Hi everyone! I have been unable to post much of this summer because I got a bad concussion while working on a vintage Camaro, but I am now moving into a new house and am looking to share some of my moving tips and tricks as well as reaching out to my LaLD fam to get your best tips and tricks for safely packing and transporting Hot Wheels, models, track, supplies and more.
For starters, I went out and bought small jewelry bags from Hobby Lobby for loose 1/64 scales and 18 gallon storage bins for the carded stuff. I have thousands of loose cars and I have found that the plastic jewelry bags are the best way to keep the cars safe and dust free.
The cars also stay relatively safe when put into a big bin for storage/transport.
Now I know most of you are probably thinking, “why didn’t you just use storage cases?”.....well the answer is, I do use them! I filled over 20 various 24 to 72 car cases and use the plastic bag method for the the hundreds left over or that are too big fit in a case.
Like many of you, my storage go-to is the classic Rubbermaid 18 gallon storage container. They are wide and deep, and depending on the brand, have decently flat bottoms perfect for storing carded stuff.
They are also versatile enough that you can stack cardboard based cards and plastic cards like Greenlight and Johnny Lightning without an issue or much (if any) card movement.
The bins make great storage for odd shaped items too — which I use as “dump” bins for random track pieces and parts.
I used various sized cardboard boxes as well, but they flex more than the plastic bins and seem to be less welcoming to stacking heavy boxes on top of one another as they bend or crush some when pressed. Another reason why I like plastic bins is that they can take being stacked three and sometimes four high without much drama (you can see them stacked three high below).
I also found that the odd sized plastic bins sometimes come in handy for storing and transporting larger items that have lost their box over the years.
But when it comes to my favorite or more valuable stuff, I get a little nervous. I use plastic bins and stack them very shallow internally and make sure that there is little movement between them. I will also put paper or bubble wrap inbetween the cars and the lid once it’s time to transport.
Shallow stacked method:
On the flip side, I try to pack cardboard boxes pretty tight to avoid movement or corner damage....but not so tight that things get crushed. It’s a delicate balancing act!
All this packing can be done safely and without much issue, but where my heart skips a beat is the loading and transport process. I like to load all the collectible stuff myself and usually try to transport them in my own car rather than bundling them in on a large moving truck with furniture and other stuff. But that’s easier said than done as may of you, like myself, have large collections that would take multiple trips of both loading and transport to get from one place to another. I do usually try to mark boxes with “transport in car”, “fragile”, or “rare” so that I or moving helpers know there’s precious cargo inside.
So, what’s the best way (or your special tips and tricks) to keep your car-llectables safe while packing for moving and transporting?