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How to pack fishing equipment for moving


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If you’re an avid fisherman, your fishing gear is likely very important to you. And even if you aren’t you’re likely not that into the idea of having to replace after the move what you already own. Because of that, it’s important for you to pack fishing equipment for moving properly. No matter how gentle movers NH residents recommend are with your gear, if it’s not well packed, it could potentially sustain some damages. So you see why it’s very important to pack fishing great thoroughly. That said, as simple as it seems, packing fishing gear requires some research and effort. And, of course, proper supplies. But you can’t really know how to approach doing it if you’ve never done it before. Luckily, we’re here for you and we’ll tell you all you need to know about packing your fishing equipment.

Why is it important to pack fishing equipment for moving well?

The short answer is – It can easily get damaged. It’s probably pretty obvious that fishing equipment isn’t really the most durable thing in the world. That’s why it requires a lot of care and attention when packing. There are quite a few things that can go wrong during transportation. For example, the shaft of the rod could chip or even completely snap, the reel could break, your bait box could open and spill, just to name a few. Because of that, aside from hiring one of the very skilled and careful moving companies Merrimack NH has to offer, you should also make sure to pack your fishing equipment for a move as carefully as possible. There’s just no way around it. If you wish your fishing gear to arrive at your new home in pristine condition you have to do some serious, professional packing.

A man holding a fishing rod.
Fishing equipment can be very fragile!

Packing your fishing gear for a move requires obtaining quality packing supplies

If you’re moving, you’ll likely go shopping for packing supplies anyway. However, you can’t really pack most of your fishing gear in regular moving boxes. It just won’t fit. That’s why a list of packing supplies is a bit more complex when packing fishing equipment than it is when packing other things. Sure, there are quite a few materials that will overlap, but not all. Because of that, you’ll have to add these special packing items to your list of packing supplies. Of course, that is, unless you’re planning to pay for packing services Merrimack NH residents recommend who also offer supplies. But if you’re not, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard or PVC tubes
  • Heavy-duty moving boxes
  • Quality bubble wrap
  • Packing paper
  • Strong duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Size does matter quite a bit in this case

You should always get supplies that can fit what you’re planning to pack. Otherwise, your supplies will be useless. That applies to fishing gear as well. But, you should also make sure that your tubes and boxes are not too big. Just like you’d want to get a box that’s just big enough to fit your TV and some bubble wrap, to securely transport your TV, you should also find fitting tubes and boxes that will comfortably but snuggly fit your fishing equipment. Also, keep in mind that it’s not one size fits all. Just like not all apartment movers Merrimack NH offers will fit all clients, so not all pipes and boxes fit all fishing equipment. Measure before you buy!

A man sealing a moving box.
If you’re trying to pack fishing equipment for moving properly, you have to get containers of the right size!

Cleaning before packing is crucial

Unless you want to deal with something fishy after the move, you should make sure to clean your fishing gear before packing it for a move. Likely nothing bad will happen to it if you don’t clean it thoroughly before the move. However, you’re at risk of dealing with some seriously rancid smells if you skip doing so. We all know how funky clothes and fishing equipment can smell after a day of fishing. Now imagine those smells contained within a container for a longer period of time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Pack your fishing equipment for a move like a pro

When packing fishing equipment you have to be really careful. Treat it as if you’re packing something really fragile. Also, keep in mind that the less stingy you are with protective supplies the lesser the likelihood of your equipment getting damaged during transportation. But how exactly should you pack? Here are the basic steps you should follow:

  1. Detach the reel from the fishing rod so it doesn’t get damaged.
  2. Then, wrap it in a few layers of bubble wrap and secure it with duct tape.
  3. After that, wrap your rod in bubble wrap and then secure the bubble wrap with a good amount of duct tape so it’s not unraveling.
  4. Once wrapped, place the fishing rod in a plastic or PVC pipe.
  5. Secure the pipe tightly with an ample amount of duct tape. You want to make sure your fishing rod doesn’t fall out during transportation.
  6. Once you’re done with your reel and rod, move on to packing your boxes of fishing lures. Begin by checking whether the boxes are properly closed.
  7. Then, wrap each of the boxes with a decent amount of bubble wrap and secure it with duct tape.
  8. After that, stack boxes in a moving box and place the wrapped reel next to them.
  9. Add more padding if needed and seal the box.
  10. Label all of the containers with a marker.
A man attempting to pack fishing equipment for moving.
Each piece of fishing equipment requires a different approach!

Packing fishing equipment is not really hard, it just requires time and care

As you can see, it’s not that hard to pack fishing equipment for moving. It’s just a sequence of very simple steps. However, the tricky part is that you have to be very focused and approach the task with gentle care. If you feel yourself struggling with any of the steps, don’t force it. Instead, try to do a bit more research. And if you do so, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to pack your gear properly for a move!

“I have used Michael Brooks Moving Co. 3 times and was completely satisfied every time. His staff is professional and very careful with the whole moving process. I would hire them again and know it is going to be done right and worry free.”

- Paul Provencher

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