Non-Allowable Items

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important that you understand which items cannot be shipped because they represent a hazard or are perishable. Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to address prior to move date.

Hazardous materials – items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.

Examples include:

  • Sterno
  • Matches
  • Kerosene
  • Gasoline
  • Propane/propane tanks
  • Fireworks
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal lighter
  • Ammunition
  • Lamp oils
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Ammonia
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Liquid bleach
  • Paints (latex & oil-based)
  • Paint thinner
  • Household batteries
  • Chemistry sets
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Fertilizer
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons (such as weed killer)

Perishables – food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.

Examples include:

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


Items of personal importance/sentimental value –We suggest that irreplaceable items and/or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your shipment in case there are unexpected delays or items lost.

Examples include:

  • Airline tickets
  • Car keys
  • Cell phones
  • Pagers
  • Laptop computers
  • Checkbooks
  • Cash
  • School records
  • Medical & dental records
  • Documents pertaining to your new home
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • IRAs
  • Financial documents
  • Deeds
  • Car titles
  • Professional files
  • Insurance policies (life/auto/home, etc.)
  • Keys to furniture, safe, home
  • Prescription medicine
  • Computer discs
  • Address books
  • Jewelry
  • Family photographs
  • Wedding albums
  • Personal video tapes
  • VCRs & stereos
  • Remote controls for TVs/VCRs/stereos

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