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Ready To Move? Here’s 9 Things To Leave Behind

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Moving can already be a stressful time — keeping track of your belongings, packing everything up, and getting ready to move into a new place can sometimes be overwhelming. One of these challenges is knowing what you should and shouldn’t pack — the list is longer than you think! That’s why UF Movers is here to help you through every step of the way. Our team has seen it all; here are nine items not to pack when moving. Keeping these items out of the moving truck ensures that you and the people moving your belongings remain safe.

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Household Cleaners

When mixed with other chemicals in the back of the moving truck, household cleaners, such as bleach, can give off dangerous fumes and might even cause a fire. Keep in mind that temperatures in the back of a moving truck can climb high in a short period of time in Florida. Such high temperatures can lead chemicals to turn into harmful or even fatal gasses.


Perishable food as well as plants and other living things should not be packed away and transported in a moving truck because they can die or spoil. Foods that you shouldn’t pack include frozen foods, produce, open packages of food, and refrigerated food. Sealed packages of dry, nonperishable foods are generally okay to transport.

Lighter Fluid

This one is obvious, but dispose of any lighter fluid before moving. It is highly flammable, so in the back of a hot moving truck, it could combust and explode. Avoid packing this or other flammable materials for the safety of yourself and the truck driver.

Guns Or Ammunition

Another no brainer — don’t store firearms or ammunition in a packed box when moving; a deadly situation could arise if the ammunition reaches high temperatures. If you need to pack and transport ammunition or guns, only do so in a cool, air-conditioned vehicle. Also, be sure to keep the ammunition separate from your firearms.

Car Batteries

Car batteries are not suitable to transport in the back of a moving truck because they can leak and potentially become a fire hazard. Car batteries can cause injuries and burns to our moving personnel if they leak. Contact UF Mover Guys for more information about safety guidelines./p>


Documents, such as your marriage license, birth certificates, and financial records, should be kept with you when embarking on a move. However, less important papers are an unnecessary source of extra weight in the truck – consider storing or scanning them into your computer.


Though our moving crew is professional and trustworthy, we recommend you store your valuable items, such as cash, wills, deeds, jewelry, expensive electronics, and other valuables with you instead of on the moving truck.


In addition to lighter fluid, there are many other flammable items not suitable to pack in a moving truck, including the following.

  • Charcoal
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Aerosols
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint
  • Fertilizer
  • Acid
  • Propane
  • Fireworks

Miscellaneous Items

There are many other types of items you should keep out of the moving truck, including the following.

  • Car Keys
  • Photos
  • Files
  • Tax Records
  • Checkbooks
  • Medicine
  • Collections (Coins, Stamps, etc.)
  • Financial Statements
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