boxes if you have them, their polystyrene inserts will protect them. If you don’t have these, try to prevent any intrusive dust or scratches by using boxes or blankets.
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  • If you are loading the entire van, secure the whole load by using straps. This will reduce the chance of the weight of the load pushing against the rear doors.
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  • Make sure the rear doors are closed and locked securely before driving off.
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  • If you are using a Luton van, the rear roller door will not lock with the van’s locking system. The tail lift provides some security when it is closed and fastened, but you can usually secure the roller door by using a padlock.