Moving Aids

LSU Moving Resource Center


Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important that you understand which items cannot be shipped because they represent a hazard or are perishable. Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to address prior to your pack and load dates.

Hazardous Materials – items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.
Examples include:
   Sterno Fire Extinguisher Household Batteries
   Matches Aerosols Chemistry Sets
   Kerosene Cleaning Solvents Darkroom Chemicals
   Gasoline Ammonia Pool Chemicals
   Propane/Propane Tanks Nail Polish Motor Oil
   Fireworks Nail Polish Remover Car Batteries
   Charcoal Liquid Bleach Fertilizer
   Charcoal Lighter Paints (latex & oil-based) Pesticides
   Ammunition Paint Thinner Poisons (such as weed killer)
   Lamp Oils      
Perishables – Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.*
Examples include:
   Frozen Food
Refrigerated Food
Open or half-used foods or food without adequate preservation
* For shipments moving less than 150 miles and delivered within 24 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.

Note: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.
Items of Personal Importance/Sentimental Value – This third category of non-allowables can create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. We suggest that irreplaceable items and\or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your shipment.
Examples include:
   Airline Tickets Certificates of Deposit Prescription Medicine
   Car Keys Stocks Computer Discs
   Cell Phones Bonds Address Books
   Pagers IRAs Jewelry
   Laptop Computers Financial Documents Family Photographs
   Checkbooks Deeds Wedding Albums
   Cash Car Titles Personal Video Tapes
   School Records Professional Files VCRs & Stereos
   Medical & Dental
Insurance Policies
(Life/Auto/Home, etc.)
Remote Controls for TVs/VCRs/Stereos
   Documents Pertaining to
Your New Home
Keys to Furniture, Safe, Home