Planning a move means packing up just about everything in the house. But there are some things that should NOT go on a moving van. As a precautionary measure, make sure you don’t pack any of the following items to load on your moving truck:

1. VALUABLES — Bring your valuable and irreplaceable items like fine jewelry and family photos with you rather than sending them on the moving truck.

2. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS — Anything flammable, poisonous, radioactive, etc. should be used up, given away, or thrown out before the move. Common examples of hazardous materials are: nail polish remover, paints and paint thinners, propane cylinders, lighter fluid, gasoline, fireworks, oxygen bottles, auto repair and maintenance chemicals, and matches.

3. PERISHABLE FOODS — Fresh produce, opened containers, and food in glass jars should not be taken on the moving van as they will spoil or break. Give them to a neighbor as a thank you for all those borrowed eggs throughout the years, or donate them to a local food bank such as Second Harvest.

4. PRESCRIPTIONS — If you’re taking prescription drugs, don’t pack them away! Keep the bottles with you for immediate use, even if you’re expected to deliver within a few days.

5. FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION — We don’t recommend you transport your firearms on the moving van, and we absolutely will not move ammunition as it is an explosive hazard.

For everyone’s safety and peace of mind, make separate arrangements for the items listed above. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot pack, your Orange County Movers are here to help.