What To Do With Your Food When Moving – Food Packing Tips for Removals

food packing tips for removals

In addition to your furniture, personal belongings, clothes and other items, food in your pantry, fridge, freezer and storeroom will need to be moved with you. Interstate removalists can assist with and help you move your food to your destination. As movers Melbourne, we have seen that some people prefer to move only non-perishable items and dispose of or consume any perishable items prior to the move to make the transition easy. Others, who may have acquired too many perishable items that cannot be wasted will need to consider how the food will be packed and moved safely and securely.

Moving food is not a difficult task and requires additional planning and consideration. Many people have successfully moved frozen, refrigerated and other perishable items without concern using interstate removalists Melbourne. It is essential that you have the right storage containers and cool compartment equipment available so that the foodstuffs can remain cold and sealed during transit. Non-perishable items are easy to move especially if they have not been opened. For the non-perishable items that have been opened, ensure that the packet, box or container is sealed tight so that the contents do not fall out or become affected due to exposure to the environment.

Here are a few tips to help you move food items successfully.

1. Be reasonable

Unlike moving your belongings and possessions, you cannot move all food items in the same manner. Perishable, refrigerated and frozen items will need to be handled with care so that they do not expire. If you do not believe that you can transport your food items in a safe and secure manner from a health perspective, you should consider consuming the item before you move or disposing the items responsibly.

2. Invest in reliable storage containers

Pack all your food items in reliable storage containers so that they are easy to handle during the move. Having items in packets, bags, boxes, glass jars, containers and the like can make the food items hard to carry and susceptible to breakage or contamination if the food leaks or spills. Avoid any messes or damage by using secure and reliable contains that stack well and are easy to label.

3. Have a cool compartment

A cool compartment like an esky is an important piece of equipment to have. During the transition, you can temporarily store cold items in the compartment so that they remain cold for the duration of the move. There are many types of cool equipment available so check which one is suitable for your needs and requirements so that your food does not spoil.

4. Connect fridge and freezer on the same day

If you can connect a fridge and/or freezer at your destination, this will help you unload your cool food items on the same day and avoid any spoilage. If you can reasonably foresee that you will not have these appliances connected on the same day, you will need to store your food items in a cool compartment. Make sure you check that the cool compartment can keep food items cool for the time period you require.

5. Consume prior to the move

A great tip is to consume the food you have prior to the move and avoid purchasing too much food prior to the move. This will mean that you have less items to transport and can focus on other aspects of the move rather than taking care of food items. Perishable, frozen and refrigerated items should be consumed (if possible) because if a cool compartment is not available then these food items may not last the journey.

At Dawson Moving & Storage, we offer customisable quotes, end-to-end solutions, a team of experienced removalists and fleet of reliable equipment. We can help complete your move smoothly with less headache. If you require further information about our services, or want to make a booking, contact us on 1800 066 846.

Food Packing Tips for Removals FAQs

Question: How do you move a refrigerated item?

Answer: To move a refrigerated item, you want to ensure that during transit the temperature is the same as the fridge. Using an esky or other cool compartment with an ice pack is advisable. Depending on the volume of items, you may require multiple ice packs to keep temperatures low. You will need to check with the device to assess for how long the items will stay cold.

Question: Can you move food from fridge to freezer?

Answer: You can move food from your fridge to your freezer. Most foods can be stored frozen. However, if you need to consume the food from your freezer, is it not advisable to thaw the entire lot of food and then re-freeze the remainder. To avoid this complication, store food in a freezer in consumable portions so that you only take out what you require.

Question: What do you do with the food in the fridge when you move it?

Answer: If you need to move a fridge, make sure that you completely empty and clean the fridge. Store all refrigerated food items in an esky that has ice bricks inside to keep the temperatures low. Once the fridge is installed at the destination on the same day, you can place the items back inside the fridge. If the fridge will not be installed for a couple of days, your perishable items may not last.

Question: Should I pack food first when moving?

Answer: Food should always be packed prior to moving. Non-perishable items may not require packaging because the packaging would be intact if the item has not been opened. For opened non-perishable foods, make sure you seal it properly and store in a container. Perishable items should be handled with extreme care, especially if they require refrigeration. If possible, try to move as little perishable food as possible to avoid risks to health.

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