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What NOT to pack on a moving truck when relocating homes

For those of you changing homes either locally or to another state, there are good tips on what NOT to pack. My feeling also is to keep reminding yourself that it often costs more to ship heavier items like cleaning supplies and canned food, then to buy it in your new location. Moving trucks charge by weight or number of boxes and often won’t take certain types of liquids that could spill or are combustible.

I’m going to summarize the article with what I think are the most important items NOT to have the movers pack and move:

Valuables — please hand carry your jewelry and important sentimental memorabilia items! Also, don’t have the movers pack your laptop, cell phone, address book, fragile antiques, etc.

Important documents — You might want to keep car title, checkbooks, cash, passports, etc. with you when you relocate via car or airplane and not put them on the moving truck.

Essentials Box — delays often happen so be prepared with items you’ll need when you arrive at your new home. I always suggest packing a suitcase like you’re going on a trip for a week. You’ll need your cell charger, vitamins/medicine, pet food, toiletries, toilet paper, bedding, towel, shower curtain, and even a bottle of cleaner and paper towels to wipe down your new space before you start unpacking.

These items are generally not allowed on a moving truck so you need to give them away or hand carry to your new location if you can: Alcohol; charcoal briquettes, guns and ammo, houseplants, pets.

Perishable food — and it’s even recommended to give away or donate to food pantry and not move ANY food especially on cross country moves as the truck could get very hot and even non-perishable food could attract pests and make a mess.

Compressed gasses and chemicals — such as a fire extinguisher, pool chemicals, weed killers, bathroom cleaners, insecticides, spray paint, and even hairspray.

Flammable and combustible items —such as nail polish remover, bleach, ammonia, sterno, fireworks, lighter fluid, matches, etc.





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