5 Tips for Moving with Food Storage

Posted onFebruary 26, 2015 by Arrow Moving & Storage

Rows and rows of canned goods can give you peace of mind-at least until you consider trying to move them. Emergency food storage is a smart safety measure that protects your family from economic hardship and some of the threats of natural disasters. But there’s no denying it’s bulky, heavy, and tricky to move.

When you face this challenge, use the tips outlined below to make the transition smooth and prevent you from having to start from scratch after your move.

1. Check Your Mover’s Restrictions

Plenty of people move successfully on their own, but if you have a significant amount of food storage you’ll want to partner with a professional mover. In addition to their years of experience, they have equipment to handle bigger loads than you could pack and haul on your own. But, most movers have some restrictions on what they’ll move. These may include:

  • Items: Some movers won’t transport fuel, like propane. Some don’t accept food of any kind. Make sure you know what the company will move so you can take care of anything they can’t.
  • Size and Weight: If you’re moving with a storage pod or lots of boxes, many companies won’t take containers over a specified weight. Some movers also can’t accommodate items that exceed a designated height or width, like shelves.

2. Leave Behind Items You Can Easily Replace

It can be hard to part with food items you paid for and spent time organizing. But, when you’re relocating, it’s important to keep things in perspective. If you’ll be able to replace the item for little to no expense in your new town, why pay to move it?

Before you leave, empty your water storage and donate any items you can part with. This should include any opened packages as these may spill or spoil in transit.

3. Pack Wisely

Bins and large cans can be unwieldy. Packing wisely makes the process easier on your movers and ensures you’ll be able to settle in quickly. Here are some packing ideas:

  • Leave packaged cans in their boxes. If some of your cans are already organized, don’t take them out of their containers.
  • Don’t remove boxes from shelves. Instead, use industrial wrap to secure items to their individual shelves to economize your space. If you’re concerned about privacy, use darkly colored wrap.
  • Use plastic bins as a catch-all for other food storage items. Heavy-duty bins are more manageable than, say, a handful of burlap sacks and cans.

4. Plan for Where Your Storage Will Go in Your New Home

Before you leave, think about where your storage will go once you’ve moved. You may decide to use the same space you do in your current home. But there may be a more efficient space. Consider options like these:

  • In the basement. Moving from a one-story house to one with a basement? Move your storage down to open up space for other items in the main part of the house.
  • In the garage. In some climates, garage storage saves space in the home and safely preserves food.
  • Under a bed. This will work especially well in a guest room that receives infrequent use.

5. Shop in Your Storage Before Moving

Most people keep food storage for emergency situations and avoid “shopping” from the stockpile. Before a move, evaluate your food storage. If you have items that will be difficult to move, consider serving them as pre-move meals. This will reduce your load and can help you save time and money during and after the move.

Use these tips to make moving your food storage a doable project instead of an insurmountable challenge.

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