What not to Pack When Moving

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General Moving

When you’re moving, your first thought is usually about what you should pack. Making sure you have all the furniture, appliances, and household staples is a priority. However, when you’re packing everything up it can be easy to forget that some things should never go in a moving truck. Certain items could create a mess, cause legal problems, or even danger. Although it is important to know what to pack, it is just as vital to know what not to pack when you’re moving.

Perishable Foods

The last thing you want when you enter your new home is to have a rotten stench of spoiled foods. If you do bring any food, make sure it is non-perishable. That means dry goods, soups, and most condiments. If you have any bread, meat, fruits, or vegetables it would be wise to eat them before leaving. Otherwise, your move could become smelly rather quickly.

Aerosol Cans

If an aerosol can is punctured or incorrectly pressurized, it could explode. Excessive temperatures could also cause an aerosol can to explode. It is certainly possible for aerosol cans to puncture or explode while being transported on a moving truck. Outside of the dangers of aerosol, the contents of the can itself, such as an insecticide, can be dangerous. Most moving companies will know not to allow any aerosol cans on the truck, but you should be careful not to include them while packing. Read more about aerosol can safety at Safety Management Group.

Household Cleaning Products

A number of household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. In particular, ammonia is common in cleaners. According to the Global Healing Center, just touching ammonia can lead to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. You never know if a lid is on tight enough to avoid a spill. If a combination of your household cleaners spill during a move, it could produce toxic gas. To be safe, purchase new household cleaning products closer to your new home.

 

Paint and Nail Polish

If you’re planning on using paint in your new home, beware of the toxins that could be emitted. Some paint and related products can still contain volatile organic compounds. Even disregarding the hazardous elements, spilled paint can leave permanent stains on cars or moving trucks. Similar to household paint, nail polish can be dangerous. A 2012 California report found that some brands of nail polish may be high in toxic chemicals. The small size of nail polish bottles also leads to more breaks and spills.

Alcohol

There are some states that do not allow transporting a certain amount of alcohol across state lines. In fact, some states do not allow any alcohol at all to be transported across state lines. Be sure to research the laws regarding alcohol before you move to a new state. Some moving companies also maintain certain policies about transporting alcohol. If you have a wine collection, read up on how you can transport it here.

Lawn Care Goods

Fertilizer often contains ammonium nitrate, which can explode under conditions of heat or shock, according to Live Science. If you put fertilizer in a tightly packed area, there is a chance it could spill.  The last thing you want is a fire caused by fertilizer to damage other goods you are moving. Similarly to other items on this list, it would be a good idea to purchase fertilizer closer to your new home.

 

Plants and Animals

Keep in mind that not all areas have the same biodiversity. Some states have laws forbidding the transportation of plants across state lines. Bringing a non-native plant to a different area could be environmentally harmful. If you have an exotic pet, make sure you know the laws of the state you’re moving to. Find out more about exotic pet laws by taking a look at Pet Helpful.

 

Fireworks and Firearms

You never know what can happen with gunpowder, especially if it is on a moving truck over a long period of time. Additionally, fireworks are illegal in some states. With regard to firearms, laws vary even more widely than they do with fireworks. If you do decide to bring guns with you on a move, make sure they are kept with you and not in a moving truck. The last thing you want is for a firearm to somehow end up in the wrong hands. However, make sure that you are within the legal guidelines for transporting firearms to your state. You can check requirements with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau.

Moving can sometimes be a dangerous exercise. Loading up an entire household onto a few trucks and cars is pretty amazing when you think about it. However, as important as it is not to forget anything, it’s just as essential to keep some things out of the moving truck. Following this list will assure that you have a safe, successful, and clean moving process.

 

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