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Issue 17, December 13, 2019.

Tips for packing and shipping liquids

Moving is a stressful and rather complex process. You have to find a new home, hire movers, prepare all your stuff for relocating and say goodbye to all your friends and family. But, things get a lot more complicated when you add packing and shipping liquids to the list. Those things can easily leak and damage or even ruin everything. So, yes, preparing your liquids for packing and shipping can be an aggravating job. But, do not worry, we are here to help you out and give you some advice on how to do it properly. Thus, if you are interested in some tips and tricks for packing and shipping liquids safely, keep on reading.

Hire a Moving Agency

As previously mentioned, moving liquids can be an annoying job. You have to be extra careful and pack the liquids safely to ensure they arrive properly at your new destination. But, let's be honest, this is not an easy thing to do. If you are not careful, your liquids may spill, ruin everything in your moving truck and cause a lot of damage. Thus, if you have never done this before, do yourself a favor and hire a moving agency like homegrownmoving.com. Professional movers will know exactly how to pack your liquids and prepare them for shipping You will not have to lift a finger and you will certainly avoid all those headaches. Moreover, there will be no need to spend days gathering the right packing materials and researching different options for moving.

Professional movers know all the right techniques and methods for packing liquids safely! Give them a call!

Relocate Only What is Really Necessary

Before the movers come, or before your moving day approaches, do everything in your power to declutter your liquids. Bring with you only what is absolutely necessary. Also, for instance, try using up as many liquids as you can. And, most importantly, refrain from buying anything new until you relocate for good. You can also give something to your friends, family members or your neighbors. And, if you have some unopened cosmetics or toiletries, you can always donate them to your local charity. However, if you have some liquids in your garage, attic, and basement, it might be a good idea to throw them away. You should also check with your movers about the prohibited and hazardous liquids. Some of them are:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Fertilizer
  • Poison
  • Weed Killer
  • Kerosene

These fluids are very dangerous for shipping as they can cause a lot of trouble if they leak. So, it would be best to dispose of them properly. Contact your local waste management for guidance. Do not flush or pour down the drain those hazardous fluids!

Gather All the Packing Materials

Any type of relocation requires gathering packing materials. So, prepare for shopping and set your relocation budget in advance and accordingly! Be sure that when moving and shipping liquids, cardboard boxes and packing papers will not do the trick. This packing will be different. For instance, you will need plastic bins or plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes. Yes, these are more expensive, but they will ensure that your liquids arrive safely. Then, buy a lot of plastic wrap! You will need it for wrapping every single bottle you plan on shipping.

You can also buy re-sealable zipper storage bags, styrofoam coolers, waterproof bags, and some good quality cardboard boxes. This all depends on the type of liquids you have. Finally, do not forget to buy duct tape, scissors, and permanent markers! In order to get all these packing materials, visit your local hardware store or stationery shop.

You can also ask your movers for some packing material recommendations. 

How to Pack and Ship Liquids

If you have decided to pack all your liquids by yourself in order to save money when moving, that is okay too. Just be sure that you have all the necessary packing materials ready and that you are aware of all the safety precautions you have to make. So, first, add an extra layer of plastic wrap around the lid of the bottle. By doing this, you will make sure that your lid is secure and that it will not leak. It would also be a good idea to wrap the entire bottle with plastic wrap. Then put each bottle in re-sealable zipper storage bags or waterproof bags. Only after doing this, you can put your liquids into cardboard boxes. Place the bottles upright and put some towels between them to ensure there is no movement. Seal the box properly and do not forget to label it so that other people will know what is inside and handle it with utmost care.

Mark the box as 'FRAGILE' from all sides. 

How to Unpack Your Liquids

After you have relocated and your moving truck has arrived, the first thing you should do is check whether there was any leaking. If there was, you must act quickly and take everything out from the moving truck before everything inside gets ruined. But, if you were lucky and everything seems fine and dry, it would also be a good idea to open the boxes containing liquids first. Unpack your liquids outside and do not forget to wear gloves! First, carefully open the box and take everything out. Then, remove all the plastic wrap and slowly open the lids to remove the plastic that was underneath the lid. Finally, all that is left is to put your liquids where they belong and to decide what to do with your leftover packing materials. Good luck!

Author Bio

Angie Collins has been working as a professional moving agent for the last 5 years. She specializes in long-distance moving. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog and writing blogs. She is also a wife and a mother of two.

 

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