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Properly Packing Your Wine Bottles So They Don't Break In Transit

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If you are moving from one home to another, and you enjoy collecting wine from different vineyards or eras, chances are you will want to bring along your prized possessions. Since wine is kept inside breakable glass, the utmost care needs to be taken in their transport to keep your investment safe. Many people hire moving services specializing wine collection moving, as they have the proper cooling capabilities within their trucks. Here are some tips to use when packing up your wine cellar stock so it stays in the best condition while in transit to your new home.

Materials You Will Need

  • New cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard section dividers
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Marker
  • Labels

Organize Your Collection First

If you have your wine bottles housed in a specific order within your wine cellar, you will most likely want to keep like items together so they can be transferred to new cabinets easily upon arrival at your new home. Separate your wine by type, brand, or year beforehand so you can place similar items in the same box, making it easier to set up your collection later.

Prepare Each Bottle Carefully

Place some packing paper down on a table and line up a wine bottle side-down centered with one corner of the paper. Tape the corner to the middle of the bottle and roll the bottle so the paper wraps itself around the bottle during the process. When the bottle is completely covered, cut the packing paper and tape the end to the paper-rolled bottle.

Fold the ends and tape to the wrapped bottle to completely enclose it. Mold the paper to the neck of the bottle by squeezing the paper around it. For more protection, use two or three pieces of packing paper. Write any specifics about the wine bottle right on the paper with a marker so you know which bottle is enclosed.

Box With Proper Protection

Obtain some cardboard inserts from a local wine or beer store in your area. These can be slid into cardboard boxes, separating each bottle from each other. Use new cardboard boxes to house your wine bottles rather than boxes that may have lost some of their corrugation protection due to previous use. Remember that wine bottles are very heavy, so smaller boxes would work best. Twelve bottles of wine would weigh approximately 35 pounds.

Place a piece of bubble wrap along the bottom of a cardboard box. Slide in the cardboard insert. Place each bottle into one of the empty sections in the insert. Use packing peanuts to fill any voids around bottles, especially at the neck area. If the section seem especially large, wrap pieces of bubble wrap around each packaged bottle before sliding them into the spaces. Close the box and use packing tape to secure.

For more information, contact Bekins Van Lines Inc or a similar company.