What Not To Put In The Moving Truck

Moving day can be stressful and long, even when everything goes smoothly. However, in the worst-case scenario, your belongings can become damaged while in transit, and you may find yourself digging through boxes to find an item that you suddenly and desperately need. In order to prevent either of these situations, or a number of similar situations, from occurring, there are a few things that you should not pack in the moving truck.

Valuable Jewelry and Collectibles

Any small and valuable items (either in terms of pure economics, or sentimental value) should be kept in a box that is separate from the rest of your items, especially if you are moving out of your state or internationally. While damage is definitely a concern, the primary reason that you should keep these items with you when you move is that doing so greatly reduces the chance of them becoming misplaced or stolen while in transit.

Important Documents

In a similar vein to the above point, the last thing you want to do is move to a new country and realize that you've packed your passport somewhere with all of your furniture. Keeping all of your important documents with you while moving ensures that you will not have any logistical nightmares develop while you are between houses.


Unlike the above two points, you don't want to move any wines in the moving truck with the rest of your belongings. Firstly, doing so creates the risk (at least with red wine) that the bottle will break in transit, and stain your clothes, furniture, and other items irreparably. Secondly, even if the bottle doesn't break, the exposure to temperature fluctuations and the potential that the wine may be left sitting in the truck for a few days before it is finally unpacked opens up the risk of the wine itself turning into vinegar.

Overnight Bag

Though not an actual class of item, you'll want to pack a bag full of all of the things that you'll need in your new home if your stuff isn't there when you are (or even if it is: if you get in late at night, it can be easier to just move a single bag into the house then to start unpacking after dark). This means packing a change of clean clothes, any toiletries that you may need, bedding, pet supplies, toys for the kids, and snacks or non-perishable and easily prepared food items.

Contact a moving service, like Mountain Moving Systems, for more help.