What to Not Pack During a Move: Tips from Moving Companies in Chicago

Posted on: October 30, 2019 | by: Advantage Moving & Stroage October 30, 2019

Moving companies in Chicago give some advice on what you should and shouldn’t pack during a move

It’s time for your big move! If you are like most of us, you’re probably anxious to get as much stuff packed away in boxes as possible. While we applaud your initiative, not everything you have should be packed in a box. Some things can be damaged by packing them in a moving box. Here is a guide from moving companies in Chicago on what to not pack in moving boxes.


Bigger electronics like a TV or kitchen appliances should be fine packed up into boxes, but smaller things like game consoles, speakers, computers, laptops, and tablets/phones should not be packed up into moving boxes. These kinds of objects are fragile and dust build-up can damage them. Many electronics have lithium batteries which are a fire hazard as well.

Flammable/Corrosive Materials

You should also avoid packing any aerosol cans or any other containers where the contents are stored under high pressure. These can explode and in some cases, the contents of the can are flammable. Even a can of hairspray can become a small bomb if under the wrong circumstances. Other corrosive/flammable materials to avoid packing include ammonia, bleach, charcoal, harsh cleaning supplies, fireworks, paint, pesticides, and liquor.

Perishables (food/drink)

In general, you shouldn’t pack any food or drinks into moving boxes. While some foods like canned goods and dry ingredients like flour should be ok to pack, most food should be eaten or thrown away before you move. A loaf of bread, for example, will probably not survive your move. 

Expensive Memorabilia

Most moving companies in Chicago will not move items of high sentimental value as they are virtually impossible to replace. Some valuable items that should be kept out of the moving trucks include:

  • Jewelry,
  • Heirlooms
  • Money
  • Photos
  • Artwork
  • Collectibles

If you are looking for moving companies in Chicago, give Advantage Moving & Storage a call at 847-584-3908. Our full-service team of professional movers will work with you at every step of the moving process.