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How to pack: Tips for moving delicate items

With Peyton Manning set to move to a new city, he may need some advice for packing his many trophies and awards.

With Peyton Manning set to move to a new city, he may need some advice for packing his many trophies and awards.

With Peyton Manning's contract with the Indianapolis Colts at an end, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback will soon be moving to a new city. But after so many years in the same place, he may need some advice on packing up his many belongings.

Having played football since a very young age, Manning has certainly gathered a great many awards and trophies. He has won four MVP Awards during his time in the NFL, including one for his performance in Super Bowl XLI.

When packing fragile items, like trophies or free-standing awards, he'll want to layer the inside of a box with insulating packing supplies like bubble wrap, foam or packing peanuts. Then, before placing each fragile item in the box, Manning will want to wrap it gently but securely with additional newsprint or bubble wrap. He should also be sure to place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top, filling any empty spaces with more packing material.

Many larger trophies come in particularly awkward shapes, and can be difficult to pack. It might be best to transport items like this inside their own box with a little bit of added packing material. Manning has won some impressive awards throughout his career, and some are sure to be quite large. These items could be simply wrapped in bubble wrap and transported on their own.

Some awards or plaques come in the form of etched glass or framed papers, which present a different packing challenge. One way to prevent glass from shifting in its frame is to cover it with a large "X" made of masking tape. This could help prevent it from shattering during transport. Awards and frames with delicate corners might need to be covered with extra insulating material, since more delicate packing materials may rip.

To really make sure his fragile awards survive the trip to a new city, Manning may want to consider packing them into something other than a cardboard box. While cardboard is definitely still the standard, it is also less sturdy than some other options. Hard plastic containers provide an extra level of protection against items shifting and falling onto each other during transport. By labeling his boxes as fragile, Manning will let the moving company know which boxes should be treated with extra care.

Wherever Manning winds up playing football, if he follows these guidelines his fragile awards and trophies will get there in one piece.