Tips for packing musical instruments

Packing is almost everyone’s worst nightmare. When we’re going on holiday, we dread the moment we have to get our suitcase out and fill it with outfits, shoes and all the other things we’ll need during our trip. When it comes to moving house, though, this task becomes even more dreadful. It doesn’t take hours, it takes days and there are always some problematic items. For example, big or fragile things like instruments can give us a headache when we’re figuring out how to pack them and transfer them to our new home. If you’re someone who plays an instrument, you want to keep it safe and damage-free and packing it might be a little bit difficult. Of course, hiring some professional movers and packers Kuwait can be very helpful with this issue, but there are also techniques you can use yourself. Here are some tips on packing musical instruments.

Wrapping musical instruments

Wherever you are moving and whatever you are packing, you’ll need to get some supplies. When you’re packing something very valuable and kind of fragile, you need to be extra careful. You want to protect your musical instruments when packing as best as possible. The transfer might be bumpy, your things might get wet at some point or the boxes might get damaged. These things might not happen, but you don’t want to risk it. Be especially careful if you’re thinking of shipping your instruments and research your options, for example, sea freight Kuwait. Whatever you do, make sure you wrap the instruments very well.

  • If you are dealing with string instruments like guitars, violins or cellos, lightly loosen the strings first. Then, wrap the instrument in a plastic bag. After the plastic bag comes tape and then it’s time for bubble pack. Finally, place the instrument into its case.
  • If, however, you are packing brass instruments, the procedure is slightly different. What you want to do is remove the mouthpiece and pack it up separately. Once again, don’t forget to use lots of bubble pack and make sure the instrument is protected in its case.

    Zoomed in saxophone - when you packing musical instruments like this one, you should carefully wrap them.
    You want to make sure your instruments stay safe and don’t get damaged, so wrap them up well.

So, you’ll need lots of bubble pack, tape and even paper to properly pack a musical instrument. Bubble pack is important because it can protect your instrument from potential leakage in the moving truck. Lots of things can go wrong during the move, but you can make sure that your instruments don’t suffer any damage.

Cases vs. boxes for packing musical instruments

If the instrument you’re packing comes with a case, your job is basically already done. Instruments that have their own cases are very convenient for relocation. The fact that your instrument has a case specifically made for it means that you don’t have to look for a box. Simply use the original packaging your instrument came in. It can surely fit inside and the case will neither be too big nor too small. If the case is sturdy, even better! Your instrument will stay safe during the move. If the case is bigger and there’s some extra room in it once you’ve placed the instrument inside, you can’t leave it that way. This is especially important if the case is soft. Get some paper, crumple it and put it any gaps between the case and the instrument.

A violin in its case - cases are very useful when you're packing musical instruments
If your instrument comes with a case, you don’t need to worry too much about packing it up.

On the other hand, if you have to pack the instrument into a box, there are some things to think about. Find a box that is sturdy enough so that your instrument doesn’t get damaged. Also, pay attention to the size of the box. Get a box that is a little bit bigger than the instrument, but not too big. The last thing you want is your instrument moving inside the box during transport. Again, don’t forget the bubble pack. Of course, using original packaging is easier and a little bit more secure, but it’s not always possible.

Bigger instruments

When you’re preparing instruments for the move, the small ones with a case are not as big of a problem. However, when it comes to drums, pianos or organs, things can get a little tricky. You can’t put these in a case and call it a day. If you decide to hire a moving company, they will provide you with experienced movers who know how to handle these instruments. And if your new place doesn’t have enough space for your piano or drum set, but you don’t want to get rid of your instrument, look for a safe storage facility.


If you hire professionals, you will worry less about the safety of your instrument. Moving the piano on your own isn’t a good idea. You can make it easier on the movers by preparing the piano in advance.

  • If you can, close and lock the keyboard cover on your piano.
  • Remove any parts that can be removed.
  • Once again, make sure you have enough bubble pack, but also blankets and towels. These things will ensure that your musical instrument is packed well and stays protected during the move.


When it comes to drums, you’ll need to disassemble them and later assemble the drum set again. Go to a local music shop and see what kind of boxes they offer. You should get a box that is a few inches bigger than the drums and there should be some room left for bubble pack or papers. Remove heads and rims from the drums and start placing them into the boxes, one drum inside the other. Put the smaller parts into a separate bag, while legs and spurs should be wrapped up. Keep in mind that the drums shouldn’t be able to move around in the box.

Drum set
Drums and bigger instruments are a little bit more difficult to pack, but it’s doable if you know how to go about it.

Packing musical instruments isn’t too different from packing regular items. They simply require a little more caution and care. Because instruments are very expensive and often fragile, you should take good care of them when you’re moving house.