What Not to Pack

What Not to Pack

When you relocate, you will quickly learn that there are some things that need special packing and handling, such as antiques, mirrors, and wine glasses.  But there are some items that just shouldn’t be moved in the first place, especially if you’re moving a long distance.

Dangerous Items

Dangerous items shouldn’t be moved at all.  Flammable materials or anything explosive or corrosive would fit into this category.  Instead, recycle these items instead of trying to move them.  Some dangerous items include:

  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Motor oil
  • Acid
  • Fertilizer
  • Ammunition
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint thinner
  • Loaded weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Propane


When you move, there is usually no problem packing up your pantry.  Items such as spices, canned foods, and paper products should make the move just fine.  What you shouldn’t move is any perishable items that could spoil in transit.  Here are some ideas as to what you should either give away or throw away:

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Plants

Important Items

Extremely valuable or important items shouldn’t be moved.  Now, we don’t mean you can’t take them with you during relocation, we just suggest that you move them yourself, not with the movers.  Here’s an idea of what some of those items might be:

  • Legal documents
  • Passports, birth certificates, and wills
  • Address books
  • Home movies and photo albums
  • Keys to the office, house, or car
  • Tax records
  • Jewelry
  • Checkbooks
  • Credit cards
  • Medicine
  • Computer software
  • Collectables

Jon Huser