Non-Allowable List

Packing Tips PDF

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important that you understand which items cannot be shipped because they represent a hazard or are perishable. Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to address prior to your pack and load dates.

Hazardous Materials – flammable, corrosive or explosive

Sterno Fire Extinguisher Household Batteries
Matches Aerosols Chemistry Sets
Kerosene Cleaning Solvents Darkroom Chemicals
Gasoline Ammonia Pool Chemicals
Propane/Propane Tanks Nail Polish Motor Oil
Fireworks Nail Polish Remover Car Batteries
Charcoal Liquid Bleach Fertilizer
Charcoal Lighter Paints (latex & oil-based) Pesticides
Ammunition Paint Thinner Poisons such as weed killer
Lamp Oils


Perishables – food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.*

Examples include:

  • Frozen Food
  • Refrigerated Food
  • Produce
  • Plants
  • Open or half-used foods or food without adequate preservation

* For shipments moving less than 150 miles and delivered within 24 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.Note: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.

Items of personal importance/sentimental value

This third category of non-allowables can create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. We suggest that irreplaceable items and\or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your shipment. One way to avoid having these items packed unintentionally is to lock them in your car during the move.

Examples include:


Airline Tickets Certificates of Deposit Prescription Medicine
Spare Car Keys Stocks Computer Discs
Cell Phones Bonds Address Books
Passports Birth Certificates Credit Cards
Pagers IRAs Jewelry
Laptop Computers Financial Documents Family Photographs
Checkbooks Deeds Wedding Albums
Cash Car Titles School Records
Professional Files Medical & Dental Records Insurance Policies (Life/Auto/Home, etc.)
Stamp or Coin Collections


Packing Tips PDF