What Not to Pack for the Moving Truck

Most of the long-distance moving companies will provide you with a list of items that they cannot move, many of which are dangerous and should be disposed of before moving day. Other items you can bring along but they may need special packing. In addition to that, there are a few items you’ll want to have with you for various reasons. We go over most of these below.

Dangerous Goods or Substances

When it comes to dangerous items, these are typically items that are explosive, corrosive, or flammable. These items are considered dangerous to move and may even be illegal. If you have items from this list, you can get in touch with your local fire station or recycling center to determine how to get rid of them. Of course, you can also give them to a friend or neighbor who might use them.

Here is a list of many of the items that will be considered dangerous:

  • Acid
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning fluid
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp oil
  • Lighter fluid
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded weapons
  • Matches
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane
  • Sterno
  • Weed killer

Perishable Items

Perishable items, often food, aren’t dangerous but they can make a mess and potentially damage other items if they are not packed well. If you’re moving locally, you can often take these with you. Just be certain that you are careful with meat, dairy, and eggs. These can spoil quickly even in areas where it is cold.

If you are moving farther away, it’s best to dispose of perishable items. Plants can also be trouble for movers, so consider whether they are worth the trouble for you. It’s best to ask movers what they think and then either pack them in your car or leave them for someone at your former home.

High Value Items

By high value, this doesn’t mean expensive so much as important. These are things that you can’t bear to keep your eyes off and would prefer to move with you. Some of the most common items in this section include the following:

  • Address book
  • Airline tickets
  • Birth certificate
  • Car keys
  • Check books
  • Collections
  • Computer software
  • Deeds
  • Financial statements
  • House keys
  • Insurance papers
  • Jewelry
  • Letters
  • Marriage license
  • Medication
  • Passport
  • Photos
  • Photo albums
  • Safety box keys
  • School records
  • Stocks
  • Tax records
  • Wills


Some long-distance moving companies have no problem with moving alcohol, but some do not allow movement of any alcohol. If you need to transport your alcohol on your own, a great option is to stop into a liquor store to get some used wine boxes. Of course, you can also drink what you have ahead of time for your moving party or drop it off to friends who may appreciate it.

Important Documents

We mentioned this a bit above with high-value items, but it’s worth repeating. You should have all your important documents with you. One great option is to purchase a file box to store all of your documents in your new home or carry in your care, depending on your preference.


A toolkit is great for when you get to your new home and find that you need to reassemble furniture, put up photos, and similar things. You may not want to dig through a box of things to find the right nails, screws, wrench, or whatever else you will probably need right away. So, keep some of them in a kit that you travel with.


You never know what will happen while on the road and moving. It’s a good idea to have some cash on hand for whatever is needed. This will help too when it comes time for the movers to leave and you want to provide them with a tip for their services.


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Moving Tip

  • Get rid of the junk! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want, it will make packing that much easier and save you money.The more stuff you have will increase the time and or weight of the move and will cost you more money!
  • Do not move jewelry, money, coin collections, etc. Keep these items in your possession.
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