Items You Shouldn’t Pack

Certain items are not suitable to be moved, and the moving companies will often refuse to pack, move or store these items because of their dangerous compositions. If you would like to bring any of the following items with you on your move, it may be helpful to ship them to your new home. Moving companies will often refuse to move hazardous materials, perishable items, or valuable belongings. Let the following moving check list guide you to see if you are planning to move any items that are not approved.

Hazardous Substances

Corrosive, explosive, flammable or otherwise dangerous materials like the following should not be packed. Dispose of all of the items on this moving check list or arrange for different transportation to avoid damage to your possessions.

  • Liquid bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline
  • Lamp Oil
  • Matches
  • Car Batteries
  • Fertilizer
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Weed Killer
  • Propane Tanks
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Paint Thinner
  • Motor Oil
  • Loaded Guns
  • Pool Chemicals

Personal Items of Value

Certain items that are of sentimental value or have some significant importance should not be packed. Make sure that these items on your moving check list are packed safely in your car or in your carry on items.

  • Valuable jewelry
  • Securities
  • Family Photographs
  • Wills
  • Collections of stamps or other similar collectible items
  • Cash
  • Furs

Perishable Food Items

Avoid packing food items that are perishable, as they can decay and may spoil while the movers are in route to your new home. Use this moving check list to ensure that you properly dispose of these items or donate them before the move.

  • Frozen or refrigerated foods
  • Food that has been opened or used
  • Produce
  • Meats and cheeses

You should also avoid packing your pets, as the company will not be responsible for your pets during transit. Even pets that don’t require a lot of attention should be packed in a carrier so that they can travel with you during the move. There are many ways to ensure that your pets travel safely, and the first step is to arrange a safe transportation option for them. In the same way, moving companies will often refuse to move your plants. Plants do not fare well in that environment and have a slim chance of surviving in those conditions. If you would like to take your plants with you, make sure to properly store them and travel with them outside of the moving van.