We know packing liquids can be tricky.
Let’s face it, sometimes walking with just a cup of coffee without spilling it is a challenge - especially first thing in the morning! Even if you’re paying attention and walking carefully, there’s a chance of spillage.
On a more serious note, there are plenty of liquids you may be moving that are dangerous and combustible. Even safe to move liquids are at risk of spilling when transported and can create a big mess. What’s more, those spills can ruin other items, leading to a very avoidable headache.
Read on to learn when and how to pack a variety of liquids leading up to your move.
Where do I start?
There’s a simple way to approach the issue of packing liquids – pack and move as few liquids as you can.
As we mentioned before, transporting liquids can lead to huge inconveniences and potential damage to your other belongings. So, if you want to reduce the risk of spills, here are some of the things you can do:
Stop Buying: The first thing you should do is stop buying liquids in the weeks and days leading to your move day. This way, you’ll save time sorting out liquids and having to move large quantities.
Use What You Have: We recommend that you use up as many liquids as you can before moving day. This will save the packing time and effort during the packing process.
Sort the Liquids: You don’t need to pack all the liquids in your home. Sort out liquids that are unnecessary to pack and save your time, energy and money. Set aside liquids that are worth moving for one reason or another.
Get rid of forbidden and unnecessary liquids: Some liquids are prohibited from being transported. Other fluids will expire or have little left in them. Dispose of any of these before moving day comes around.
Donate unopened items: Most fluids are easily replaceable after the move is over. One excellent option is to donate unopened cosmetic products or personal care products to people who may need them.
Should You Pack Dangerous Liquids?
It’s essential to understand early in your preparation that some liquids can’t be transported by your moving company due to their hazardous nature. These include explosive liquids, poisons, corrosive materials, and toxic substances.
Here are some of the liquids that you should not take with you when moving:
- Liquid Fluid
- Gasoline, Kerosene, or other petroleum products
- Motor Oil, Lamp Oil
- Pesticides, Fertilizers, Weed Killers, Poisons
- Paint, paint thinners, and other paint-related materials
- Nail polish remover
- Cleaning supplies
- Any unidentified liquids
Most professional movers will not load these hazardous liquids on their trucks. If you’re moving with Two Small Men with Big Hearts, get in touch with us to get a list of prohibited items.
Confirm with your local environmental agency to learn how best to dispose of any dangerous liquids before moving. You can also give away these hazardous liquids to a friend or a neighbour and buy new ones when you reach your new place.
How do I pack liquids for moving?
To reduce the chance of spills during your move, here are some of the ways to pack liquids safely:
- Pack the liquid in a plastic bin. Avoid using cardboard boxes - if the liquid spills, the box will be ruined, and you’ll likely have a leak.
- Make sure the cover of the liquid container is tightly and properly sealed to prevent spills. As an extra precaution, remove the top from each item and cover the opening with a plastic wrap. Then place the cover back on the bottle and tighten it with a piece of tape over the top.
- Put liquid containers in a re-sealable plastic bag to contain spills. Place different bottles in each bag, but make sure that they remain upright and seal the bag.
- Place liquid containers upright in a plastic bin and keep them as close together as possible. Fill the open spaces with towels or newspapers and close the lid on the bin, securing with packing tape.
- Label the bin as liquids with other important identifying information such as “cleaning supplies” or “drinks”.
Pressure or temperature changes can also result in spills. But as long as you take the precautions mentioned above, your items will remain closed and spill-free. If you need more advice about packing liquids or moving tips in general, get in touch with our team at Two Small Men.
You can also leave the packing hassle to us – learn more about our packing services.