items to refrain from packing during a move

What Not to Pack When Moving

Before your belongings are packed and loaded, please take some time to look over the items that we cannot put on a truck or in a box so that you know what not to pack when moving.

Hazardous and perishable materials are not allowed and we recommend that you keep sentimental or personally important items with you.

Hazardous Materials Not To Pack When Moving

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal/Lighter Fluid
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Firewood
  • Fuels/Gasoline
  • Batteries (including Lithium-ion)
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Loaded Guns
  • Matches
  • Nail Polish/Remover
  • Oils (Motor, Lamp, etc.)
  • Paint Thinners
  • Paints/Varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Sterno Fuel
  • Weed Killer

If you are unsure of how to dispose of items that are not allowed in your shipment, we recommend visiting to help you find appropriate recycling centers in your neighborhood.


Perishables Not to Pack When Moving:

  • Food without Adequate Preservation
  • Frozen Foods
  • Open or Half-used Foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated Foods

NOTE: You should empty out and clean your refrigerators and freezers, unplug them and keep appliance doors open for at least 48 hours in advance of loading. Wipe dry any excess water. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent mold from growing.


Personal Importance/Sentimental Value Items:

  • Address Books
  • Airline Tickets
  • Car Titles
  • Cash/Credit Cards
  • Cell Phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer Data Files/Backups
  • Family Photographs & Albums
  • Financial Documents (Stocks, Bonds, CDs, IRAs, Deeds, Tax Records, etc.)
  • Home Videos
  • Insurance Policies
  • Jewelry and Furs
  • Keys (Car, Safety Deposit Box, Furniture, New Home)
  • Laptop Computers
  • Medical/Dental Records
  • New Home Documents
  • Passport
  • Prescription Medicine
  • Professional Files/Research Projects
  • School Records


Advisory on Candles: The majority of the time candles are moved without incident. However, long exposure to higher temperatures in transit and/or storage could cause candles to melt or become misshaped. Please consider this when packing and evaluating your items for transit and/or storage.

Advisory on Hoverboards: We are not authorized to transport self-balancing scooters, popularly called hoverboards, without the removal of the lithium-ion batteries. It is the owner’s responsibility to remove the batteries. If the batteries are not or cannot be removed, prior to moving day, we will not be able to transport them


Thinking of Moving?

Download and print this checklist so you keep it at hand and know what not to pack when moving.

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