How to pack liquids for moving

Packing GuideMay 20, 2020

When thinking about relocation, most people will have a picture of packing in mind. This is easy to relate with, as packing is the most time-consuming part of the move. However, while one thinks of packing, it’s usual books, clothes, shoes, and sheets that come to mind. It is rather improbable that you would find a person who would think about packing liquids for moving. And that is one of those things that can catch you off-guard, as the job is a bit more complicated than packing the previously listed items. Still, you needn’t worry. It the text that follows we will guide you through the whole process and show you exactly how to pack liquids for moving.

Knowing which liquids are not to be packed for moving

It would be a real shame that you go through the trouble of packing liquids for moving only to find out that your Zippy Shell Columbia movers will not transport them. It is not that they are not eager to help, it is just that moving these hazardous liquids can pose a great hazard to both your belongings, as well as the movers themselves.

Bottles with green substance
Don’t let ignorance get in the way of a safe relocation. Know what you can and cannot pack and move when it comes to liquids.

For this reason, make sure that you avoid packing:

  • flammable liquids and gases
  • poisons
  • toxic substances
  • bleach
  • cleaning solvents
  • nail polish remover
  • lighter fluid
  • paint
  • pesticides
  • fertilizer

Since you cannot store these items in storage Columbus Ohio has, you might consider transporting them yourself in your own car. This can be an option if your relocation is local. However, if you plan on having a longer trip, it would be best to get rid of them prior to the move in a safe manner. Yes, it may mean a loss of a few dollars, but it beats causing a disaster.

Learning how to pack liquids for moving

The first thing that you should know before you pack liquids for moving is that you should by no means pack them with other belongings. That is, if you want to take all the precautions in order to keep liquids from damaging your goods. So, pack your liquids together, as it will ensure everything is equally contained and that, if there is a spill, nothing will have to suffer the consequences.

Another great thing to do is to pack your liquids by type. Or, to explain through an example:

  • pack your toiletries and cosmetics in one box
  • kitchen-related liquids (oils, sauces, and vinegar) go into another
  • natural cleaning products into a third, and so on.
Cleaning supplies
Group the liquids by their use.

Using the proper packing materials and the right techniques

While there are multiple ways in which you can approach this task, we believe that one stands out as the best. And that will be the one that we will now explain. Gather materials such as:

  • plastic wrap
  • packing tape or rubber bands
  • garbage bags
  • plastic containers (boxes)

Once you have what you need, you can proceed with the steps below.

  1. Secure the opening. Cut a square of plastic wrap, and remove the top from the liquid’s container. Place the square piece over the opening and then put the top back on, making sure to screw it on as tightly as the strength in your arms allows. In ideal cases, there should be some overhang so that there is a bit of plastic coming out below the top.
  2. Wrap the top from the outside. After making sure that the top is secured, take a larger square of plastic wrap and wrap it around the outside of the top for a double barrier. Use the packing tape or a rubber band to secure it. While you can opt for sealable plastic bags, by going down this route, you are ultimately using less plastic overall.
  3. In case you are set in using cardboard boxes – line your box. While using plastic bins is something we strongly advise when you pack your liquids for moving, some of you may not be able to listen to our advice. However, not all is lost. You will have to use a garbage bag to line the box. After placing the bag in the box so that the opening is facing up, you will fill it with your properly wrapped and sealed liquid containers, also facing up. Secure the bag at the top, and only then tape up the box.

Placing liquids in plastic bins

Unlike the cardboard boxes, plastic bins offer you a sense of security, and peace of mind, if you will, in case something does spill during transport. Plastic will keep all the spilled liquids inside, and will also be easy to clean and thus able to be used again even in the event of a mess.

Making sure to label

This is an essential part of this whole process. As liquids are considered to be fragile materials, you need to make sure to label them as such. Doing so will ensure that the boxes or bins that contain your liquids are packed correctly for transportation. More specifically, it will let the movers know which side of the box needs to be facing up. In addition, they will know to treat the box with the extra care it requires.

A white box
Label the box correctly and clearly when you pack liquids for moving.

Labeling your containers after you pack liquids for moving will also make your life easier when the time comes for the unpacking. You won’t have to scramble around for things like shampoo, conditioner, and cleaning supplies. And you will need all of these come your first day and night in the new home. So, to be extra responsible and considerate, make sure to write both ‘FRAGILE’ and ‘LIQUIDS’ at the sides of your box. Add the arrows for the side that needs to be facing up.

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