In the past two decades, the government has clamped down on travelers through its lists of prohibited items for airline travel. We all adjusted to these changes as you really have no choice if you want to fly off to your next vacation destination. Besides, the best way to travel is safe. The same is true for local and interstate moving. Did you know that moving companies cannot pack certain items onto their trucks?
Below, we explore prohibited items for transport by local and interstate moving companies. Instead of packing these items as part of your belongings and onto a commercial moving truck, you must properly dispose of them or carry them yourself.
Moving Hazardous Materials
No one wants their belongings destroyed in transit to a new home or office. Nor do you want to cause harm to anyone else’s person or property. This is why federal officials have banned local and interstate moving companies from transporting specific hazardous materials. Rules for things you cannot pack and move on a moving truck include:
- Flammable materials
- Explosive materials
- Corrosive chemicals
- Environmentally unfriendly items
- Other hazardous materials
What To Do With Hazardous Items
These items are capable of setting fires on their own, exploding, burning or otherwise destroying what is packed onto the truck and everything around them. They even can cause injury or fatality of professional movers, truck drivers, and others on the road.
Instead of trying to transport prohibited items on a local and interstate moving truck, properly recycle them. Take them to a legally managed hazardous waste dumping facility. Or, if your hazardous belongings contain things your local friends or family can use, give these items away. For proper disposal of anything on the hazardous list, seek advice for your city or county officials.
If you have other questionable items or need greater detail about hazardous items, talk to your professional movers at Movin’ On Movers in Apex, North Carolina. Meanwhile, below is a partial list of items prohibited from local or interstate moving company transport in most parts of the country.
Prohibited items for local and interstate moving include:
- Flammables, such as lighter fluid and matches
- Acids and corrosives
- Bottle gas or propane
- Lamp oil or kerosene
- Motor oils and fuel
- Paints, paint thinners, painting oils and varnishes
- Cleaning solvents
- Sterno cans, cooking fuel cans and chafing fuel cans
- Fire extinguishers
- Car batteries
- Aerosol cans
- Pool chemicals
- Poisons, pesticides and insecticides
- Fertilizer and weed killer
- Ammonia, liquid bleach and other cleaning solvents
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
Moving House Plants and Landscaping Greenery
When working with a local and interstate moving company, many people want to move their household plants and other greenery from their landscaping. While Movin’ On Movers understands your desire to hold onto these nurtured parts of your indoor and outdoor decor, we cannot transport them. Plants simply cannot endure the heat and stress inflicted on them within moving vans.
If you are moving locally, try transporting these plants yourself. But many states prohibit you from crossing their borders with plants in your personal vehicle. These laws play a critical role in helping each state fight infestations that threaten farming and other regional foliage. So, if you are moving from one state to another, it is generally best to take your green thumb with you, but leave the plants behind.
Local and Interstate Moving Restrictions for Food
Some food items travel well. Others cannot go onto local and interstate moving trucks.
Jarred and canned goods travel well and most professional moving companies transport these items. The same is true for unopened or well-packaged dry goods like flour and spices. The best method of packing these items is using medium-sized cartons or book boxes with tightly taped openings. Also, you should also label these boxes well, so you know at one glance that they go in your new kitchen and contain food.
Never pack any unsealed or perishable foods, such as frozen foods, refrigerated foods, produce, or opened food containers. These attract rodents, roaches, ants, and other pests that infiltrate your belongings and hitchhike to your new residence. Who wants to take mice or roaches to their new home?
If you are traveling for less than 24 hours as part of a local and interstate moving situation, you can take some of these items in your vehicle. Pack non-prohibited items in a cooler on ice and move them, yourself. But even better is the idea of donating uneaten and unopened food items.
Other Things You Should Not Pack on a Moving Truck
Besides food, plants, and hazardous materials, you should not pack expensive or cherished items onto a local and interstate moving truck. Also, anything can happen from your former home to the next, so you should protect these items in your own possession.
Items to carry with you in your own vehicle include:
- Financial records
- Medical records
- Coins and stamp collections
- Valuable records
- Jewelry and precious stones or metals
- Passports and birth certificates
- Car keys
For large precious items like fine art, pianos, grandfather clocks, and expensive antiques, your local and interstate moving company provides expert care and transport.
Learn More about Items You Cannot Move through a Moving Consultation
Movin’ On Movers work hard to make your relocation easy. Our professional movers use expert packing, handling, and transport methods to ensure everything you own arrives safely at your new home or office. This means restricting hazardous items or those that can damage your property or bring injury to people. Lastly, call us today at (919)362-8355 to learn more about safe local and interstate moving to or from the Triangle Area of North Carolina.