How To Pack Perfume For Moving (In 5 Simple Steps)
Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about packing your perfume collection. If you're like me, you probably have a few favourite fragrances that you can't live without. But how do you pack them so they don't get broken?
In this blog post, we will discuss how to pack your perfume for moving and keep them safe from any damage during moving house or even during a short trip or flight.
Step 1: Sorting your perfume
The very first thing you should do before packing is to sort your perfume collection into categories. This way you will be able to see what fragrances you have and which you definitely want to take with you during a move. Go through your collection and put them into the following categories:
Perfumes that don't get used often: Perfumes that you no longer use frequently are probably best to give away or donate, there's no need to bring clutter with you to your new environment. If the bottle is half used then consider giving it to a friend or family as we'll talk more about below. However, if they are unopened, consider donating them to charity or selling them on sites such as eBay.
Expired Perfumes: Many people forget that perfume has an expiration date. This date is typically when perfume can become less potent and even in some cases start to smell different. Expired perfumes should be disposed of. We'll talk about how to do this properly later on.
Nearly empty perfume bottles: Unless you really feel you cannot part with these, they are best given away to a family member as the effort to transport them probably isn't worth the hassle. If you can't donate the rest of it to a family member of friend then its best to just use up the last bit of the perfume before the move and then dispose or upcycle the bottle.
Your favourite bottles: These perfumes are the ones you'll want to pay the most attention to, you'll want to keep safe and ensure don't break when moving. These can be stored in a small bag you keep on your person or in a handbag so they don't get lost or damaged in cluttered moving boxes. However, if you have a big collection you may want to consider packing them into a box using the tips we'll talk about shortly.
Step 2: Out With The Old, In With The New!
Now that you've sorted your perfumes, we can move on to packing and how to get rid of old bottles that you don't use anymore.
The first step when thinking about packing up your perfumes is to decide what you actually want to take with you. Eliminating certain products you no longer use will create less work for you when packing and less overall stress on moving day! When you have decided what perfumes you no longer need or want, there's a few ways you can get rid of them:
- Donating the perfume: Donating perfume will not only help the environment but also help other people. Many charities accept perfumes, however, if there aren't any nearby then there will surely be a family member or friend that will gladly take it off your hands, especially if it smells nice or was valuable when you bought it!
- Dispose of the perfume: Disposing of perfume isn't as easy as pouring it down the drain and forgetting about it. Doing this will run the risk of contaminating the waterways and causing a very big headache for the next house owners. The proper way to dispose of perfume is through your local household hazardous waste facility where you can dispose of your old perfumes safely.
Either of these options will reduce the amount of perfume you have to take with you, resulting in easier packing and reduced stress.
Step 3: Prepare the perfume
The second step is to actually prepare the perfume for packing. You will want to find a way to protect the perfume during transit, especially if it is in a glass bottle. The best way to do this is by using bubble wrap.
Start by wrapping the neck of the bottle with bubble wrap. This will help keep the lid in place and prevent it from coming loose during transit. Next, take a sheet of bubble wrap and lay it flat on a table or other surface. Place the bottle on top of the bubble wrap and then begin wrapping it up, making sure to cover all sides of the bottle. Once you have wrapped up the perfume bottle, secure it with tape so that it doesn't come undone.
You may also want to consider packing the perfume bottles in a box filled with other bubble wrap, Styrofoam packing pellets or crumpled up newspaper. This will help keep them from moving around during transit and prevent them from breaking.
Step 4: Vacuum Sealing perfume
Although your perfumes are most likely going to be safe in wrapped bubble wrap, you definitely don't want your perfume collection sliding around during moving as they could come lose from the bubble wrap or get lost under/in-between bigger items. This is where vacuum sealing comes into play.
You will want to purchase a vacuum sealer and some vacuum seal bags. These can be found at most home goods stores or online. Simply put your perfume bottle in the bag and seal it shut. This will keep your perfume collection together and make sure they don't get lost during the move!
Packing your perfume for moving doesn't have to be a stressful experience. By following these simple steps, you can rest assured that your favourite fragrances will arrive at your new home safe and sound. So go ahead and start packing up those perfumes!
