Items Not to Pack


We always recommend that if it is possible to try to use professional moving companies and professional packers for you move. However, if you do choose to do your own packing and loading, we recommend that you read this section on packing before you begin. There are certain items that cannot be shipped due to rules and regulations, and there are certain items that you may need a professional to pack, such as exercise equipment.

The following list serves as a guide on what not to pack. Your professional mover will be able to answer any specific questions.

Flammables, corrosives and explosives:

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

Foods and perishables:
Dispose of perishables such as food and plants that may die or spoil in transit. Empty your refrigerator and freezer at least twenty-four hours before moving. Keep the appliance doors open so the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold. An open box of baking soda will help control odor.

The van line agent or moving company representative may agree to transport perishables if they are properly packed and require no servicing in transit. In most cases the agent will not transport perishables if the shipment delivery is more than 150 miles or will have a duration of twenty-four hours or more.

Irreplaceable items:
The moving company assumes no responsibility if irreplaceable or sentimental items come into his/her possession without his/her knowledge. Transporting these items with the mover can create problems if your shipment is delayed or the items lost. It is best to keep irreplaceable and sentimental items with you during transit. Here are some examples:

Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes
Airline Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums
Car Keys / Furs / Research Projects
Bonds /Deeds /Tax Records / School Records
Checkbooks / Jewelry / Sterling Silver
Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection
Computer Software /Disks
Prescription Medicine
Personal identification, including passport