Spring Cleaning Series: How to Pack Food for Your Move

When it comes to residential moving, the kitchen is one of the trickiest rooms to pack. Not only do you have to pack your furniture, pots and pans, and other important items, you also have to figure out what to do with your food.

Image of food in the refrigerator. Read our food packing tips for your Cleveland or Columbus residential move.

Use Up Your Perishable Food Items

Try to plan your meals around what you have left in your fridge and freezer. That way you won’t be spending money on perishable foods that you may have to throw out on moving day. This means that you might have to get a little creative with your recipes, but soups, salads, and other meals can help you use up plenty of perishable ingredients without adding too much to your fridge or pantry.

Make Sure That Food Will Travel Well

Depending on your situation, you may be able to transport some cold or frozen foods to your new home. First off, you’ll have to be moving to a place that’s not too far from your old residence. Long-distance moving trips aren’t very kind to perishable foods. You’ll also need to have a full-functional fridge and freezer already working at your new home. A cooler packed with ice and freezer packs can only fend off the inevitable for so long.


If your food won’t be able to make it through the trip, use what you can and dispose of the rest. It’s not fun dealing with food that’s gone bad. It’s even worse when you have to deal with it right after you moved into your new home.

Seal Opened Containers

There’s a good chance that you’ll have a few open boxes or partially-filled containers that may spill during travel. Things like flour and sugar can be put into heavy-duty sealable containers that will prevent everything from pouring all over the place. Partial boxes of things like pasta or even your salt and pepper shakers can be taped closed to keep them from causing problems if they fall over in a moving box.

Don’t Pack too Heavy

Canned goods and other food items can be heavy. Packing too many of these items can make for a difficult moving experience. Use smaller boxes for canned and boxed foods so that they never get too unmanageable.


Heavy items aren’t only a threat to your arms. Fragile items such as bread or boxes of noodles could potentially be crushed by a rogue can of beans or tomato sauce, so separate these items into different containers. Also, pack everything securely so that cans, jars, and boxes can’t slide around during the trip. Your kitchen towels can make for a great buffer if you need it.

Get Ready for Your Residential Move

Your food is just one part of the packing process. Moving requires a lot of work and can get pretty overwhelming without help. Andrews Moving is a family-owned professional moving company in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio  that can help you make your move a smooth process. Give us a call at 888-711-5957 or contact us online today.

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