Step 5: Labelling your perfumes
This step may seem simple, however, labelling is one of the most important parts of packing. You will want to make sure that you label your perfumes with "Fragile" and "This Side Up". However, if you have a lot of perfume, you should also label the box as "Heavy" or something similar. This will ensure that your movers handle the bottles with care and know which way is up. You may also want to include a list of the contents inside the box so that you can easily find what you're looking for when unpacking at your new home. Completing this step will ensure minimal breakages when moving with a moving company due to lack of knowledge.
Tips when moving with a perfume collection
Following the steps above will result in your perfume arriving safe and sound, however there are some other points to keep in mind when moving with your favourite fragrances.
- Make sure to keep your perfumes away from direct sunlight as this can cause the fragrance to deteriorate.
- Store your perfume in a cool, dark place as extreme temperatures can also cause the fragrance to change.
- Keep your perfume out of reach of children and pets as they could easily break the bottles or spill the contents.
Following these simple tips will make sure that your perfume remains in perfect condition when moving, ensuring that when your fragrances show up, they are just how you left them.
How to pack perfume for flight and travel.
Not every move will be as simple as hopping in a car and driving to your new location. Now more then ever, people want to explore the world they live in and are moving much further distances than ever before. However, packaging perfume for a flight is very different to packing for a moving truck. There are different rules and regulations as to what you can bring on board with you and how they must be protected.
When packing perfume for a flight, you are limited to bringing only 100ml of perfume per container. You are also required to place these containers in a clear, plastic, zip-locked bag. This is so that security can see what is inside without having to open the bag and potentially spill your perfume.
In this case, you will want to take your bubble wrapped bottles and place them in your hold luggage if possible. It is important to remember that perfumes are considered a liquid and must be stored accordingly when flying. This means that they must be stored in a container with a lid that screws on tightly, in order to avoid any leaks during transit. If perfume leaks whilst on flight it risks perfume not only leaking but evaporating.
It's also important to keep in mind that airport security may require you to remove your perfume from your luggage so that it can be placed in a tray to go through the x-ray machine. This is why it is important to have your perfume easily accessible and well protected, so that there is no risk of it being damaged or confiscated.
Packing Perfume FAQs
Q: Will a moving company take liquids?
A: Yes, a moving company will take liquids as long as they are properly packed and labelled. Make sure to keep your perfume collection together and label the boxes with "Fragile" and "This Side Up". You may also want to include a list of the contents inside the box for easy reference. Following these simple steps will ensure that your favourite fragrances arrive at your new home safe and sound.
Q: What's the most common way perfume gets damaged when moving?
A: Whilst moving delicate objects will always be more difficult, there are ways you can prevent damage from happening. The most common way perfumes get damaged during moving is a lack of labelling. Labelling a box as "Fragile" or "This way up" means you moving company know to be very careful with that box and ensure its kept the right way up to prevent spillages.
Also, ensuring any space around your perfumes bottles is filled with soft items such as towels, t shirts or bubble wrap will ensure no breakages on your end either, this is another very common way people break their favourite bottles of perfume so learn from their mistakes!
Q: Why can I only take 100ml of perfume on a flight?
A: X-ray and other detection methods mean you are allowed to safely take 100ml of liquids on board a flight. This limit is due to laws to prevent terrorism.
Q: What can I do if a family member doesn't want my old perfume and I cant travel to hazard disposal?
A: If your perfume bottles are empty, you can always put them in recycling! They are glass so they can be recycled like any other bottle. Failing this, you can also upcycle the bottle and turn it into a small vase or spray bottle for plants.
Packing perfume for moving can be a delicate process, but if you follow these simple tips, you can ensure that your favourite fragrances arrive at your new home in perfect condition. Just remember to keep them away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures and out of reach of children and pets. And when travelling by plane, ensure there's no more then 100ml of perfume with you, be sure to pack them in a clear, plastic bag and ensure they have a screw-top to avoid any leaks. Following these guidelines will help you enjoy your favourite scents for years to come. Happy moving!