How To Pack Spices For Moving

How To Pack Spices For Moving

We know moving can be pretty hectic. It’s time-consuming, challenging, and just plain hard. That goes double for the kitchen and everything in it.

Yet, what if we told you we’ve prepared a guide to help make things a tad bit easier for you. Today, we’re going to tell you how to pack spices for moving in six easy steps.

Let’s get to it!

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How to Pack Spices for Moving in 6 Easy Steps

Spice Jars

Use our tried-and-true packing tricks to make sure your spices survive the move in one piece.

We have to mention that movers won’t transport any type of food or seasonings. These are things that can easily attract insects and other pests.

Also, there’s a chance that the spices can damage your other goods. So, movers put them on their list of things they won’t move just to be on the safe side.

The only way you’re going to take those spice jars to your new home is if you transport them yourself. So, to make sure they stay well-protected during the move, follow these six steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Material

Here are the materials you’ll need to safely pack up all your spice containers:

  • Masking tape
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Tissue paper or plastic wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent black marker

Step 2: Clean Out Your Pantry

Spices in the Pantry

Sort everything out by expiration date as well as nearly-empty containers. Likewise, check to see if any spices have lost their flavor or have gone stale. You should probably throw these out as well.

Empty whatever you don’t need in the trash. Then, recycle the containers accordingly.

Step 3: Seal Spice Containers and Shakers

If you have any unopened spice jars, then you can breathe a sigh of relief. Those will be the easiest to pack.

Opened packages, however, will need to be sealed shut before packing them away. Use masking tape and cover the tops of each container.

Even if it has a cap. Make sure it’s tightly screwed on. Then cover with masking tape.

Salt and pepper shakers should be covered with tape to cover the holes. You can also place each jar in a thick resealable plastic bag to make sure they don’t spill and damage other items.

Step 4: Wrap Each Container with Plastic Wrap

Once you’ve taped them all up, it’s time to wrap each one. This ensures that none of the jars or bottles break or crack during the move.

Plus, it protects your other belongings from spills and stains. Removing spice stains and scents can be extremely difficult. So, take a few extra moments to wrap everything up in plastic wrap or tissue paper.

Step 5: Place All Spice Containers in a Box or Pot

Place everything in a small box. It can be either cardboard or a plastic box with a sealable lid, depending on what you have available.

Make sure it’s the right size. If it’s too small, the spice containers could shatter. If it’s too big, there will be too much room for the jars to slide around during the move.

Once you’ve found the right-sized box, place a layer of packing paper on the bottom before arranging the spice jars inside. Then, stuff bits of paper around all the jars. Don’t forget to add some to the sides of the box to protect the containers and make sure they stay in place.

You can also use pieces of crumpled newspaper or cut-up pages from old magazines. The point is to minimize any empty spaces inside the box so the containers don’t come in contact with one another.

Another option is to place spice jars in large pots. This way, you’re not taking up extra space and it’s a gre at way to reduce the risk of a mess in the process.

Step 6: Secure and Label the Box

If you’re carrying your spices in a cardboard box, you have to close it shut using packing tape. Even if they’re in a plastic box with a lid, it wouldn’t hurt to tape it up as well. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

How about if the spices are in a pot? The first thing you’ll do is cover the pot with the lid. Then, place it in a cardboard box and seal the box shut with packing tape.

Finally, it’s time to label the box. Using a black permanent marker, write ‘Kitchen: spices’ on all sides of the box.


Use our guide on how to pack spices for moving. The tips and tricks we mentioned will save you lots of time and energy. Not only that, but they can help make your move quick and hassle-free.

Then, once you’re settled in, you can use your favorite species to make your first home-cooked meal. There’s no better way to ease the transition and make you feel right at home in your new place!


I've been a college coach for going on 20 years now and that career has led Jen and I on quite the journey. We've lived in 7 different states and have moved a dozen different times. We've learned A LOT over the course of all those moves and we want to pass on our knowledge to help others going through the moving process.

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