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Hiring a professional moving company is an excellent way to expedite and speed up your packing and moving, not to mention alleviating most of the stress. We said most because there are certain items that a moving company will not allow on their truck, whether it is for safety reasons or the fragility of the items. You need to know how to handle these items when planning a move, so you can make the necessary plans to have these belongings properly deal with them. We are going to take a look at the more common items that you need to find alternative solutions for when moving. 

Food and Perishable Items 

These items require constant refrigeration to keep them from spoiling. Traveling with these items is a considerable risk if you don’t plan on consuming them immediately. It is not recommended that you travel with food items that could turn, especially during long-distance moves. Leading up to your moving date, limit the purchases of meat and dairy items and try to consume what you have before leaving. Anything left over is suggested to discard and not pack. 


Plants are a great way to decorate your home and make it feel more comfortable, but when it comes time to move, they might pose a logistic problem. Moving companies might not allow them on the moving truck because of their sensitivity and the chance they won’t survive the move. If you are set on them coming with you, you will have to transport them yourself. Make sure they have plenty of room in your vehicle, and there is no chance of anything falling on them causing damage. Another alternative is to see if any friends or family members would like to take possession of them.   

Cleaning Supplies 

Moving companies will not allow any of these materials to enter their trucks, they pose a safety risk, and it is strongly advised that you don’t travel with them as well. The possibility of a fire with these materials poses a serious threat, and you should find a local establishment to dispose of them for you properly. 

Firearms and Ammunition 

Like the cleaning supplies, moving companies will also say no to any guns and ammunition that you may possess. This becomes your responsibility to transport them to your new home properly. If this is a long-distance move that requires crossing state lines, you need to research local gun laws for the states you are traveling through. This will prevent you from inadvertently breaking any laws. If you have an extensive collection of firearms or you don’t feel comfortable traveling, you can find some specialty shipping company that will ship them for you. 

Garage and Patio Items 

Your landscaping tools like lawnmowers and weed eaters need to be drained of all fuel and oil that they contain. Ensure that you do this in the appropriate receptacles and stored properly. Some items in your garage will pose some health and safety issues, but there are steps you can take to eliminate those issues.  

If you use a propane grill, then you need to disconnect the tank and properly dispose of it. For fire and explosion reasons, it is unsafe to travel long distances with a propane tank. Most retailers that sell propane will purchase your tank from you. Materials that you wouldn’t think would pose a safety issue can be shunned from the moving truck. Most garden fertilizers pose a fire hazard thanks to the materials they contain.   

We Can Help with Your Next Move 

If you find yourself in need of help with your packing and moving, then look no further than Clemmer Moving and Storage for assistance. With over a century of experience, our residential movers will help with your relocation. Whether you need local help or the need for long-distance movers, we can help you move anywhere in the country. Contact us today for your free quote.