What You Can’t Put on a Moving Truck and Why


You’re in the midst of a big move, and you’ve got everything planned out. On moving day the truck arrives, but you find out you’ll have to find another way of transporting a few of your things. Whether you are using professional moving services or packing up the moving truck yourself it’s important to become familiar with what can’t be loaded in.

Here’s a quick list of what can’t be put on a truck and why.



Any items that could possibly ignite are strictly prohibited, because of the danger they pose. Should a fire start in the back of the truck not only does it pose a threat for the people driving, but there’s also a good chance it would destroy everything inside.

  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Lighter fluid
  • Paints and stains
  • Paint thinner
  • Matches
  • Acetone / Nail polish remover
  • Motor oil
  • Oils
  • Kerosene
  • Adhesives
  • Nail polish
  • Varnish
  • Alcohol


Explosives and Combustibles

Anything that is combustible is off limits for obvious reasons. These include:

  • Fireworks
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Ammunition / Firearms
  • Propane tanks
  • Hair sprays
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Engine fluids
  • Fire extinguishers


Perishable Items

Perishable items that are still in the fridge or open containers from the pantry aren’t dangerous, however because they perish most movers don’t load them up on their trucks. Instead you’ll need to plan ahead with some coolers if you want to bring perishables along to your new home.

Food, including canned goods and produce, make up the bulk of the perishable items, but some movers also lump plants and animals into this group.



Even regular housecleaners can be toxic, flammable or hazardous. Because these sit under or kitchen or in the garage it can be easy to forget that in certain situations cleaners can be dangerous.

  • Aerosols
  • Bleach
  • Detergents
  • Liquid cleaners
  • Air fresheners
  • Ammonia
  • Furniture / Wood polish


Plants and Animals

Living things whether they’re plants or animals don’t belong on a moving truck. Some moving companies may allow some plants on shorter moves. However, any moves across state lines are usually out of the question due to regulations. Not to mention plants need sunlight and water, even a day without either can be detrimental.


High Value Items

Moving high priced and priceless item are best left to owners. Keep the following in your possession during the move:

  • Jewelry
  • Family photos
  • Cash
  • Sensitive documents
  • Prescription drugs
  • Collections / Collectibles
  • Contracts and negotiable documents


Poisonous Materials

Anything that can be considered poisonous isn’t going to be allowed on a moving truck because of the threat that they pose to the movers. In addition to the cleaning materials mentioned above the following fall into this category:

  • Poisonous
  • Insecticides
  • Weed killers
  • Disinfectants


Hazardous Materials

These are a little off the wall, but we’ve seen a lot of things in seven years of moving. Hazardous materials are anything that can harm people, animals or the environment. These can be physical, chemical or biological. The DOT and other federal agencies have regulations for safely transporting these materials and they should be stringently adhered to.

Common hazardous materials include:

  • Corrosives
  • Carcinogens
  • Radioactive items
  • Flammables and explosives also fit in this category
  • Automotive cleaners and fluids
  • Acids


A good moving company will let you know well in advance if any of your items won’t be permissible on the truck and will help you figure out another way of getting them to your new home or office. Give Square Cow Movers a call to see how many things we’re capable of moving.


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