One of the more tedious tasks of moving from a house is packing fragile or breakable items. A lot of care and consideration will go into packing and moving your stash of good wine and fine liquor. Here are a few tips that might help you save them from any damage.
- Assess if the effort of packing and transporting is worth it. You could have a large valuable collection of wines or a small and easily replaceable one. If it's the latter, then it might not be worth the trouble and cost of packing and transporting them. It would be far simpler to just give it away or serve it in a going away party. If the former situation applies, you might want to know about any special regulations or accompanying fees that go with transporting a large quantity of wine and liquor.
- Consider your packing materials. There are actually specific containers for transporting wine and liquor. Cell boxes are specially made to transport bottles and can be purchased from any liquor stores. It would also be a good idea to use bubble wrap which can be bought from moving and shipping suppliers. As a cheaper alternative you can use newsprint and rolls of this are available in any arts supply store. Packing peanuts will also be useful and these can also be had from shipping suppliers. The alternative is to use shreds of any type of scrap paper. The purpose of all these packing materials is to protect the bottles of wine and liquor from breaking or cracking during transport.
- Consider the necessary temperature for keeping wine. On the average wine should be stored in 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If your wine collection is really rare and valuable and the travel time is gong to be considerably lengthy, you might want to hire a moving van that has climate control in the storage area. The cheaper alternative would be to pack the precious bottles in a cooler with some dry ice.
- Pack each bottle with care. You should first prepare the box you're going to use by taping an extra layer of cardboard inside and at the bottom. Be sure you're using packing tape as this type of tape would have enough tensile and adhesive strength to secure your containers. Next lay each wine or liquor bottle diagonally on a rectangular piece of bubble wrap or news print. Roll the bubble wrap / news print around the bottle to wrap it and then fold the top and bottom corners tightly. Secure the wrapping with tape and then place the bottle in the cell box or whatever container you'll be using. When you've filled up the box with the appropriate amount of bottles it can accommodate, fill up the empty spaces in between with packing peanuts or shredded scrap paper. When you're sure the bottles won't be wiggling or bouncing around in the box, you can now seal the box with packing tape. Don't just seal the top of the box, reinforce the bottom and all the corners and edges.
When you finally arrive at your destination and start unpacking, it is recommended that you don't immediately open any of the wine or liquor bottles. No matter how carefully you packed them, they will be unavoidably shaken. Leave the wine to settle down for a couple of days before you open a bottle.