Your kitchen is filled with pots and pans of all sizes. From saucepans and roasting pans to griddles and woks, kitchen pots and pans are challenging to pack because of their size, shape, and weight.

Understanding how to pack kitchen pots and pans when moving is essential. They may seem sturdy enough, but even small scratches on them can affect their cooking efficiency.

Here is a step-by-step guide to help relieve the stress of packing kitchen pots and pans.

Materials Needed to Pack Kitchen Pots and Pans

  • High-Quality Moving Boxes of Various Sizes
  •  Packing Paper or Newspaper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing Tape
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  • Labels

Steps to Pack Kitchen Pots and Pans

  1. Find a free space on the floor and put all your supplies
  2. Ensure all pots & pans are completely clean and dry
  3. Cover the bottom of the packing boxes
  4. Organize the pots & pans that can nest inside each other
  5. Carefully wrap the group of pans again
  6. Always wrap the pot lids separately
  7. Place the wrapped stacks in the box
  8. Repeat the above steps with the remaining pots & pans
  9. Close & seal the box

Let’s go over each of the above steps in detail to make sure your packing is a breeze.

be carful when packing fragile dishes

Find a Free Space on the Floor and Put All Supplies There

Have medium and large-sized cardboard boxes ready to go. While you may be tempted to use extra large containers, they will become too heavy to lift when they are full.

Have a flat and clear workspace to pack your pots and pans efficiently. Setting up one will save you a lot of stress and frustration when you start packing. Ensure all the packaging and moving materials are within your reach, so you do not have to leave the area.

Ensure All Pots & Pans are Clean and Dirty

Moving is the perfect time to clean your pots and pans thoroughly. Wash all the pots and pans at least 24 hours before you want to pack them. Ensure they are completely dry before you start packing.

Moisture can cause damage to other household items, and if a long-term move involves storage, you may even end up with moldy pots and pans.

Cleaning the pots and pans will also give you a chance to inspect for damaged pieces and maybe even separate some to the garbage pile.

Cover the Bottom of the Packing Boxes

Tape the boxes along the bottom seam. You may even fortify them with a second layer to ensure they are strong enough for your pots and pans. Cushion the inside with crumpled packing paper or newspaper. You can use clean dishtowels for wrapping fragile items. It will ensure protection and padding for the pots and pans.

Organize the Pots & Pans that Can Be placed Inside One Another

Remove the lids from the pots and pans. Pick three to four pans that can be nested together to save some space. Put packing paper on the top of the largest pot or pan you can find.

Then place the next-sized pan on the paper and then push it down gently inside the pan. Repeat the stacking process with the other pans while putting paper as you move to another stack.

Stacking it the key to packing pots and pans

Carefully Wrap the Group of Pans Again

Now, put the nested stack on packing paper and then pull up multiple layers around it. Then, tape the packing paper down tightly and securely around the pot so it won’t open up during the move.

Wrap All the Glass Lids Separately

Wrap all the lids separately using several layers of packing paper or using plastic bubble wrap for extra protection. If the lids can be nested together, you can use the above steps to wrap them together.

Place All the Wrapped Stacks in the Moving Box

Now, place the wrapped pots and pans in the box. Fill the space around it with packing paper or crumbled paper or packing peanuts to prevent it from shifting while you move it.

Make sure there is space at the top of the box and cover the wrapped pots and pans with crumbled paper to fill all empty spaces.

Repeat the Above Steps with the Remaining Pots & Pans

Do not overload the boxes as it can make it difficult to lift or force them to tear, breaking your valuables. Pack heavier items like cast iron alone in smaller boxes, if needed.

Close & Seal Box

Now, tape the boxes closed and use a marker to label their contents. Ensure your labeling is more detailed than just writing pots and pans on the box. You may write frying pans or casserole dishes. Accurate labeling will make it easier for you to locate and unpack them in your new home.

Packed and Ready To Move

Now that you know how to pack kitchen pots and pans in the safest and most efficient manner, packing your kitchen for moving day will be much easier and hassle-free.