What Not to Pack

If you are going to be doing your own packing, it’s important to keep in mind certain items that should not be packed for your move. Some items are simply not recommended to be packed, while some others cannot be moved by law because they are hazardous materials.

DO NOT pack the following hazardous items:
  • Paint or paint thinner
  • Bleach
  • Aerosol cans
  • Flammable or corrosive chemicals
  • Motor oil or fuel
  • Lamp oil
  • Propane
  • Gasoline or kerosene
  • Flares
  • Firecrackers
  • Explosives
  • Batteries

DO NOT pack perishable food items that will spoil in transit. One day before moving, empty out the contents of your refrigerator and defrost. Don’t forget to empty the drainage pan underneath and disconnect and drain out your automatic ice maker. Clean the walls, drawers, and shelves.

It is recommended that you carry with you personal items that are of high value (monetary or sentimental) or that cannot be replaced easily. Your moving company may not accept these items, nor is the company responsible for any of these items should they come into their possession without their knowledge. These items include:
  • Jewelry and gems
  • Furs
  • Medicine
  • Family photos, albums, or home videos
  • Valuable collectibles such as coins or stamps
  • Antiques
  • Stock certificates or bonds
  • Other legal documents such as deeds or wills
  • Tax records
  • Personal files or letters, address books
  • Computer software or files