What to Pack When Moving Your Home

To pack or not to pack? An easy reference guide to keep your belongings safe.

It’s common sense, right? You know you can’t pack everything. But here you are, rushing to get everything done before your move date—and sometimes it’s easy to forget. So tape this list up in every room, so that it can be available while you’re packing. If you have a question about something, contact your move coordinator.

Avoid packing the items on the list below, and you’ll better ensure that your belongings will remain safe.

DO NOT PACK anything that is flammable, combustible or explosive:

  • Acid
  • Aerosols: Hairsprays, room
    deodorizers, household cleaners
  • Ammunition
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Bleach
  • Butane: Camping stoves, cigarette lighters
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Cleaning Fluid
  • Disinfectant cleaners (especially those that contain bleach or ammonia)
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Gas or oils: Grill gas, cooking, bath, lotion or massage oils; lamp or motor oil
  • House paints or paint thinner
  • Items with excessive odor
  • Matches
  • Nail polish or nail polish remover
  • Open alcohol containers
  • Open containers of liquid
  • Open non sealed food containers
  • Oxygen containers
  • Perishable foods (unless the move meets strict guidelines—please check with your move consultant about these to see if your move meets the guidelines)
  • Pesticides
  • Prescription drugs
  • Propane tanks or cans
  • Weed killer
  • Welding Gas

Avoid packing personal items.

You should also never pack any irreplaceable personal items. Even though we take every action to ensure your belongings are packed, loaded, and moved in the safest way possible, sometimes things can happen that are out of our control. For that reason, carry your irreplaceables with you.


  • Cash or jewelry
  • Financial and personal identification:
    CD documentation, social security
    cards, licenses
  • Legal documents like deeds, wills,
    car and home titles 
  • Medical records
  • Personal mementos like family photographs and wedding albums
  • Personal papers
  • Photo albums

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