Residential Moving

What not to pack: Tips for moving safety

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A guide to keep your belongings safe and secure

It’s common sense; you know you can’t pack everything, but sometimes it’s easy to forget. So keep these packing tips handy. Have a question about an item? Contact your move coordinator.

Check this list for security, safety, and peace of mind

JK is committed to delivering you a worry-free residential move. That’s why there are certain items we can’t load onto our trucks or place into storage, such as:

  • Cash
  • Jewelry
  • Credit cards, Social Security cards, and licenses
  • Legal documents such as deeds, wills, and car and home titles
  • Medical records
  • Irreplaceable mementos, such as photo albums

And some things should not make the move at all because they’re too dangerous to ship in trucks, air cargo planes, or shipping containers. Your move coordinator will help you find ways to store, personally transport, or dispose of:

  • Chemicals: acid, ammonia, antifreeze, bleach/cleaners, chemistry sets, cleaning fluid, essential oils, house paint, nail polish/remover, paint thinner, pesticides, and weed killer.
  • Flammables and Explosives: aerosols (hairspray, room deodorizer, household cleaner), ammunition, butane (camping stoves, cigarette lighters) charcoal, candles, e-cigarettes, fireworks, gas or oils (cooking, bath, or massage oils; lamp or motor oil), matches, oxygen containers, propane tanks or cans, and welding gas.
  • Hazardous Items: batteries (including lithium, car), fertilizer, fire extinguishers, and hoverboards.
  • Open/Perishable Items: items with excessive odor, open alcohol containers, open containers of liquid, non-sealed food containers, perishable foods, and prescription drugs.

For a smooth move, consider this move checklist:

  • Heavy Items: Ensure proper handling of heavy items.
  • Moving Box: Use sturdy moving boxes for secure packing.
  • Bubble Wrap: Safeguard fragile items with bubble wrap.
  • Moving Supplies: Gather packing tape, markers, and other supplies.
  • Pack for a Move: Organize and pack systematically.
  • Packing Boxes: Label boxes with contents and destination rooms.
  • Storage Bags: Utilize bags for items like clothing on hangers.
  • Start Packing: Begin packing well in advance.
  • Moving Day: Plan and coordinate for a smooth moving day.
  • Packing Supplies: Ensure you have all necessary supplies.
  • Fragile Items: Handle and pack fragile items with care.
  • Clothing on Hangers: Use specialized boxes or bags.
  • Moving Company: Consider hiring professional movers.
  • Packing Checklist: Follow a packing checklist for organization.
  • Trash Bags: Keep trash bags for quick cleanup.

Here’s a handy flyer you can download or print to remind you of our packing tips for safe moving.

Do Not Pack Guide for safe moving