How to pack wine and liquor for moving
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Can Movers Move Alcohol?
Professional movers typically do not move alcohol. There are restrictions and regulations that vary by location. It’s essential to check with your chosen moving company, and in many cases, it’s advisable to transport alcohol personally due to potential legal and liability issues.
Wine and other bottles require special care, especially during transportation. Fragile items like glasses and bottles are prone to damage, so you must be extremely careful when packing and moving them.
We decided to write down these simple steps and give you all the necessary information about packing wine and liquor bottles. However, we have to empathize that Zip Moving & Storage does not pack and transport wine and liquor bottles.
As experienced movers, we know how to safely and efficiently pack and move even the most delicate bottles; just follow these simple steps!
Safely moving wine bottles
Preserve the integrity of your prized wine collection during relocation with these meticulous steps:
- Choose the Right Packaging: Opt for specially designed wine boxes with dividers, providing individual compartments for each bottle.
- Bubble Wrap Protection: Wrap each bottle generously with bubble wrap, paying close attention to safeguard the fragile neck and base.
- Upright Positioning: Pack your wine bottles upright to prevent the corks from drying out, ensuring the quality of your wines remains intact.
- Secure with Packing Material: Fill any empty spaces within the box with packing material, such as packing peanuts or crumpled paper, to minimize movement during transit.
- Label Clearly: Clearly label the box as ‘Fragile – Wine’ and include arrows indicating the proper upright orientation to guide handlers.
- Temperature Considerations: If possible, factor in temperature control measures during transportation to enhance the preservation of your wine.
Start with sorting your wines
Did you know that different types of wines pack differently? Start by sorting them based on their type, color, and flavor. Separate sparkling wines and Champagne from red, white, and other liquor.
Check your inventory to see what bottles you truly want to bring to your new home. If you are paying per pound to transport them safely, it’s best to decide what bottles are worthy of that.
Find the right packing supplies
Protect your bottles
We recommend using plastic bags and placing the bottles in the middle of the moving box. Always add something soft around the edges. That can be crumbled packing paper or some soft towels.
If you use a regular cardboard box, wrap each bottle before putting them in the box. It’s best to use several sheets of paper to ensure that every bottle is adequately protected and secure.
After that, secure the bottles with tape and check to see that there are no loose endings.
Pack red and white wines upside down
It may sound strange initially, but this position will keep corks watered, and you won’t have to worry about oxidation.
Pack sparkling wine and Champagne upright
To avoid breakage, cushion your bottles and put them upright. We always recommend using cardboard separators to keep everything safe and organized. Also, keep everything as tight and secure as possible.
Avoid packing two bottles next to each other
If you are packing several bottles, putting them next to one another is never a good idea. Take your time and divide them using cardboard separators, bubble wrap, soft towels, or lots of packing paper.
Try out wine travel bags with zippers
Be careful when loading the liquor box
This is the last but equally important step. Our advice is to be extremely careful when loading your box with wine bottles and other liquor. It’s imperative not to stack this box on top of other boxes or furniture.
Another important tip is to put the liquor box away from the truck’s loading door. It’s best to put them on the floor of your car or a moving truck.
As a professional moving company, we care greatly about the well-being of our customers. Before packing and transporting alcohol, please ensure you are of the legal drinking age and check country-specific regulations on alcohol content.