What not to pack when moving

The whole moving process can be very exciting but it is also quite stressful and tiresome. And during the whole chaos of moving and organizing everyone and everything, you need to pack. But what to pack? You can’t move your entire home, all of your belongings, from a fancy picture you never put anywhere to your kids smallest toys. You need take a moment and re-organize everything in your head, as there are certainly items that you can set aside, some to be left behind or thrown away, some special items, to be packed by the movers you hired.

When you’ve planned your move, hired a moving company, organized a moving day, discussed all of the moving services you’ll be needing, don’t forget to ask about them what items they cannot or will not transport. Because most, if not all, moving companies have a list of items they will not touch, ranging from dangerous goods to some household items that are known to break easily, no matter how hard one tries. Even though you should check for yourself, here’s a list of the most common items that moving companies won’t touch:

  • Acid
  • Gasoline
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Car batteries
  • Ammunition
  • Nail polish and Remover
  • Fireworks
  • Bleach
  • Pesticides
  • Loaded weapons

Some items you might find too valuable and should keep them close, some are too dangerous, and others are should just be left behind for obvious reasons. Here are a few tips to help in your decision-making process.


Flammables

Though obvious it needs to be said, items such as paints, gasoline, lighter fluid, paints etc. are highly flammable and should be left behind or even better, disposed of. If you don’t how, asking your local fire department is a good call.

Plants or flowers

You should always ask your moving company if they will move them for you. It is also wise to check if you can bring them to another country as some have laws against it. If you’re afraid for your green friend’s future, you can always donate them to a hospital or a school. Even better you can just gift them to a friend or a neighbor.

Perishables

Even though they aren’t dangerous at first thought, perishable foods and produce attract pests, such as rats, that can damage other property. Which a reason why they’re also found on moving companies’ ‘non-allowable’ lists. You don’t have to throw all of your food away though, you should consider donating it to a local shelter or a soup kitchen.

Valuables

This ranges from money, to jewelry, to important papers, notes and identification. All of these ‘treasures’ you should keep with you at all times during the moving process. It is highly advisable to make a photocopy of all your important documentation before the actual move. These things get lost most often during a move, as people usually pack them ‘somewhere’ in the moving boxes, or just forget them thinking they’re already packed.

Lastly, if you have any doubts and/or questions about what to move what not to move, don’t be afraid to ask your moving company, as they will surely be glad to help you out.