What Not to Pack

Before your things are packed and loaded, please take some time to look over the items that we cannot put on a truck or in a container. Hazardous and perishable materials are not allowed. And, although they are allowed, we recommend that you keep sentimental or personally important items with you.

Hazardous Items

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Charged scuba tanks
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Fuels/Oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Mineral spirits
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer

Perishables

  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods
  • **If you are moving less than 150 miles and your items will be delivered within 2 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.

Note: You should empty your refrigerator and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.

Personal importance/sentimental value

Although the following items are allowable, we recommend that you keep these important  items with you.

  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Financial documents (stocks,bonds,CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)
  • Home videos
  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical/dental records
  • New home documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files/research projects
  • School records

 

Self Packing Tips
  • Plan how you will pack. Pack items first that you don't use often.
  • Start packing as soon as you find out you're moving.
  • Never pack flammable items or non-allowable items.
  • Use generous amounts of paper inside the carton on the top and bottom to provide good cushion.
  • List contents and room on the outside of the moving carton.
  • Clearly mark "Fragile" on the outside of moving cartons.
For more tips, read What Not to Pack.
Rights & Responsibilities
Rights & Responsibilities