Do you shudder when you think about squished bananas?
There’s no need to cry over spilt milk!
In this post, I offer a few tips on how to pack a grocery bag.
Packing a grocery bag the right way can prevent food from being bruised or damaged in transit.
Pre-sort items on the conveyor belt.
You can save yourself some time and effort by pre-sorting groceries at the conveyor belt.
All you have to do is load heavier items towards the front of the conveyor belt.
This not only allows you to pack bags faster, but it allows you to start building foundations for several grocery bags at once.
Pack in layers.
The golden rule of grocery bag packing is heavy items on the bottom, lighter items on top.
If you need a helpful visual, you’ll pack canned goods on the bottom, and would place items such as eggs, or bread, on top.
You can expand this golden rule into layers, by providing sturdy vertical structures throughout the bag.
Here’s a sample list of layers keep in mind:
- Lower Layer (heavy items) – canned goods, potatoes, apples, carrots, pineapples, large bottled beverages, and heavy boxed goods
- Middle Layer (midweight items) – medium and small boxed goods and jars, hard vegetables, and leafy vegetables in plastic bags with indeterminate shapes
- Top Layer (light items) – anything that might mush and anything that goes crunch such as: eggs, bread, bananas, marshmallows, soft fruits like peaches or plums, tomatoes, chips, crackers, and cookies
Use available structures for bag reinforcement.
The average shopping cart is filled with a variety of geometric shapes.
These include: rectangular blocks and square boxes (cereal, boxed mixes, facial tissues), cylinders (cans, jars), spheres (apples, oranges, melons), and oblong shapes (bananas, pineapples).
Use these shapes and structures to help set up sturdy foundations in a bag. Stand items upright as much as possible to help create structure and prevent potential spillage.
For example, you can set up a series of tall cereal boxes next to a bunch of bananas, or use a bag of apples to cradle leafy vegetables, and so on.
Now to you…Do you have any methods for packing grocery bags? Will you try any of the suggestions listed above? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!