What You Should Not Pack When Moving

Packing your things on your own is a great way to avoid some additional costs when moving. Yet, whether you are taking the DIY approach or you hired professional movers for the job, one of the most important things you should know is what not to pack. Professional movers are trained and experienced to look for all typical household items, which are dangerous and frequently illegal to ship. In the process of planning, being proactive can get rid of the risk for possible surprises and save time in the long run. Since nobody likes their moving day to end up in disaster, you might want to be careful when packing your personal belongings.
Your professional movers must give you with a list of the non-allowables, this is basically an industry term for the things movers will not transport. The list doesn’t only include intuitive items like gasoline and ammunition, but also some less obvious things including toy chemistry sets and nail polish. These non-allowables include the following:

  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Household cleaners
  • Solvents, varnishes, paints, and thinners
  • Any kind of gas in tanks or in bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammables
  • Aerosol cans

Foods for Thought
Some of you might not know that even if plants and perishable foods are not hazardous, they also pop up on professional mover’s list of the things that you should not pack. Although they aren’t toxic or flammable, these could attract rats, bugs, and some pests might damage your property, which is not fun for anybody. The common perishables are as follows:

  • Flowers
  • Fresh herbs
  • Plants
  • Open food items
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated or frozen food

If you feel terrible about throwing away foods, there’s nothing you should worry about as you can donate such perishables to a safe house, place of worship, soup kitchen, and local shelter

What are the Things You Should Keep Handy

Since you already know what you cannot pack, it is now time to think about what you should not pack. Professional movers recommend their clients to keep personal items off of the moving trucks. It is kind of like a difference between checked and carry-on baggage when flying something that you use daily or anything that could be inconvenient at best to lost must go with you. Some of these things are furs and jewelry, currency, insurance policies, collections, identification documents, securities, bonds, and stocks, and prescription medications. It isn’t a bad idea to put together the moving-in kit of sorts of things you will need for your first night in your new home, no matter how fast you unpack. Of course, it is also likely that you will still have to slate things of personal value for transport on a moving truck. There are other factors that you have to take for consideration when packing. That is the reason why it is always best to hire professional movers to make the process easy and convenient.

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