Four Types of Things Not to Bring on Your Cross-Country Move

22 June 2016
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When planning a long-distance move between states, there are many things you should take into consideration to ensure a smooth trip. When packing, you'll need to carefully sort out and dispose of the things that can't be transported in the moving van. Some of these things you may be able to bring in your own car, but other things will need to be left behind, whether you get rid of them at a garage sale or give them away to a friend or family member. Here are four things you should think twice about including in your move.

1. Quarantined plants

Check the regulations of the state you're moving to before you start digging up your favorite flowers and vegetables to take with you. Many states have quarantines on entire groups of plants, such as citrus trees, and some states will even enforce their quarantines by stopping your vehicle at the border and asking if you have any plants with you. Houseplants are less likely to be quarantined, but it's still possible for a houseplant to be quarantined by a particular state. And even if you do take a few plants with you, don't try to put them on the moving truck; that is usually against company policy and may be against federal regulations as well.

2. Weapons

Firearms are, of course, one of the more closely regulated types of weapons, so if you wish to bring your guns with you, you'll need to check the regulations first and make sure the types of gun you own are allowed where you're going. Other self-defense weapons, such as stun guns, are actually illegal in certain states, so you'll need to give yours away to a relative or resell it online before moving.

3. Hazardous materials

Some of the dangerous things your movers won't transport include batteries, car batteries, aerosol cans (including hairspray cans), fire extinguishers, propane tanks, and more. If you have any of these items, you may be able to bring them along in your car (alternatively, some of them can be sent through the postal service), but we're guessing you won't have a lot of extra room in your vehicle for propane tanks and car batteries on your cross-country trip. Make a careful estimate of what you can fit in your car and what you can send through the mail, and then make a plan for disposing of the rest of these materials before you leave.

4. Hazardous substances

Like hazardous materials, these substances can't be transported in the moving truck because doing so would be against company policy and sometimes even illegal. These substances may include:

  • Household cleaners
  • Flammable substances
  • Explosive substances
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fertilizers

These four categories encompass items that might not be welcome in the state you're moving to and items that you can't move in a moving truck according to law or company policy. Check with your commercial mover for a complete list of items that they don't accept so you don't accidentally pack one of those items in your moving boxes and get in trouble with the company later.


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