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