When you decide that it is finally time to move to a new place, you will have a long list of things to do. The biggest activity on the list is to pack up all your belongings. Some homeowners hire movers to take care of the packing and the move. However, with all this stress and anxiety, you may forget a crucial detail that movers don’t pack everything, and neither should you pack such items. These items fall under the hazardous and perishable category, and you need to take care of them separately.

Here is everything you need to know about things you should not pack for a move.

Hazardous household things

Hazardous items include anything that can combust or cause fire during transit. These items should not be packed with other belongings as they are not safe. Some of the things include:

  • Acids and Ammonia
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Gasoline, kerosine, other such petroleum products
  • Liquor
  • Nail polish and removers
  • Paint and thinners
  • Pesticides, fertilizers
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fireworks
  • Fire extinguishers

You can ask for an extensive list from your movers before moving the hazardous items.

Food items

Another essential household item that you should not pack for a move includes food items in your home. It consists of frozen, fresh, or cooked food items that can get spoiled and attract pests and insects. 

Such items can cause a mess and also promote the growth of mold and fungi. You can utilize your food supplies before the move or give the leftovers to the needy. You can carry canned food items as they are relatively safer. However, it is best to avoid any food item as much as possible.


If you have a plant garden or indoor plants that you want to take along with, you need to think twice. Plants need to be kept at a specific place and in conditions so that they get proper sunlight and water to survive. Any hauling and moving are too extreme for them, and most plants don’t survive it. 

One reason most movers won’t move your plants is the chances that plants may spread parasites to new terrain.


If you have pets at home, you need to make separate arrangements for them. Sending your pets in the same vehicle as your belongings can endanger their lives. It is best to carry your pets in a car or book a ticket for them on the flight. 

Hiring professional pet movers can ease out your job as they help you relocate your pet safely over any distance.

Irreplaceable items 

There are always some things that cannot be replaced due to their sentimental value. These items may also be worth millions of dollars, such as old family heirlooms, paintings, and other antiques. 

Most moving companies prefer not to move them as any damage cannot be reimbursed in terms of money. 

About InterWest Moving & Storage

We offer complete moving services for residential, corporate, government, and military relocation, along with logistics, storage, and warehousing options. An agent of Atlas Van Lines, we have offices in Idaho, Montana, and Utah. 

Our comprehensive and robust network allows us to offer local and international moving services to any place in the world. No matter what it takes, we always ensure that every customer is satisfied. Call us at (800) 877-1091 for all your packing and moving requirements.