What NOT To Pack

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You’ve read our ultimate moving checklist and have done hours of research on what and how to pack for your big move. You’ve laid out your plans and done your research and you think you’re finally ready to go, but do you know what not to pack? Safety, value, and ease of travel should all be considered when you’re planning whether to pack and how to transport your belongings.


You do not want to pack any flammables or explosives for your move. Things like gasoline, lighter fluids, aerosol sprays, and even rubbing alcohol are all extremely flammable and should be disposed of through your local hazardous waste facilities. Explosives like fireworks, guns, and other toxic products should also be treated with extreme caution. If you’re moving to a new town, check their laws regarding these products, as their may be rules against transporting or owning them. When dealing with flammable or explosive materials, your best bet is to contact your local fire or police departments prior to moving for official information.



While this may seem like common sense, people do get swept up into the stress of moving and forget to keep their valuables close by. Your money, jewelry, and important documents should be kept either on your person or in a safety deposit box. Valuables also include you and your family! Make sure your family (that includes your pets!) is happy and safe throughout your move. Keep an eye especially on children and the elderly, or those who may not be at their physical best. Make sure everyone knows the details of your move and your contact information for while you move.


Ease of Travel
Some things just do not travel well or come with loads of restrictions. Be sure to check for these restrictions with your moving company before you go. Things like flowers and plants may not be able to be transported across state lines and some may just difficult to transfer. Medications (don’t forget your pet’s medications too) also have to be transported, so make sure that you have a safe and legal way to do so. A big difficulty people usually run across is their extra food. If you have leftover food, donate it to your local food bank or food pantry, or find a mover who will transport your non-perishable food products at MoveForHunger.org. You’ll do some good and make your move even easier!


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