16 Oct


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What NOT to Pack

There are some surprising (and not so surprising) household items that you can’t bring with you in your moving van.

Check this list before you start packing and make sure you deal with these items safely. While you can’t take them with you, you can give away your leftover supplies of these items to friends, family and neighbours. Your municipality’s website should also have guidelines about how to get rid of any items listed below that you can’t get give away. Please note that none of these items should go in the garbage or down the drain.

Here are the items you can’t bring in your moving van.

1. Beauty Products

  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Aerosols (think hair spray or deodorants)

2. Cleaning

  • Cleaning solvents
  • Ammonia
  • Liquid bleach
  • Aerosol air fresheners

3. Garden Chemicals

  • Fertilizer
  • Poisons (such as weed killer)
  • Pesticides
  • BBQ: propane/propane tanks
  • Pool chemicals

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4. Garage Chemicals

  • Car Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint Thinner
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene

5. Miscellaneous Household Items

  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Lamp oils
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Batteries
  • Matches
  • Guns (including starter pistols)
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Paints (both latex and oil-based)

Why Can’t You Bring These Items?

Some of these items are poisonous, explosive or corrosive on their own, and others can combine with other chemicals to create dangerous substances.

You may be thinking, “If these things are so dangerous to move, how come I was able to bring them home in my car?”

Your movers have to consider worst case scenarios, like long distance travel along bumpy roads, long periods in vans that may get very cold or hot on the inside, and even road accidents that cause the van to overturn. As responsible professionals, your movers need to make sure that your belongings, van drivers and the general public are kept safe.

There are also laws to obey. In Canada, some materials are classified as Hazardous Materials (Haz-mat) under the Transportation act. These cannot be hauled by most movers because they don’t have Haz-mat certified drivers, placards and paperwork required to move these articles. Cassidy’s can provide hazarous materials transportation services if needed, but these require a lot of extra procedures and paperwork. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan when moving long distance.

A good rule of thumb to follow: when in doubt, leave it out. Especially if you’re trying to pack in a hurry.

The List is Different For Every International Move

If you’re moving to another country, keep in mind that every country has different items it will not accept. If you’re hiring Cassidy’s, no need to worry – your representative will walk you through all the rules and all the paperwork.

Not sure about something you want to move with you? Want to talk about local, long distance or international moving? Cassidy’s is here to help!

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