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While planning a relocation, you will need to take some time to consider items that can't go on a moving truck. There are select categories of items moving providers won't move for customers.

If you plan on transporting these items, you must ensure you follow the correct steps for a hassle-free experience. This article will cover how you can plan around items that moving companies won't move for you. 

Perishable Food and Kitchen Equipment

While packing up your kitchen for a move, you may want to bring the food you have in your refrigerator with you. Unfortunately, a moving company won't take perishable food with them, as it can spoil easily in the truck's environment. 

For local moves, you may transport food with the help of proper packing by the moving company. Along with perishable food, you shouldn't bring kitchen fire extinguishers on the relocation. A fire extinguisher should be replaced frequently, so it's best to dispose of it before your move. 

Laundry Cleaning Supplies

When packing your belongings, you must be mindful of what products you plan to place on the moving truck. Many of the chemicals found in laundry rooms can't be taken by moving providers, as they are flammable or dangerous to handle by residential movers

Some of the most common cleaning agents you can't put on a moving truck are:

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Glass Cleaner

Firearms and Ammunition

If you have a firearm in your home for protection, you must transport it yourself with a vehicle. Moving providers can't carry firearms or ammunition for legal reasons and will require you to handle the shipment of them.

For multiple weapons, you can work with a specialized shipping company to organize the transportation of your items. If you do plan on moving firearms yourself, it's important you confirm the laws allow you to cross state lines with the firearms and ammunition. 


Plants typically aren't allowed on moving trucks, because of the harsh conditions that are on the back of the truck. The constant motion and shifting of items will likely damage the plant during the relocation.

The best way to move plants is by bringing them to your personal vehicle with you. If you have large plants around the property, you can collect a portion of the plant to place on your new property. 

Garage and Sheds

Garages and sheds are typically used to store lawn supplies and gas-powered equipment. If you have lawnmowers, you should empty the gas tanks and storage containers. 

Along with gasoline tanks, you will need to dispose of any propane tanks used for grills or heaters. Many moving providers also request you don't bring any fertilizers or large fluorescent bulbs. 

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