If you’ve been through the rest of our moving guide, moving tips, and packing guide, then you’ve found some great tips, tricks and other useful information to help you with your packing and move but did you know there’s an entire list of items that you should know not to pack? Read this section before doing your own packing and loading.
It is important that you understand which items you can and cannot ship. There are rules and regulations that govern all movers to help ensure safety. There are also items you should not pack yourself, for example you may need professionals to pack up your exercise equipment correctly.
The following list serves as a guide only on what not to pack. If you have any specific questions contact your mover.
Flammable, corrosive or explosive items:
Acid / Gasoline Poisons / Charcoal / Lighter Fluid Fertilizer / Paints / Car Batteries / Matches Nail Polish & Remover / Ammunition / Liquid Bleach / Stern Aerosols / Kerosene / Pool Chemicals / Chemistry Sets Fireworks / Pesticides / Motor Oil / Paint Thinner Batteries / Loaded Weapons / Weed Killer / Ammonia Lamp Oil / Propane Tanks / Cleaning Fluid
Dispose of perishables such as food and plants that may die or spoil in transit. You should empty your refrigerator and freezers for at least 24 hours before loading.
Keep the appliance doors open so the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.
The moving company may agree to transport perishables if they are properly packed and require no servicing in transit and the shipment delivery is less than 150 miles and within 24 hours.
Some articles are not accepted for transportation. The moving company assumes no responsibility should these items come into his/her possession without his/her knowledge.
Although these articles do not create a physical threat, it can create problems if your shipment is delayed or items lost. This can be avoided if all irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with you.
For example: Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes Air Line Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums Car Keys Furs Research Projects Bond /Deeds/Tax Records / School Records Check Books / Jewelry / Sterling Silver Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection Computer Software/Disks / Medicine
Are there items that you shouldn’t back that we missed in our list above? Please share them in the comments below.