Things to Not Pack When Moving [Guest Post]

movingAlthough it may seem strange to not pack something when you are moving to a new home or apartment, there are definitely things that should not be packed. There are certain occasions that arise that you will need things for emergencies as well as certain items that are better off left out of boxes. Here is a list of things that you’ll need to keep unpacked and either given away to friends, family, or charities, and some things to keep on hand while moving to a new place.

Perishable Food

Hopefully by the time you are moving your fridge and freezer have been mostly emptied of food and your pantry emptied of opened boxes and containers of food. If not, you will have to find some way to get rid of it: either by eating it and sharing it with friends and family or by donating the unopened containers to charities or others who want it. In a moving truck, the perishables will spoil and melt on the way (unless it’s a very short move within a city) so it’s best to just get rid of these things and buy new food items when you get to the new place.

Overnight Bag and Toiletries 

An item that would be great to have with you as you are moving is an overnight bag just in case of emergencies. You never know what will happen and some unforeseen incident could delay your move making it so you can’t move in to your home as you had planned. Keeping your toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, spare clothes, pajamas, prescriptions, and other necessary items on hand is good just in case something happens.

It’s also helpful to have an overnight bag packed for when you get to your new place. If it was an extremely long trip, you may just want to rest for the rest of the day or night. If you don’t want to start unpacking right away, you have at least a night to take a break because you have your overnight bag ready!


Along with your overnight bag and toiletries, it’s a good idea to have your valuables close at hand while you are moving. Although you would never expect it to happen, your valuables can get stolen by those you would least expect it. Make sure to keep your jewelry, stocks, collections, birth certificates, and social security cards nearby. A good rule to remember would be if insurance can’t replace the item, then you should keep it with you during your move.


Plants are also a thing that you shouldn’t pack with your other items; they should each have their own box. Before moving your plants, you should check your new state or country to see if they are allowed. Some plants are not allowed through customs and can be taken away. If you can bring your plant and if it’s really nice, it’s good to wrap the inside of a box with plastic and bubble wrap so the plant doesn’t shift during your move. Put them in the backseat of your car, and when you get to the new place make sure you take them out immediately and give them water, plant food, and sun.

Hazardous Substances 

Major items to not pack are items that are hazardous or dangers. This would include aerosol cans, alcohol, ammunition, household cleaners, nail polish, and flammables like charcoal, matches, and lighter fluid. For most moving companies these are on non-allowable lists that movers won’t transport. All of these items are too dangerous to move and should either be thrown away, used up before moving, or you could have them shipped to your new home separated from the other items that you are moving.


Carlee Quintas

Carlee loves listening to music and keeping updated on green energy living and environmental issues. She recently just moved to a new city and is looking forward to meeting new people and going on adventures.

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7 Responses to Things to Not Pack When Moving [Guest Post]

  1. It is a great article with lots of useful information and valuable tips. I just wanted to add some more things which I suggest not to pack. I am talking about some dangerous goods such as gasoline, batteries and liquid bleach. You should rather give them to your neighbours or friends instead of risking taking them with you.

  2. Juanita says:

    My family and I actually just moved only two months ago and the stress from that experience (having to get everything washed, sorted, packed, organized, thrown away, steam-cleaned, folded and then UNpacked all over again) still has me reeling. I never want to have to make so many stops between two places ever again. But, one thing that made ALL of the difference was making sure that we set aside something to sleep in at the end of the day and something to wear once we woke up.

    We did what we could as far as setting our kids new room up and stuffing fresh food into the fridge. But, my husband and I don’t even remember how we fell asleep that night….we just remember waking up lol. So, having some loose, comfortable pjs’s in easy reach was a life (and time) saver. And being able to skip the annoying “now, which box has my underwear in it??” search made us feel like we actually had control over the situation.

  3. Yep. I always make it a point to get rid of perishable goods when packing.
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  4. Dewald says:

    Good advice as we are in the process of looking for a new home and want to move soon.

  5. Aaron

    We took a trip down to Florida, and my youngest decided that he wanted to keep a crab claw he liked from dinner. The van smelled like rotten shellfish for 2 days, lol.

    Thanks for the great tips!

  6. Thank you so much for this post! Next week I am going to move out of my apartment and I am so excited. I have already started with the packing process but I still have little troubles. Thank you for the advices! You helped a lot!

  7. alex

    A removal man would say do not pack the kettle or biscuits but at least label this box if you do. But make sure keys are not packed and think what other essentials you will need in the first few days following the move.

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