What You Should & Should Not Pack When Moving

Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming process, especially when it comes to deciding what items should and shouldn’t be packed. Whether you’re moving within the same city or across the country, it can be difficult to decide what to take and leave behind. Keep reading to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t pack when moving.


Given below is a list of some essential items that you must carry when moving to a new place.

Chargers & Spare Batteries

When packing for a move, it is important to ensure you have all your chargers and spare batteries. This includes any chargers for your cell phone, laptop, tablet, camera, and any other electronics you may have. It is also important to have spare batteries for any items that require them. You don’t want to be without power for any of your devices during the move. Bringing spare cords and cables for your electronics is also a good idea, as these can easily be misplaced during a move.

 Basic First-Aid Kit

A basic first-aid kit should be packed when moving so that you are ready for any potential medical emergencies. Basic supplies like bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, antihistamine tablets, aspirin, and other over-the-counter medicines should be included in the first-aid kit.

 Ready-To-Eat Food

Ready-to-eat food is important because it allows you to have something to snack on or to eat quickly between meals. It also helps to ensure you are not spending too much money on eating out.

 Important Documents

It is important to keep your important documents safe during the move. Please make sure that your documents are stored in a secure place, away from any potential damage or theft. If you are using a professional moving company, ensure they know your documents and take extra care to protect them during the move. Having all of your important documents in one place also makes it easier to find them when you need them. This also helps to ensure that you have all the documents you need in case of an emergency or if you need to access them for any other reason.

 What You Shouldn’t Pack

Here are the things that you should avoid packing during the move.


When moving, packing flammables is a dangerous decision that could potentially put you, your family, and your belongings at risk. Flammable materials can ignite very easily and can cause a great deal of damage and destruction in a very short amount of time. They can also create toxic fumes that can be dangerous to breathe in.

 Garden Chemicals

If garden chemicals are improperly handled, they can be extremely dangerous and pose serious health risks. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers are some of these chemicals. Some toxic chemicals and toxins they may contain can cause cancer and even be fatal when inhaled or ingested. These chemicals can also become unstable and explode if exposed to extremely high temperatures.

Cleaning Solvents

Cleaning solvents are highly flammable, which makes them a significant fire risk when being shipped and packaged. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can harm human and animal health when released into the air during transportation, are another component of many cleaning solvents. In some cases, the fumes from these solvents can even corrode and weaken plastic or metal storage containers, leading to leakage, contamination, and potential damage to your belongings.

New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association – njmovers.com

Blog Submission: Karen Mantzouranis, Main Street Movers., NJWMA Vice-President.


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