Prohibited Items


Hazardous Materials

Professional movers cannot transport anything that is flammable, corrosive, or explosive. These items can be dangerous to the movers as well as your property, and are illegal to transport. They include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Aerosol cans (deodorant, hair spray)
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Acids/Ammonia
  • Motor oil/Antifreeze
  • Gasoline/Kerosene
  • Turpentine/Solvents
  • Pesticides/Fertilizer/Weed killer
  • Propane Tanks
  • Yard equipment containing fuel
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paints and stains
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Lighter fluid/matches
  • Fireworks
  • Liquor
  • Paint thinner
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Bleach
  • Charcoal
  • Lamp oil

Perishable Food

Movers typically prefer not to pack any perishable items on the moving truck because they can become spoiled, unsanitary, attract insects, and cause damage to your property. You are advised to empty and thoroughly clean out your refrigerator and freezer at least 24 hours before your move, using or disposing of all perishable food products. Unplug the unit to allow it to defrost and leave it open to air out and prevent the growth of mold or foul odors.Some perishables that are not allowed on the moving truck include:

  • Frozen foods
  • Refrigerated foods
  • Fresh foods
  • Open containers of non-perishable foods

If you are moving just a short distance, the movers may agree to transport your items if they are packed properly, but it will depend on the company and their policy. If so, the movers will not be liable should your food spoil during the move.

Before moving, make plans to either give these items away to friends or neighbors or dispose of them properly. Call your local Environmental Protection Agency Office or fire department to find out the correct and safest method for disposal.

If you are moving any yard equipment such as a lawn mower, be sure to drain the gas from its tank before the movers arrive.

If your move is local, you may consider packing and transporting certain items in your own vehicle. If so, be sure not to expose them to any extreme heat and to use discretion.

It is also not advised to attempt to fool the movers by packing any of these items without informing them. According to the Department of Transportation, if movers are unaware of the presence of hazardous items on their truck, their liability is greatly limited should anything happen to your property during transport.

Irreplaceable Items

Some items, while not necessarily forbidden, are not advised for transport on the moving truck. These include items of extreme value, important documents, and sentimental possessions. Some examples of these items include:

  • Financial Statements
  • Check books
  • Cash
  • Credit cards
  • Airline Tickets
  • Keys (Car, house, safety deposit box, etc.)
  • Deeds
  • Collections (stamp, coin, baseball cards, etc.)
  • Personal documents (marriage license, passport, wills, insurance documents, birth certificate, Social Security cards)
  • Tax records
  • Medicine
  • Photos
  • Valuable jewelry/fur
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Car titles
  • Cell phones
  • Medical records

Because many of these items are extremely valuable, irreplaceable, or even priceless, most movers prefer not to transport them to limit their liability in case of loss or damage.