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One of the trickier parts of moving is knowing how to pack liquids. But here’s the bottom line: it doesn’t have to be!

Through a bit of planning and a little care, you can avoid spills while moving all together. In addition, you can also avoid damage to your moving boxes and the belongings that you’ve got inside of them.

That’s why we need to know how to pack liquids.

Tips for Learning How to Pack Liquids

Liquids spill during transport for plenty of reasons. There will be times when boxes tip over, and moving trucks hit bumps in the road. It ends up with things getting jostled around. Without much issue, if your liquids aren’t secured properly, it’s going to entail a whole lot of mess.

Nobody wants to deal with that!

For this reason, you need to take your time with packing liquids, and make sure that every spillable item is properly secured, so that something as simple as hump or a pot hole won’t result in a complete moving disaster. So how do you go about knowing how to pack liquids?

Well, follow a couple of these tips for packing liquids so that you can worry less about spillage, and more about how to pick the right movers.

#1 Do an inventory

Every type of liquid has potential to cause damage. That includes anything from water to any liquid cleaners. All of them can degrade your cardboard moving boxes and cause them to break. You need to figure out exactly what you’re working with in terms of these liquids.

This can also help you determine how much you need when it comes to packing materials.

Also, remember that there are some liquids that you aren’t allowed to stuff into a moving truck, even if it is one that you’ve rented and will be driving yourself.

#2 Pack all liquids together

One of the best ways to stop liquids from damaging valuables during a move is to pack them together to stop them from being able to cause damage. Everything must be well-contained. To minimize the risks, pack your liquids by tupe. 

Put cosmetics and toiletries in one box, kitchen-related liquids like cooking oil and sauces in another. Place natural cleaning products in another box.

Because you’ve started with taking inventory, this should be fairly easy.

#3 Discard what you don’t need

The less liquids that you have to move, the better. Aside from disposing of hazardous liquids, you really shouldn’t be packing liquids that you don’t have any use for. If it’s not going to serve purposes in your new home, it’s not worth the risk of packing. 

We always recommend going through and discarding stuff before packing anyway.

Some questions you need to ask yourself to help you make decisions include:

  • Is it expired?
  • Have you used this liquid in the past year?
  • Is the container damaged?
  • Are the containers pretty much empty?

For any liquids that you aren’t bringing along (as long as they’re not hazardous), dump the liquids, rinse out containers, and recycle or toss it as appropriate.

For the medications, hazardous liquids, and any other liquids with chemicals, call the waste management provider to find out how to safely dispose of them.

#4 Use correct packing materials

There are multiple ways of packing liquids, and the right materials that you should know include: garbage bags, packing tape or rubber bands, and plastic wrap. Of course, to save yourself some time with packing materials, you can always hire professional movers and get help with their packaging services.

#5 Make sure to label your liquids

Liquids can be considered as fragile materials, so be sure to label them as such. This ensures that the bins and boxes containing your liquids will be packed correctly for transport, ensuring right side-up and with care. It can also make your life easier when it’s finally time to unpack.

When it comes to unpacking, open your bins or boxes carefully on a flat surface. Because even with safe packing methods, your liquid containers are still likely to shift around.

Packing boxes is one of the most difficult parts of moving, right after doing the heavy lifting, of course. It’s true that it’s more efficient to hire professional packers, but it doesn’t hurt to know how to DIY that. Or understand how the professionals take care of it. Today, you’ll know some mistakes to avoid when packing boxes.

It’s essential to pack all of your boxes correctly to minimize the strain and reduce the chances of damaging your belongings during transport. In addition, improper box packing entails more work on your end, plus a difficult move as well. 

Keeping that in mind, you need to know mistakes to avoid when packing boxes. Of course, in every step involved in a move, it’s easier to make it right the first time than go back and redo everything.

What are Mistakes to Avoid When Packing Boxes?

Packing boxes are a skill. (That’s why professional movers are trained to do them for you).

But even if it’s your first move or your twenty-fifth, you can still improve quickly and efficiently through a little bit of research and some practice before you jump into it. To get you on the right track, we’ve made a checklist, and a list of mistakes to avoid when packing boxes.

#1 Refusing to get rid of stuff

No matter how long you’ve lived in your own home, you’ve got to admit that there are things that you need to get rid of.

Organizing your belongings and tossing the items that you don’t need or want anymore is one of the best ways to make packing boxes a whole lot easier. Plus, it can save you time and money. And when you refuse and neglect to get rid of things, you just end up wasting both.

So before you start packing boxes, visit every room and pull out things that you aren’t planning to take with you to your next home. Sort your items carefully into three piles: recycle, throw, and donate.

Aim for donating as much as you can. Make sure you dedicate some time in your schedule for coordinating your donations or other methods of disposal. Yes, it’s a little bit of extra work, but you’ll be glad when it’s finally time to pack and unpack during and after the move.

#2 Failing to accurately assess needs

Before you even pack up a single item, you need to make sure that you have the right boxes, both in quantity and size. Lots of packers fail to do an accurate assessment before packing. In the end, they cram too much into each box. Also result in having to put items in boxes that aren’t the right fit for them. 

True, it’s one of the most common packing mistakes that people make, but it’s also quite easy to avoid.

Do an inventory of how large your space is and how much stuff do you actually need. You’ll also need to account for packing style.

#3 Not wrapping items before packing them

When you pack boxes, it’s as much about wrapping those items as it is about fitting them into a single place. As much as possible, avoid cutting corners. Fragile and sharp belongings must be wrapped, otherwise you’re in for a lot of object damages. 

That includes (but isn’t limited to), broken items and shattered objects. You don’t have a shortage of options when it comes to supplies for wrapping up items. In fact, there might be some things that are lying around the house already. Also make use of things like towels and linen. They provide lots of cushioning and padding where they’re needed the most.

#4 Refusing to set up boxes right

It looks like a really simple cardboard box right now, but it’s going to take on a lot of weight after you fill it up. A box that isn’t set up right is a box that would likely fall apart in transport. Of course, you don’t want that to happen. 

So it’s key to setting up your boxes correctly the first time around. Line up the sides closely when building them, so there’s no overhang. Afterward, use two layers of tape on the area where the sides meet the end of the box.

Do that for all of your moving boxes, even those that aren’t going to be keeping any particularly heavy items.

#5 Failing to seal liquids

Cardboard won’t hold up well to moisture. That means every single drop compromises the structure of a box. It also leads to some serious damage, and at the very least, a massive mess. So make sure to keep liquids secure in boxes by going for a triple seal.

#6 Avoid overstuffing

Packing boxes are capable of holding about 30-150 pounds. It also depends on their size and whether they’re single or double-walled. So another thing to remember is to stick to your limits. Lots of items packed in too small boxes are a recipe for disaster. 

Yes, they’re sturdy but cardboard boxes aren’t meant to hold more than their intended weight. When you overstuff boxes, it leads to a lot of dangerous moving situations and a high chance for breakage.

#7 Not labeling those moving boxes

True enough, it’s not the biggest packing taboo that you can make. But it’s going to cause a major nuisance whenever it’s time to unload and unpack. Of course, there’s no need to list every single item in every single box, but you need to label your boxes with what room they go in and whether there’s anything fragile inside. 

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