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.