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What Not to Pack When Moving

Help Keep Your Items In Transit Safe!

It may seem like when it comes time to move, you need to pack everything. For the most part, this is true. However, there are certainly some exceptions. Some items can be dangerous to pack. Clancy is happy to provide a list of items you should avoid packing.

Many of these “What NOT to Pack When Moving” materials can cause damage to items in your boxes while being moved or damage the truck they are in. Avoid risks and please DO NOT PACK the following prohibited items:

Hazardous Materials

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammunition
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Fuels/oils
  • Kerosene
  • Loaded guns
  • Nail polish
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Ammonia
  • Car batteries
  • Fireworks
  • Household batteries
  • Liquid bleach
  • Matches
  • Paint thinners
  • Pesticides

Important Files or Papers

  • Address books
  • Car titles
  • Cell phones
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)
  • Insurance policies
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Medical/dental records
  • Prescription medicine (especially any that require refrigeration)
  • School records/Diplomas/Transcripts
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash
  • Checkbooks
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Home videos
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Laptop computers
  • New home documents
  • Professional files/research projects


  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Produce
  • Frozen food
  • Plants
  • Refrigerated food

NOTE: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.

**If you are moving less than 150 miles and your items will be delivered within 24 hours of pickup, it is possible to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.

Have questions about what to pack and what not? Our residential moving team would be happy to answer them for you. Simply give us a call at (845) 302-3772.