Most people who have experienced relocation will agree that packing is the trickiest part of it all. This is because the process will last for the entire relocating period – from the first day to the last. Even when packing, there are certain items that should not be organized due to the fact they are too dangerous, fragile, or cannot be replaced. For this reason, most relocating firms will not move items that end up on this list. Toronto Movers have compiled the list of things that you should avoid packing when relocating.

Hazardous Household Items

There are some belongings in your household that could put you and your family’s health at risk if packed and transported over a long distance. Such dangerous items are those that have explosive, corrosive, or flammable properties. Some of the hazardous items relocating agencies will refuse to move include; gasoline, petroleum products, kerosene, acidic elements, black powder, flammable fluids, ammunition, fireworks, lamp and motor oil, pesticides, poisons, paint, nail polish and remover, bleach, propane tanks, yard articles containing oil, car batteries, liquor, fire extinguisher, disinfectants.

In the case of yard articles, relocating crews will move them if all fuel has been completely drained from them.

You should organize the transportation of ammunition with a certified firearms specialist. You may also want to do your homework on the gun regulations of the state you are moving to since they may differ from the ones in your current state.

Try and use up all the fuel and cleaning supplies you have prior to relocating, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with them. If this proves hard, you can give them away to friends and family. Another option is safely disposing of them and purchasing others once you get to your new place.

Even so, you can choose to relocate such items in your car if your new home is not too far away. Elements such as liquor and cleaning articles are harmless if kept away from extreme temperatures.

It is important to talk to your relocating agency prior to the move to confirm the list of dangerous items they will not move for you.

Fragile Elements

Items such as fresh or frozen food will not be moved by most relocating firms because they are likely to;

  • Go bad and produce stenches
  • Start molding if they stay in the truck too long
  • Attract bugs and cause a mess in the relocating vehicle

It is advisable to consume all perishable food before moving day. If the big day arrives before you can be done, consider giving the food out to friends or the needy.

Most relocating agencies will allow movers to carry canned food stuff since they can withstand the test of time. However, you should still contact your relocating team to inform them of the canned items you plan on packing to avoid any disagreements on the big day.

For a short distance move, on the other hand, you can easily carry such fragile goods in your car.


The conditions of a relocating vehicle will be highly unfavorable for the survival of a plant, especially if it is a long move. Due to the high possibility of values reaching extremes in the enclosed van space, the chances for your plant to reach the destination alive and healthy are pretty low.

On top of that, the moving of plants by relocating firms for more than one hundred and fifty miles is forbidden by the law. This is because the plant pathogens could be moved from one state to the other. Therefore, no relocating agency will permit the long haul of a plant.

Consider giving out your plant either to neighbors, friends, schools, or hospitals. However, if the move is nearby, you can carry the plant in your car. Be keen to keep it away from direct sunlight and extreme conditions.


Just like plants, the conditions in a relocating vehicle will be extreme for your furry friend. This applies to both long and short distance moves. Below are some of the various ways you can move your pet:

In your vehicle – this will keep you calm and worry free during the relocation. All you’ll have to do is purchase an animal container, especially for cats. In a plane – call an airline of your choice long before the move to get familiar with all the requirements of flying your animal friend.

Certified pet movers – there are expert pet relocating firms available that can help you relocate your pet to your destination.

High-Value Articles

These are elements that the relocating firm may find hard to replace if any damage is incurred. This applies to items of sentimental value such as photo albums, family heirlooms, etc. Such items should always be with your during the relocation. Other such items include cash, credit cards, important documents, special art pieces, pricey jewelry, personal electronic appliances, etc.

If you have trouble deciding whether an item should be packed for transit or not, give your relocating firm a call and request for a full list of items they will not transport.