If you have glass wine or liquor to move to your new home, it’s a good idea to make sure your bottles are properly packed so that they make it safely to your new place. Bottles can easily break if they aren’t packed well and this can lead to an annoying mess. Packing bottles for shipping takes the most care but even short moves call for proper planning to prevent any damage. Here are some tips on how to pack up your alcohol before a move.
Check What You Have: Check your inventory of bottles to see what you really want to keep, what’s almost empty, and what you want to take with you. This will help to eliminate some of the unnecessary bottles from your collection that needs to be packed. Liquor and wine bottles are heavy and if you’re paying per pound when you move then this is an easy way to save some costs.
Get Yourself the Right Supplies: Specialty wine shipping boxes are a very secure way to pack liquor and wine bottles given they fit inside the box. You can order these online for your appropriately sized bottles. Wine boxes come in different sizes and can hold either one, six, or twelve bottles inside. If you’re looking to save some money, you can simply use cardboard cell boxes that have cardboard cell dividers to separate and protect your bottles. Additionally, you’ll need packing tape, packing paper, and a marker for labeling your boxes.
Wrap Each Bottle: If you’re packing your bottles in a regular box rather than a wine box, it’s a good idea to individually wrap each bottle to ensure their safety. Follow the steps below to properly wrap your bottles.
- Place a stack of packing paper on a flat work surface
- Check all the caps of your opened bottles to make sure they’re tight
- Place a bottle on its side perpendicular to the corner of the top sheet of paper, then leave enough room at the other corner to be able to start wrapping the bottle.
- Select two or three sheets of paper and then wrap them as one around the bottle, rolling the bottle as you push forward.
- Next, wrap the ends of the paper into the roll as you go. For wine bottles, mold the bottle’s neck as you roll to ensure its tightly wrapped.
- Finally, secure the wrapping with some tape and make sure there are no loose ends.
Box Up Wine and Liquor Bottles: Place each bottle into the box and sure the bottom of them are well-protected. If you feel it’s necessary, then add some paper to cushion them. Once the box is full, try gently shaking it to see if you can hear any bottle clanking. If so, then add some more paper to where the bottles are touching.
Load The Boxes: If you’re moving, then make sure you place each box on the floor or bed of the moving truck. Don’t stack these boxes as it increases the chance that they’ll fall, and the bottles will break.