What Not to Pack

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important that you understand which 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

Examples include:

  • Aerosols 
  • Fireworks 
  • Nail polish remover
  • Ammonia 
  • Fire Extinguisher 
  • Paints
  • Ammunition 
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons - Such as weed killer
  • Car/household Batteries 
  • Liquid Bleach 
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Gasoline 
  • Kerosene 
  • Charcoal 
  • Charcoal lighter fluid 
  • Matches 
  • Sterno
  • Loaded gun 
  • Propane tank
  • Chemistry set 
  • Cleaning solvents 
  • Motor oil
  • Fertilizer 
  • Paint thinner


Perishables- Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit

Examples include:

  • Frozen Food 
  • Refrigerated Food 
  • Open or half used food
  • Produce 
  • Plants

Note: You should empty our refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent thegrowth of mold.

Items of Personal Importance/Sentimental Value – This third category of nonallowablecan create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. Wesuggest that irreplaceable items and\or sentimental items be carried with youinstead of being packed with your shipment.

Examples include:

  • Airline Tickets 
  • Certificates of Deposit 
  • Prescription Medicine
  • Car Keys 
  • Stocks 
  • Computer Discs
  • Laptop Computers 
  • Cell Phones 
  • Pagers
  • Bonds 
  • IRAs 
  • Address Books
  • Jewelry
  • Family Photographs
  • Wedding Albums
  • Financial Documents 
  • Checkbooks 
  • Deeds 
  • Cash 
  • Car Titles 
  • Personal Video Tapes
  • School Records 
  • Professional Files 
  • VCRs & Stereos
  • Medical & Dental Records
  • Insurance Policies (Life/Auto/Home, etc.)
  • Remote Controls for TVs/VCRs/Stereos
  • Documents Pertaining to your new home
  • Keys to furniture, safe, home

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