You’re getting ready to move and thinking about loading that moving truck. Are there items you can’t bring? What should you know as you pack your boxes? These are questions our customers ask us a lot, and for a good reason: knowing what you can and can’t put in a moving truck can be confusing. Fortunately, we’re here with some answers. This blog will discuss eight moving truck packing tips including what you can’t pack in the moving truck and what to do with them instead. Let’s dive in. 8 Items You Can’t Bring in the Moving Truck From pets to live plants, these are the eight main things we can’t pack into our moving trucks: 1. The lawnmower with gas Safety is one of our top priorities. Because of that, we can’t load your lawnmower into our moving trucks unless the gas has been drained. DOT regulations forbid us from hauling any flammable liquids. One option is to drain the gasoline from the tank, or you can always just run the lawnmower until the gas runs out. 2. Propane tanks Like lawnmowers, propane tanks present a fire risk in the backs of our trucks. We recommend trading in your empty propane tanks before moving and re-upping on fresh, full ones once you’ve successfully relocated. 3. Live plants Live plants need light, air circulation, and stable temperatures – none of which are present in the back of our moving trucks. To keep your beautiful live plants healthy and thriving, we recommend bringing them in your vehicle or shipping them to your new house with a parcel service. In addition, most states will not allow us to bring live plants from another state due to invasive species and bug issues (yes, all plants have bugs in them). 4. Open containers of food and perishable food items While open containers of food and perishable consumables aren’t dangerous in the same way gasoline and propane tanks are, they do spoil. As such, most movers won’t load them into trucks. If you’ve got open containers of food you’d like to move, we recommend planning ahead and loading some coolers up for moving day. Pack the coolers in your vehicle to get them to your new home safe and sound. 5. Open cleaning products Even though you use them daily, household cleaning products can be toxic or flammable. As a general rule, you can’t load any open cleaning products on a truck, including aerosols, bleach, detergent, ammonia, wood or furniture polish, or liquid cleaners. Leaking is one of the biggest with open cleaning products. The last thing you want is to have that bottle of bleach you thought was sealed tight leak out and onto your belongings while being moved. 6. Open chemicals Fertilizer, paint, varnish, and other common home maintenance items can be dangerous when loaded into the back of a moving truck. Because these items can be flammable or explosive, most parcel services won’t ship them either. Instead, we recommend using open products before leaving your old home or disposing of them per EPA guidelines. 7. Pets While it seems obvious that your pets can’t go in the moving truck, we have been asked to put them in the cab with our crews. If you’re moving pets, you’ll have to transport them in your private vehicle. Keep them safe during the transition by securing them in size-appropriate kennels or crates and helping them adjust to your new home gradually. 8. Valuables While you technically can pack high-value items on the moving truck, and the moving team at Gallo has the experience, equipment, and expertise needed to handle delicate or antique goods, we recommend keeping valuables like precious jewelry, wedding rings, and sentimental items with you. Transporting these items on your own will help assure you that they’re safe and easy to locate. If you’ve got large, high-value items to move, like furniture, heirlooms, or precious china, talk to our team about how we handle high-value items. We pride ourselves on treating your items delicately and going above and beyond to safely get them to your new home. Gallo Moving and Storage: Here to Make Your Upcoming Move Easy & Fast While there are a few items you can’t pack on the moving truck, there are many more items you can pack! Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, our team will work with you to pack your goods, protect your heirlooms and valuables, and make a plan for anything you can’t bring on the truck. Contact us today to learn more about our local- and long-distance moving services or request your moving quote.