Steps for packing food for your move

Blog - September 25, 2018

Statistics say that the kitchen is the last room that the most movers choose to pack. This comes as no surprise, of course, since it contains the most complex variety of items, cupboards, and drawers. As the moving day approaches it can seem like an icing on the cake of stress to figure out what to do with all the food. There are many annoying habits that we, the average human beings, have. One of them is the tendency to often pile up and hoard things, and when the planned moving day comes, so does the problem of weighing what to keep and what to throw away. That is true for all the items one may keep in their house, and it is especially true for food. There are many ideas on what the steps for packing food for your move are.

Should I throw this away, eat all of it, or give to my neighbors? Throwing away feels like you are wasteful, packing it seems impossible, and giving to neighbors may be a bit awkward. Is it starting to get obvious, concerning all of this, why people tend to leave packing the food for last? Also, there’s the fact that you need that food for, well, eating. In any case, don’t let this make you feel down. There are ways how to pack pretty much everything,  so have no worries! So here, before you is the list of steps for packing food for your move that you ought to follow.

Packing Food for Your Move can be as easy as using a box like this one.
Packing belongings can be simple if you have the right approach.

Inventory is the key for packing food for your move

Making an inventory list should be your first step during packing (and in other areas as well) in general. If you’re to undertake such a huge and important task like moving, you should be aware of everything you have. This will help you organize in a better, more efficient way, which is what you want since moving is among the top 5 most stressful events in life according to psychologists, and you don’t want to make it worse.

That is why you should take some time and make a complete inventory of all of your belongings. Go room by room and make separate sections for each of them. When it’s time for the kitchen, be especially detailed here and make all the subsections that you can think of. Especially since this really is the most complicated logistical task when it comes to moving. We here at Wolley Movers know that.

Here are some ideas for sections of your kitchen inventory:

  1. Fridge, freezer, and pantry are the main three areas as they represent the three most common places people keep food.
  2. Next, you can divide the items into subcategories like canned goods (vegetables, soups, fruit etc), the ingredients for cooking and baking (salt, flour, sugar etc), perishable food which is pretty much everything in the fridge and the freezer, and the non-perishable food like snacks, chips, bottled juices etc).
  3. You can make a third division based on your priorities of what you would like to keep. For example, you have frozen pork and lamb, and you prefer lamb, so you may prioritize it over the pork. Or maybe there are several types of jam, and one of them is your favorite, so you should mark it.
a plate with food on it
A nice lunch made of perishable food

After you are done with making the inventory, you can cross-reference all of these three categories, and see what your priorities are. Then think about the space available at your new place to get the clear picture of how much you can take there. Now, you can actually plan the whole thing. You should make a list of food that you can eat in the days prior to moving too. This can help you clear the inventory a bit and is, in any case, something that you need, since, well, it is food and you need it. It is always a smart move to ration the perishables and eat them during that pre-moving phase. Which leads us to the next phase of packing food for your move.

Packing things you are bringing with you

During your first post-move days, your daily routine will definitely be disturbed. If you are not careful, you may find yourself lacking a lot of things. However, there is an easy way of solving this particular predicament, concerning all of your things, not just the food. What you should do is make a list of everything that you may need in the first couple of days until you are finished unpacking.

There are probably several electronic devices that you will need right away, like your PC or a laptop, your phone charger, TV, or speakers. You will need several sets of clothes, so think about these too. Your personal hygiene set is also a must. These are all things that are most commonly known as essentials and you should take special care when preparing these, as this is one of the most important steps for packing food for your move.

Two bags and camera
Preparing essentials is a key moving tactic

Same goes for the food. As we already said, you are going to have to decide what you are going to need during your pre-moving phase. This is equally true for the first days that you will spend in your new place. So, you have to plan what you will eat during that period. Canned goods are a pretty good solution for this problem, so make sure that you have some of these and/or other unperishable items in the “essentials box” section when you move into your next apartment.

There are a couple more steps for packing food for your move:

  1. These packing materials should be enough for an average kitchen:
    – 4/5 Large boxes for packing the lighter yet hard items like baking tins, plastic kitchenware, dish racks etc
    – 4/5 Heavy duty boxes since these have thick, doubled walls, and are hence perfect for fragile items like
    – About a dozen Medium boxes for heavier items such as pans and pots, silverware, drawer contents etc
    – Wrapping paper – Packing paper is your friend here since it is perfect fragile items and even food
    – Packing tapes – Purchase a lot of these because you will need it in huge amounts
    – Marker labels – Also, a ton of these
  2. Don’t overstuff the boxes. Those cans are small but are heavier than they look. If you put a lot of them in a box, it is likely that the cans will fall through it.
  3. When packing glass containers, make sure that you that you surround them fully with bubble wrap before placing them in the box.
  4. If you are moving over short distances, it may be possible to carry them with a portable cooler.

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