Packing liquids is, unfortunately, an inevitable task that one cannot avoid. These liquids can include cleaning supplies and bathroom products. The general rule is to move as few liquids as possible. Unopened containers containing liquids are generally okay as long as they are not flammable or toxic. Depending on the type of liquid you pack, it can often result in a dangerous situation if not handled correctly. To prevent such disastrous possibilities, take the following precautions and you’re all good to go!

First, you’ve got to assess the risk of moving these items. Is it worth the risk, especially on a long-distance move, to move these items that might spill and ruin other belongings? There is also the cost associated with moving these liquids. You’ll want to check with the moving company with regards to whatever state/federal regulations might exist regarding your route.

The liquids that can be packed are usually those that are stored in factory-sealed containers. This is to prevent spills and leaks during the moving process. When packing most liquids, tape the top of the bottle and its surrounding areas or put the container in a sealed plastic bag. Make sure the lids are secured on tight. It’s best to wrap these bottles in paper in case there is a spill, then the paper would absorb any liquids that spill during the move. While wine bottles aren’t dangerous, they are fragile. When packing wine (opened or unopened), make sure to provide ample tissue paper for when you put the wine bottles in boxes. Put all liquids in plastic bins and not cardboard boxes vertically. In case of a spill, a cardboard box situation can produce nightmarish results. When moving the bins, place all of the containers on an upright position.

In terms of what not to pack, there are certain liquids which are not permissible. They can be potentially explosive or flammable. Such liquids include nail polish, paints, propane, and corrosive materials. Of course, there are other potentially harmful chemicals which should not be moved at all. These include rubbing alcohol, pool chemicals and fire extinguishers. During the transporting process, in order to make sure the moving company has all the boxes vertically places in the vans, have the boxes labelled “this side up” or draw arrows up indicating which side the box should stand. You might even want to leave the top of the box open so the movers know automatically what’s in the box and might even place it under a table or between two stable structures. If you leave an open top box, the movers should know what they are dealing with.

When faced with the dilemma of whether or not you should transport your liquids, consider whether it is more expensive paying for the moving fees over buying a replacement for the new location. To be on the safe side, always ask the moving company ahead of time to provide you a list of items they will not move for you. For these items, you’ll just have to take them with you in the same car. Good luck with your move!