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What Not to Pack When Moving

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important that you understand what not to pack when moving as some items cannot be shipped because they represent a hazard or are perishable.  Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to address prior to your pack and load dates.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS – items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive:

Aerosols                                           Fireworks                                            Nail Polish
Ammonia                                         Gasoline                                             Nail Polish Remover
Ammunition                                     Household Batteries                       Paint Thinner
Car Batteries                                     Kerosene                                           Paints
Charcoal                                           Lamp Oil                                            Pesticides
Charcoal Lighter Fuel                    Liquid Bleach                                   Poisons
Chemistry Sets                                  Loaded Guns                                   Pool Chemicals
Cleaning Solvents                             Matches                                            Propane tanks
Fertilizer                                           Motor Oil                                           Sterno
Weed Killers

PERISHABLES – food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit*

Examples include:
Frozen Food                                          Plants                                             Refrigerated Foods
Open or Half-used Foods                   Produce

*For shipments moving less than 150 miles and delivered within 24 hours of pickup, carriers 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 the appliance to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.

ITEMS OF PERSONAL IMPORTANCE/SENTIMENTAL VALUE – This third category of “non-allowables,” while not representing a physical threat can create problems, should your shipment be delayed or items lost or delay can be lessened, if irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with you and not packed with your shipment.

Examples include:
Address Books                                Financial Documents                             Professional Files
Airline Tickets                                IRA’s/Deeds/Tax Records                    Research Projects
Car Keys                                          Jewelry/Furs                                            School Records
CD’s                                                  Medicine                                                   Software Backups
Checkbooks                                    Personal Video Tapes                             Sterling Silver
Computer Disks                             Photographs/Photo Albums                 Stocks/Bonds