How to Pack Wine and/or Liquor in Pictures

Box of wine
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    Take Inventory

    Man giving friends bottle of wine
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    First, check your inventory and determine what you really want to keep before you start packing. Liquor and wine bottles are heavy and if you're paying per pound to move them, consider what is worth moving and what isn't.

    If you can't take it all with you, think about giving away some bottles to friends as goodbye-gifts or hosting a farewell dinner.

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    Use a Divider

    Use a Divider
    The divider should fit the box.

    Use a divided/cell box that you can get free from a specialty wine shop or liquor store, or purchase a cell kit from a moving store. Use smaller boxes so they are easy to lift and carry.

    NOTE: Make sure the box you're using is tall enough to allow for the tallest bottle to be wrapped in paper. The wrapping, whether you use bubble wrap or paper, will add an inch or more.

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    Tape the Bottom of the Box

    Taping the Bottom
    Use good quality packing tape.

    Secure your box well. Tape the bottom and/or reinforce it by lining the inside bottom with cardboard. Check your box to make sure it will hold the weight. Don't use a box that is worn.

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    Use Several Sheets of Packing Paper

    Plain Packing Paper
    Packing bubbles will work, too.

    Place a stack of plain packing paper on the working surface.

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    Secure Any Opened Bottles

    Tighten the Cap
    Make sure the bottle doesn't leak.

    If you're packing opened bottles, ensure they are properly sealed by tightening the caps. If caps cannot be secured, leave the bottles behind.

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    Begin Wrapping

    Start at One Corner
    Start at one corner.

    Place a bottle on its side at an angle to the corner of the top sheet of paper. Leave enough room at the corner to be able to start wrapping the bottle.

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    Roll the Bottle Along the Paper

    Start Rolling the Bottle
    Keep the paper tight as you roll.

    Select two to three sheets of paper and wrap it around the bottle, rolling the bottle as you push forward.

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    Tuck the Paper in as You Roll

    Tuck Edges In
    Keep edges tucked in as you roll.

    Wrap the ends of the paper into the roll as you go. For wine bottles, mold the bottle's neck as you roll to ensure it's tightly wrapped.

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    Tape the Ends

    Tape the Bottle
    Tape the wrapped bottle well.

    Secure the wrapping with tape and make sure there are no loose ends.

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    Place Wine in Box

    Place Wine in Box
    Make sure the box is tall enough to accommodate the bottle and wrapping.

    Finally, place the bottle into the box. If there's any space or gaps between the bottle and the divider, fill it with paper or bubble wrap.

    Fill the box with the rest of the bottles, making sure that the box isn't too heavy. Tape the top of the box and mark it appropriately (kitchen or Bar / wine / fragile).