The weather’s nice, the kids are out of school, and there may be vacation time available. It’s “moving season” for many people!
This summer, several of my adult children are moving….wait, make that all of them. In the case of two of them, their spouse graduated and they are moving for a new job; two others are moving for a better house and neighborhood, and one is embarking on a long vacation. Wow! There’s a whole lotta movin’ going on! As they’ve gotten packed and moved, one issue they’ve had to take into consideration is their food storage. This might seem strange, when there is so much else to worry about, like which pieces of furniture they love enough to take with them across the country in a trailer or moving van, or what they want badly enough to pay to store while they are out of the country. But you’ve invested a lot in your food storage, and there are things to think about when you’re moving from one house or apartment to another.
Old House vs. New House – First, before your move, think about where your storage items will be put in the new house. For most of us, it will go right back to where it has been…under a bed, or in a closet under the stairs, or in the basement. But if you get to choose a new house, maybe there is a better place for it in one house over another?
Storage Needs? – Will your move be a quick one, local or from one spot to another, without a need for storage? If so, that’s great, but other people have long distance moves with a van or a container/pod or some other type of storage involved on one end or the other. If you do have a storage issue, be sure to think through if your food storage items will be alright in higher temperatures. Generally speaking, food storage items prefer to be kept in regular room temperatures. If you would be comfortable, so would your food. If you aren’t sure, check the packages of what you’re storing – for eFoods, 100 degrees Fahrenheit or less is alright, though 70 degrees Fahrenheit or less is recommended. If you have a lot of storage items that need to be kept in a narrow temperature range, consider renting a temperature-controlled storage facility. Otherwise, perhaps you are ready to “gift” someone else with some food storage items before your move – perhaps a relative or a good friend would be grateful for an addition to or a jumpstart for their preparations.
Weighty Matters – Take into consideration the weight of your food storage. If you are using moving containers or pods, these have a weight limit, due to the equipment used to move the containers. Each company has their own sizes and weight limits. If you are pulling a trailer behind your car, there will still be weight limits to consider. If you are using a moving van, the weight limits will be more liberal.
More is Better? – For some time, you’ve been building up your supplies. If you are staying put, no problem. But if you are moving, you might consider whether it is worth it to move all those buckets of wheat (for example). There are usually people in your neighborhood or church who would be happy for anything you aren’t taking along.
Fuels – Many people prepare for emergencies by having a propane tank, gasoline, or other potentially volatile fuel sources. However, propane tanks usually cannot be shipped or moved very easily, so check into that before trying to take one with you. If you are storing another form of fuel, be careful and investigate thoroughly so that you are safe.
Choices – Some items might be worth giving away before you move, like open packages of food, food that can be easily replaced, or even water jugs that would take up a lot of space. Obviously, if you choose to take water jugs, empty them first…in the garden, to water houseplants, to feed pets, to flush the toilet…you get the idea. No point in moving things that can be easily and cheaply replaced.
Moving is a lot of work! Even when you are moving to a better circumstance and it’s a good move – better house, better schools,more opportunity, etc. – it’s just plain hard! Make it a little easier on yourself by only taking what you really need from your food storage, and then replace what you need to once you’re settled in your new home. Keep it at a temperature that will preserve the nutritional value. And try to plan a bit more space for your food storage in your new home – you know you want to!