Knowing how to pack purchases is an essential skill, whether for the employee of a commercial establishment or for the customer. It is necessary to know what type of bag to use, how to pack heavier items, soft foods, glass jars, and chemical products, avoiding accidents and ensuring efficient transportation of purchases. No more crumpled bread, broken eggs, and leaking liquids! Master the art of packing groceries and end this nightmare.
Part 1 of 3: Choosing the Grocery Bag Type
Step 1. Choose a reusable shopping bag if you care about firmness
Reusable shopping bags can be made from fabric or recyclable plastic. They are more durable than paper bags or plastic bags, as well as being more spacious. Many establishments are no longer using disposable bags, and several cities around the world have already banned the use of plastic bags in favor of the environment.
- Polypropylene and polyethylene are types of recyclable plastics that are cheap to produce, durable, resistant to chemicals, and can be made from recyclable materials.
- Reusable shopping bags can also be made from hemp, jute, cotton, chintz, and general scraps of cloth. All these materials are resistant and durable.
- Clean reusable shopping bags frequently as they can become contaminated with bacteria from meat and fruit. Put them in the washing machine or wash them in the laundry tub.
Step 2. Use plastic bags for convenience
Plastic bags are still the most convenient method of packing and transporting products, as most of the time stores offer them for free. Also, they take up less space than paper bags.
- In some places plastic bags are not given away but sold.
- Although plastic bags have a negative impact on the environment, they can be reused in future purchases, or in home trash.
Step 3. Use paper bags for their shape and structure
The smooth underside of the paper bags facilitates the process of packing groceries by weight. They are made so that items can be stacked according to size and weight, for example by placing heavier cans on the bottom and fragile foods like eggs on top.
Paper bags are more complicated to reuse as they tear more easily than plastic and fabric. However, they are compostable
Part 2 of 3: Separating the Products
Step 1. Put items from the same section together
It's a good idea to classify goods into four broad groups: general pantry items, meats, frozen or cold products, and produce items. It is very important to separate fruits and vegetables from cold and frozen products by placing them in separate bags. Start grouping in the shopping cart or at the time of passing products through the conveyor belt, if possible. This will make it easier to know how many bags will be needed to pack each group.
- Separating goods by type of food reduces the risk of food contamination.
- Placing cold and frozen items together helps keep the temperature low and makes it easier to store groceries so that refrigerated items are first unpacked and can be put away as quickly as possible.
Step 2. Separate raw food from the rest to avoid contamination
Place raw meats in separate bags as they tend to leak. Fresh meat and pasta should be kept separate from ready-to-eat foods such as nuts, beverages, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, yogurts and baked goods.
Put the eggs in a bag that is different from any food that is eaten raw, as they can break
Step 3. Pack chemicals separately
Personal care products (such as deodorants and hair care products), cleaning products (such as bleach and air fresheners) and items such as batteries must be packaged separately so as not to contaminate food products. It is possible to get sick when eating fruits and vegetables that have been in contact with bleach and detergent, for example. Therefore, it is extremely important to pack them separately.
Part 3 of 3: Packing the Goods Correctly
Step 1. Distribute heavy items in several bags
Avoid putting too many glass jars and cans in the same bag as it can tear or even become too heavy to carry. Ideally, fill each bag with some heavy items and some light items.
- Do not exceed 6.5 kg per bag.
- Put a maximum of six cans per bag, depending on size, as more than that can cause the bag to tear.
- Limit yourself to four glass jars per bag.
Step 2. Place lighter items on top of heavier ones
The bag needs to have a structure, with cans and heavier items at the base. Food in boxes should be placed on top, along the sides, creating a wall.
Medium sized products, such as oat crates or rice bags, should go in the middle, on top of the tins. Foods that can be easily crushed or crushed, such as fruits, breads, eggs, and some types of cookies, should be on top of heavier items
Step 3. Place the glass containers in the middle of the cans to reduce the risk of breakage
Placing glass bottles next to each other can cause them to break. The cans will support the glass, minimizing the chance of damage.
- Use paper cup or cardboard gloves (if available), or even the folded paper bags themselves, to wrap the bottles and place them side by side, reducing the risk of breakage. The paper or cardboard will act as a buffer, protecting against impact.
- Use two bags whenever necessary. Placing one bag inside the other before packing the products increases strength, allowing you to put more items and more weight.
Step 4. Pay attention to what doesn't need to be packed
Toilet paper packages, large bags of feed, and crates of soda most often do not fit into bags and can be transported in their original packaging. Many toilet paper packages even come with their own handles from the factory.
Do not put large items such as crates of milk and soda in bags. They must be carried in their original packaging. Some products in economical packaging do not need to be placed in bags either, as they already come with a handle
Step 5. Place groceries in the cart carefully
When placing groceries in the cart, follow the same rules as when packing the goods. Place heavier items on the base or sides. Bags with delicate items should go on top, with some products supported in the middle.
Be careful when placing purchases on the back seat next to child seats. It's important to make sure they don't fall on the child
- As a general rule, place food that will be cooked and food that will be consumed as-is in separate bags.
- Remember to store perishables such as meat and dairy products in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Bacteria can reach dangerous levels in just two hours at room temperature. Consider using a cooler with ice cubes if you need to leave food for more than an hour in the car.