What Not to Pack for Your Relocation

It’s not just moving your stuff, it’s moving your life. We want your belongings to arrive at your new home safe and sound. Unfortunately, that usually means leaving certain items behind. Being proactive in the planning and packing process can eliminate the risk for potential problems and save time along the way.


TEMS is a full-service moving and storage company headquartered in New Haven, CT. We offer a complete line of packing services and offer helpful hints for the do-it-yourself packer. Whether you choose to do the packing yourself or hire our professionals TEMS to pack your items for you, be aware that the following items cannot be transported on our moving vans.

  • Aerosol cans, regardless of content
  • Heating agents such as Sterno
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Any type of gas in bottles or tanks, including propane or oxygen
  • Paints, varnishes, solvents, thinners, and oils
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other household cleaning agents
  • Chlorine granules or powder
  • Muriatic acid (also called hydrochloric acid)
  • Auto batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Matches and lighters
  • Ammunition
  • Any other combustible product

In addition to hazardous materials, perishable items and those of personal importance are recommended for your own individual transport. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Frozen/refrigerated food
  • Produce
  • Open food items
  • Plants
  • Prescription medications
  • Stocks, bonds, and securities
  • Collections, such as coins and stamps
  • Insurance policies
  • Currency
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Other important documents

If you have any questions on what can or cannot be packed, contact TEMS headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut at (203) 936-8874. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.