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What Not to Pack When You're Moving

As you're planning your move, you're bound to come across plenty of articles and lists on proper packing tips and what to have your mover pack for you. While knowing which household goods to pack is extremely important to having a successful move, it's just as important to know what NOT to pack into the moving truck, to avoid any confusion between you and your mover.

There are regulations that dictate what a professional moving company can legally transport. There are also a number of items that you should avoid packing into the truck and should keep on your person. We have outlined some of these items below to ensure you have the smoothest, safest move possible.

Hazardous or Flammable Materials

Many movers, whether required by law or their own policies, will not transport items that are highly flammable. They are left behind for the safety of both you and your movers. They will also be easy to find and purchase once you arrive at your new home. Please check our list of non-transportable items or consult your mover if you are unsure whether to pack any items that are not listed here.

Perishable Food

Frozen food, refrigerated foods and produce may spoil if you pack them into a moving van. It is best to dispose of these items before move day. We encourage you to donate non-perishable food items to Move For Hunger or your local food pantry; it's a great way to give back to the community!

Firearms & Ammunition

Many states have laws regulating the transportation of firearms over state lines, so be sure to check with the proper authorities or your sales consultant before you move.

Important Documents

Documents such as birth certificates, social security information, banking information, or any important moving documents should not be packed with the rest of your boxes in the moving van. Instead, take these papers with you, should you need to find or reference them at any time during transit.

Cash, Credit Cards, Jewelry, Other Valuables

To avoid having these high-value items get mixed up with the other boxes in the moving van, keep these close to you at all times. We suggest you carry these items with you; if they must be shipped, please make sure they are noted as high value – your mover will have the proper paperwork for you to sign.

Consult Your Mover

If you have questions about packing an item not listed here, be sure to ask your mover right away. They will be able to help you sort through what needs to stay and what should come with you. At Stevens, we've been helping people pack and move safely for more than 110 years. If you need help planning a move, contact us today for a free quote.


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