Packing Food Supplies

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Packing Food Supplies

Packing Food Supplies

If you can, it is always advisable to consume all your food supplies before the moving company arrives to take your boxes. So it’s a good idea to plan your cooking such that you will have little or no food supplies to pack.

However, if you find that you still have some food supplies left, you don’t have to send everything to the trash. Here are some packing tips to help you get your foodstuff ready for the big move.

Use smaller sized boxes

If you have a lot of canned food and other small foodstuff, having small-sized boxes will help you in the move because you will have lighter boxes that will be less likely to fall apart when lifted. It will also see to it that you have more compact packages so the cans will not move around much inside the box.

Prepare an essentials box

Be smart and avoid being stranded once you arrive in your new home by packing an essentials box. This box should have everything that you will need for the first few days in your new home. It should be the box you unpack first once you arrive and it should be within reach in the moving truck.

Here are the items to include in the essentials box:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Coffee maker and filters
  • Dish soap
  • Dish cloth
  • Some easy food item for one or two meals like pasta
  • A plate, mug, spoon, fork and knife for each family member
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • A box of matches
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency kit

Basically, you will want to include all the essentials that you will need for the first 24 hours in your new home. This is because if you have too many boxes, things will sometimes tend to disappear when you need them most.


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Pack wine and liquor early

You can start the packing process with wine and liquor. Leave a few boxes that you plan to open before you leave and pack the rest. The same should be done for any food items that are in sealed glass bottles that you don’t plan to use before the move. However, make sure that you are only packing items that are worth moving.

Be mindful of restrictions

Different states and different countries will have specific restrictions for the kind of food items that you can bring with you. If you are doing a long distance move to a new state or country, it’s good to first find out whether you will be allowed to bring the foodstuffs you intend to pack.

Declutter as much as possible

Remember that your moving bill will be determined to a great extent on the weight of your shipment. So, only carry what you absolutely need. Decluttering will also have benefits for you in your new home.

Although packing food supplies can be tricky, with a little preparation it doesn’t have to be a stumbling block in your move even if you are moving across state or country lines.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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