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What not to pack on the moving truck

Your movers are a talented group of people. They can pivot your furniture around any corner, dismantle the kids’ outdoor playland and even carefully wrap your grandmother’s china. Making everything they touch safe and secure for your new adventure. However, there are some things that any mover should not have in their truck.

Let’s first address chemicals.

If you are an avid gardener and keep fertilizer and weed spraying companies in business, it is not an item to include on the truck. High heat and possible spills make these items less than ideal for your movers to transport. Should the inside of the truck reach extremely high temps, these chemicals are flammable.

Movers contact information

This may seem like a no-brainer, but let’s be honest; notes were written on the desk and the contents of the desk were packed. In the digital age we live in, it is possible to find this information, but do you want to search for it while you’re on the road? Take a photo of the business card, or program the number into your phone. Just do not let it get packed on to the truck.


While loading the contents of your garage it makes sense to load tools and miscellaneous things we think we won’t need, until we do. Keep a small tool kit with both a Phillips and flat-head screw driver, nails and screws. While doing reassembly of furniture the last thing you want to do is go search the freshly unloaded boxes for the tools you need.

Important documents

What constitutes and important document? Well, birth certificates, social security cards, vehicle titles, insurance documents, passports, medical information and any financial documents. You may keep these items in a safe already and think leaving them in there during transport would keep them, well safe, but let’s not take any chances. Keeping these items in your possession during your move will provide an extra layer of relief. Gathering them all and putting them in their own file in their own box is a good idea.


Perishable items should be transported in a cooler in your own vehicle. Your movers shouldn’t have to be responsible for ensuring those items stay fresh. Dog food too. If your move is cross-country, Fido will want that along the way.


Necessities are things like morning routine items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, etc. This is also clothes, prescriptions, chargers, and devices. We usually think to take our laptops and ipads, but we may inadvertently pack a couple we decide we need when we arrive. And if you get to your destination before your moving truck has, you will certainly be glad you had all of these.

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