Many people don’t think about the food in their kitchens when planning for a move. The way you pack food for a move is important. Perishables, or foods that require refrigeration, should be cleared from the kitchen as early as possible. Items like meats, fruits, vegetables, and milk can become rotten and spoiled if allowed to rest on the back of a moving truck for too long. Instead of throwing this food out, it can be donated to neighbors, family members, or community shelters in the local area. To reduce the amount of food that will have to be discarded before a move, anyone with a move scheduled within the next 30 days should stop shopping at the local market and begin planning meals around the food already in their home. If a trip to the market is required, only the essentials should be purchased.
Non-perishable items, like pantry goods that don’t require refrigeration, may be packed depending on their expiration date. Care will have to be taken to ensure that every item which is stored is also properly sealed. Boxed foods, like cereals and dry pastas, may be sealed with tape around the original wrapping or in airtight re-sealable plastic bags.
On any move that will last longer than 24 hours, or when long term storage will be required, moving clients should aim to remove all of the food from their homes before moving day. Even non-perishables can attract rodents or become unusable in excessive climate conditions. Instead of risking having to throw food out when it’s time to unpack, it is best not to pack the food in the first place and attempt to consume or donate the food before moving day.
During the 30 days before a move, when families are only purchasing the essentials from supermarkets, any money not spent at the supermarket should be saved to apply to the first shopping trip in the new home. With less food to pack, moving clients will be able to save money on their move by reducing the overall weight of their shipment while increasing the amount of usable floor space on their moving truck or in their storage container.