Whether you’re hiring a moving company or moving yourself, there are several items that you should not plan on moving in the moving truck. These items fall into two categories:
- Items most moving companies have rules against putting in their trucks, and
- Important items that you’ll want to make sure you have with you at all times.
For various safety and insurance reasons, most moving companies cannot or won’t move the following items in their moving trucks. You’ll want to make sure you make plans ahead of time to either find another way to transport them, or get rid of them before moving day.
- Gasoline: You can use up the last of your gasoline either with one last mowing of your lawn or put it in your car’s tank. Just make sure that come moving day, all gas containers and lawn equipment are empty.
- Any other liquids: This includes gardening chemicals, cleaning chemicals, and any foods or drinks with liquids or frozen items that may melt.
- Batteries: Any and all batteries, whether for cars, remote controls, or anything in-between, should go in your car with you.
The second category, of items you’ll want to keep with you in your vehicle, include any personal, valuable, or irreplaceable items as well as anything you’ll need immediately after arriving at your new home.
- All important papers and documents: Things like birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, financial records, etc. are best kept with you for the move, particularly if it’s an interstate move, as you may need these documents before the moving truck has arrived or unloaded.
- Jewelry, family heirlooms, etc.: Anything expensive or irreplaceable should ride in the car with you.
- Perishable food or open food: In the days leading up to your move, try to eat your leftovers and open food, and get your fridge and freezer as close to empty as possible. You’ll probably want to either throw out anything left or bring it in your car in a cooler instead of putting it in a hot moving truck.
- Sheets and pillows: After a long day of moving, the last thing you want is to be searching through boxes when you’re exhausted, looking for everything you need to sleep.
- A suitcase with a day or two of clothing: Just like the sheets and pillows, your bathroom necessities and your clothing are not things you want to be searching for before everything is unpacked. Fill a suitcase as if you were going on vacation for a few days, and you’ll be set.
- Pet food: Unless you plan to shop when you first arrive to your new home, your pets will appreciate knowing they don’t have to wait for dinner!
- Medications: Make sure that any prescriptions or supplements you take on a daily basis are close at hand.
- Chargers: Moving is a big deal, and you’ll want to be sure you can keep your phone charged in case you need to make any calls.