You may not give much thought to your candle collection, but these are items that can ruin quite easily during a move. Candles are not cheap, especially if you buy the nice soy ones with a lead-free wick, so they are environmentally friendly. The last thing you want is to be forced to replace all of them when you get to your new home because they all ruined. Not to mention, if they melt, they won’t be the only things ruined in the box.
Packing the Candles
You don’t want to just toss the candles in a box with pieces of art or other décor. Ideally, all the candles in your home will go in one box. It is a good idea to gather them all together to see how large of a box you will need. Choose a box that is not all that much bigger than the collection so there is less risk of them moving around. If you have glass jars or large three pillar candles, then you will need a heavy duty box to support the weight. If you have mostly votives and tea lights that weigh next to nothing, they may all fit in that old shoe box you still have stored in your closet for an unknown reason.
If you have any of the original packaging this is ideal. If not, you will want to wrap all of the larger candles individually using old towels or cleaning rags. You can use bubble wrap, but there is no point paying for supplies you don’t absolutely need. Don’t use good towels or linens, just in case any of the wax melts.
You may be tempted to just wrap all the votives or skinny ones together, but if they melt, they will become clued together. Tissue paper or wax paper is ideal to use to roll each one. You can put a tiny piece of tape on them to hold the paper in place, if you choose.
When you put all this in the box, fill any empty space with cleaning rags to keep them secure. Tape the box closed and label it as fragile. You may also want to write “Do Not Stack” on the box to ensure that the movers do not stack something heavy on top that could crush the candles inside.
Consider the Heat
Don’t assume that your candles won’t melt in the moving truck during a two-day move cross-country. Also, don’t think that you have no concerns if you are moving within the same city during the summer. Those moving trucks get hot. They are not air conditioned so they quickly turn into an oven on a hot day, especially if the truck is parked in the sun.
Even if they get the least bit warm, their shape will be compromised. They may not melt completely, but they will likely bend or warp. If you are transporting things in your car, this box should stay with you in the air conditioning. If you are moving cross-country in the summer and you are flying to your new location, just ship the box to your new address.
Your first thought may be to express ship them, but this is only a good idea if you will beat the package to your new home. Otherwise, it could end up sitting out on your new porch in the sun anyway. If you have already opened a P.O. box at your new location then you could overnight the box and it will just in the post office until you get there. The best thing to do is just ask a family member or friend to overnight it to you in a few days. Whatever you do, get insurance because there is no guarantee that they still won’t melt or break despite your efforts. If this happens, you can recycle them.