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The Art of Packing Designer Handbags for International Relocation: A Comprehensive Guide

Relocating to another country is a monumental task that requires meticulous planning and execution. It becomes all the more challenging when you have high-value items like designer handbags in your inventory. You want these treasured possessions to reach your new home in pristine condition, don’t you?

That’s exactly why we’ve created this in-depth guide to help you master the art of packing designer handbags for international relocation. From the initial steps of inventory and cleaning to choosing the right materials and packing methods, we’ve got you covered.

Initial Preparations

Inventory Management

Before you jump into packing, prepare an inventory list for your designer handbags. Document all relevant information like brand names, materials, dimensions, and unique features. This will not only help you organize but also serve as an essential document for insurance claims, if necessary.

Photographic Documentation

Photographs serve as proof of your items’ pre-shipment condition. Take high-resolution images of your handbags from multiple angles. Store these pictures securely; you might need them in case of damage during the move.


Though it might seem trivial, cleaning your handbags before the move can prevent small dust particles and stains from setting and becoming bigger issues later. Use cleaning methods suitable for the material of your bag; for example, leather handbags may require a specialized leather cleaner.

Packing Materials You'll Need

  • Acid-Free Tissue Paper: To maintain the integrity of the material and avoid chemical reactions that can lead to discolouration.

  • Silica Gel Packets: These are moisture-absorbing agents that help control the internal humidity of the packaging.

  • Bubble Wrap: For added cushioning and external protection.

  • Plywood Boxes: Stronger and more durable than cardboard, offering better protection for international moves.

  • Polyethylene Bags: These sealable bags offer an extra layer of protection against moisture.

Step-by-Step Packing Process

Maintaining the shape of your handbags is crucial, especially during long transits. Stuff the handbags with acid-free tissue paper. Make sure you fill them out, but avoid overstuffing as it can stretch the material.


Maintaining the shape of your handbags is crucial, especially during long transits. Stuff the handbags with acid-free tissue paper. Make sure you fill them out, but avoid overstuffing as it can stretch the material.

Internal Wrapping

Wrap the entire bag with acid-free tissue paper. This adds an additional layer of protection against dust, moisture, and friction between items.

External Wrapping

Once the bag is wrapped in tissue, add a layer of bubble wrap to cushion it. Make sure to secure the bubble wrap with tape, but avoid taping it directly to the handbag.

Silica Gel Packets

Place silica gel packets along with the wrapped bag. These packets are a must for controlling the internal humidity, especially when relocating to regions with a different climate.

Polyethylene Bag

Place the now-wrapped and cushioned handbag into a sealable polyethylene bag. This adds an extra layer of protection against external moisture.


Custom plywood boxes are your best bet for international relocations. Line the bottom of the box with bubble wrap for cushioning and place the polyethylene-bagged handbags inside. If you’re packing multiple handbags in a single box, ensure they are separated by additional layers of bubble wrap or foam dividers.

Sealing and Labeling

Close the box and seal it securely using heavy-duty tape. Label the box appropriately, indicating that it contains fragile items and must be handled carefully.

Shipping and Aftercare


Insurance is not optional when dealing with high-value items like designer handbags. Make sure to get comprehensive coverage that reflects the actual value of the items you’re shipping.

Real-Time Tracking

Invest in a shipping service that provides real-time tracking and temperature monitoring. It adds an additional layer of security and peace of mind during the transit.

What If Something Goes Wrong?

In the unfortunate event that your handbags get damaged during the move, immediate action is necessary. Document the damage through photographs and notify your shipping company and insurance provider as soon as possible. Depending on the level of damage, professional restoration services can bring your designer handbag back to life.

Packing designer handbags for international relocation is an art form that demands attention, skill, and a deep understanding of these items’ value. With suitable materials, techniques, and shipping practices, you can ensure that your treasured items reach their new home in impeccable condition.

So, are you ready for a stress-free, secure international move with your luxury items? We’re here to assist you every step of the way.

For more information or specific queries, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or via WhatsApp at 00971 55 887 8355.

Happy relocating!

This guide is brought to you by Relocate MENA, the specialists in global relocations who combine decades of experience with cutting-edge technology to make your move as smooth as possible.

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