Moving Tips: How To Pack Wine for Moving

Moving Tip: If you’re moving locally in San Jose you don’t need a special wine box to pack wine when moving a short distance, just use a book box. The special boxes are expensive.

Moving tip: We do recommend special boxes if you are moving cross country. Those boxes have Styrofoam inserts to help protect against temperature changes when traveling cross country.Steps for Packing Wine for Moving :

  • Place crumbled paper on the bottom of a book box
  • Wrap each bottle in paper and lay them down in the box. The paper will help to keep them cool and create padding so the bottles do not break.
  • Leave a couple inches at the top of the box for more paper and seal your box.
  • Label the box on the top and sides “wine” so you can locate them easily at the new house.

Bonus moving tip: If you do not plan on unpacking the wine right away simply place the box(es) in a cool spot and they will be fine until you get around to unpacking.

Read more moving tipsHow to make a moving box, and Packing and Moving Food.

Moving Tips: Packing & Moving Food

You’re packing & moving! Now is a good time to check the expiration date on food you have stored. You might be amazed at what has already expired in your refrigerator and cupboards.
Moving Tip: Here are some guidelines to help you check those dates and throw out those items that are past their shelf life.

  • Coffee, canned ground – Unopened: 2 years — Opened 1 month refrigerated.
  • Coffee, gourmet — Beans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longer in vacuum-seal bag (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume) — Ground: 1 week in sealed container
  • Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles) — Unopened: 3 months from purchase by date on packaging.
  • Soda, regular — Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from purchase by date on packaging.
  • Dried pasta — 12 months
  • Frozen dinners — Unopened: 12 to 18 months
  • Frozen vegetables — Unopened: 18 to 24 months — Opened: 1 month
  • Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry) – Unopened: 8 months from production date — Opened: 7 to 10 days
  • Ketchup — Unopened: 1 year (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume) —
  • Opened or used: 4 to 6 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
  • Maple syrup, real or imitation — 1 year
  • Maraschino cherries — Unopened: 3 to 4 years — Opened: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated
  • Mayonnaise — Unopened: Indefinitely — Opened: 2 to 3 months from purchase by date on packaging (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
  • Mustard — 2 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
  • Olives, jarred (green with pimento) — Unopened: 3 years — Opened: 3 months
  • Olive oil — 2 years from manufacture date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
  • Peanuts — Unopened: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated — Opened: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container
  • Peanut butter, natural — 9 months
  • Peanut butter, processed (Jif) — Unopened: 2 years — Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months
  • Pickles — Unopened: 18 months — Opened: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft.
  • Protein bars (Power Bars) — Unopened: 10 to 12 months. Check “best buy” date on the package.
  • Rice, white — 2 years from date on box or date of purchase
  • Salad dressing, bottled — Unopened: 12 months after purchase by date on packaging — Opened: 9 months refrigerated
  • Steak sauce — 33 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
  • Tabasco — 5 years, stored in a cool, dry place
  • Tea bags (Lipton)  — Use within 2 years of opening the package
  • Tuna, canned — Unopened: 1 year from purchase date — Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can
  • Soy sauce, bottled — Unopened: 2 years — Opened: 3 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
  • Vinegar — 42 months
  • Worcestershire sauce — Unopened: 5 to 10 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume) — -Opened: 2 years
Bonus Moving Tip:
  • Beer – unopened: 4 months

Read more moving tipsPacking your kitchen for moving, How to pack wine for moving, andPackaging & moving perishables.

Packing & Moving Perishables

FridgeWe get calls all the time asking what to do with food when moving. Yes, the refrigerator needs to be emptied. It will be tipped and everything inside will slide around and could break and or break the shelves. The refrigerator cannot be moved full.

When the movers arrive they will start loading the bedrooms first. While they are working on the rest of the house you can unload the refrigerator. Load condiments into book boxes and label “fridge”. The more perishable items can be put into an ice chest. The refrigerator and  boxes containing food will be loaded onto the truck towards the end of the load so it is one of the first things off the truck and you can get your items put back in the refrigerator right away.

While we advise eating or throwing out things like ice cream that melts quickly. When moving locally the rest of the food items are typically fine during the short ride to get to your new home.

Moving is a great time to check the date on your condiments and throw out anything that has expired. How often do you check the dates on the items we tend to store in the fridge?

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