Between the corrugated boxes, packing tape and packing peanuts, moving can be an exhausting and stressful experience. Many of your belongings can easily be tossed into a box and placed on the moving van. However, there are other items that must be handled with care, especially if they are worth some serious money.
If you're a wine connoisseur, chances are you want to ensure your collection and stemware are protected during the move. Here are a few simple tips that will help you expertly pack your wine bottles and glasses.
Purchase the Right Materials
The best way to protect your investment during both the packing and the actual move is to purchase the right materials. Here is a list of the materials you will need in order to pack both your wine and stemware.
The most effective way to keep your wine and stemware safe is to purchase several cell kits. The cells are constructed from cardboard dividers that will pack each individual bottle or glass. These kits are available both in store and online.
Look for boxes that are compatible with your cell kits. Choose boxes that are corrugated and at least double- or triple-wall thickness.
White Tissue Paper
White, acid-free tissue paper is the best option. Avoid newspaper, as the text will potentially bleed into the wine's label.
Any open spaces left should be filled with packing peanuts or another filler product. This will help prevent the bottles from shifting inside the box.
Bubble wrap is another inexpensive way to protect your wine and glasses during the move.
Additionally, you will need plenty of packing tape and a black permanent marker.
Packing Your Wine
Now that you have the necessary materials, it's time to begin packing your wine. Here is a step-by-step guide to help ensure your wine is safe during the entire move:
1. Check Your Bottles
Take an inventory of your wine. This will help ensure you have enough boxes and materials to transport them all. If you have too much wine or if it would be very expensive to relocate your collection, consider giving a few bottles to a friend or throwing a going-away party.
2. Assemble the Boxes
Put the boxes together, making sure to secure the bottom with several pieces of packing tape. Slide the cell kits into the boxes.
3. Wrap each bottle
Wrap each bottle with two or three pieces of white tissue paper. Secure the end of the paper with a piece of tape. If the bottle is fragile or worth a lot of money, wrap it in a layer of bubble wrap as well.
4. Carefully Pack the Bottles
Carefully lower the bottles into each cell compartment.
5. Fill the Gaps
Fill any remaining gaps with packing peanuts. Once the box is full, secure the top with several pieces of tape.
Label each box with its contents and place it on its side. This will help ensure that the cork remains wet, which will prevent damage.
Packing Your Wine Glasses
Protecting your stemware during the move is simple, and you will thank yourself for taking the extra steps. To begin, wrap each of the glasses with at least two to four layers of white tissue paper. Before you tape the ends, crumple up another piece of tissue paper and carefully stuff it inside the bowl.
Finish by securing the tissue paper around both the stem and the foot with tape. Finer and more expensive pieces should be stored inside individual cell compartments. However, if you have stemware or glasses that aren't as fragile, you can carefully place several pieces into a smaller cardboard box.
Whether you choose to use cell compartments or skip them, it is important to fill any gaps with packing peanuts. Once again, this will help ensure the glasses do not move while they are being transported. Finally, secure the boxes and label them.
Protecting Your Wine and Glasses During the Move
Finally, it's time to put the boxes on the moving truck and head toward your new home. It is important to place the boxes in the ideal spot to avoid causing unintentional damage. First off, make sure all the boxes are labeled "Fragile," and let the moving company know what's inside.
The boxes should be placed on the floor of the moving van and not on top of furniture or shelving. Make sure the boxes are packed tightly, which will prevent the fragile bottles and stemware from moving around during transport. A great place for boxes is under desks or other spots which will keep them secure.
After you remove the wine from the boxes, allow it to rest for several days. This will help the wine recover from the stress of the move.
Moving your wine and stemware properly will help prevent unnecessary damage. If you have any further questions, contact the professionals at Redondo Van & Storage.