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When you are moving there are so many things you need to think about. How are you going to find reliable senior citizen moving companies? This is important because not all companies know how to conduct business with elderly people. Then you need to think about finding a new home. A lot of apartments and homes are available but making the right choice can be hard. And finally, you need to think about packing. Packing has so many different aspects that can make your move easier or harder. It all depends on your preparation and how are you going to handle everything. So, that is why we have created an article that deals with packing. Packing liquids and perishables to be exact. So, without any further ado, let’s dive in!

Packing liquids and perishables – What’s to know?

When you start your packing process, you will be met with a daunting task of arranging every single thing you own into boxes. This organizing process can be very hard and that is why you need to be properly organized. Proper organization is vital to everything in life, and that applies to moving as well. The best way to be properly organized is to create a moving checklist. A moving checklist is a list of everything you need to do during the moving process. It should contain everything from the beginning of the move to the end. From deciding to move and picking a place, to unpacking in your new home. In addition, to help with packing liquids and perishables, as well as everything else, you need to create a moving inventory. A moving inventory will help you keep track of every single item you want to pack and move. This will help you immensely during the unpacking process.

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Packing your liquids and perishables can be a daunting task

When you want to pack liquids, you need to know that most moving companies Long Island have lists of prohibited items. Liquids and perishables are in almost every company’s list so you better make sure to ask them whether you can move a specific item. This will help you in the long run because you will not have to unpack something on moving day, just because you were irresponsible and forgot to ask your movers about their prohibited items list.

Hazardous items are usually prohibited

When you are packing liquids, you need to know which type of liquid it is. If it is flammable, your movers will probably refuse to move them. This is because those flammable liquids can cause damage to your items and their truck, so they are certainly not going to take the risk. In addition, some flammable materials are prohibited by law to be transported during your estate move. Only companies with special permissions can request the shipping of those liquids, and it is always in a highly controlled environment. So, you better forget about wanting to move that propane tank or any types of deodorants or other highly pressurized containers.

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Flammable materials are strictly forbidden

Furthermore, some liquids that are not flammable are still a threat. Many chemicals such as cleaning supplies can pose a risk of ruining other items during the move. So, ask your movers for the list of prohibited items, see which ones are and which ones are not, and create your moving inventory based on that. It is not as easy as packing pots and pans we can tell you that!

How to pack liquids and perishables – a comprehensive guide

Just as you cannot put some items in climate-controlled storage Manhattan, you also cannot put everything on the moving truck. We have already discussed why and it is wise for you to heed that advice. So, if you have read the list of items you cannot move carefully, then you, hopefully, know what you can and what you cannot move. Create an inventory of everything you can move and proceed with packing!

Packing liquids and perishables

Liquids can be hard to pack as you have probably already guessed. You need to know how to pack them securely so it does not leak and damage other items in your box. The first thing you need to do is to get packing supplies. You can buy packing supplies online, but you can also go to your local hardware store. When you are there, ask for zip lock bags, plastic wrap, packing tape, moving blankets, air-filled wrap, and anything else you think you may need at some point.

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Find a cold container for your perishables

Another thing you should get is boxes. And not just any boxes, but different sized boxes. Different sized boxes help you and your movers be more space-efficient during the packing process. This is because they will stack the boxes more efficiently by putting the bigger and bulkier ones at the bottom, and lighter and smaller ones on top. This is important when you are packing liquids and perishables because when you are packing something that can leak out and damage other items, they need to be properly secured and packed within boxes of certain volumes.

How to pack

Let’s get down to packing. We suppose that you want to pack your cleaning supplies and other types of chemicals. The best way to do so is to unscrew the bottle cap, get some plastic wrap, and then screw the cap on again. This will ensure that the liquid stays inside the bottle. Do so with a couple of liquids and then put them inside a zip lock bag. Do not overfill the bag though. If there is a leak, you need to leave enough space so that the zip lock bag does not force open. After that, put them inside a fitting box and seal it shut with packing tape. If there is more space inside the box, use foam nuggets or moving blankets to prevent the liquids from tumbling. When it comes to perishables, you need to make sure to have a cold container. A cold container with prevent the perishables from getting spoiled and attracting all kinds of pests and vermin.

With all that said, good luck with your move!

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011