Are you making a move from coast to coast and wondering what you can pack in your boxes? Make sure to never pack any of these items, or your move won’t be as pleasant as you hope

Packing is one of the most difficult aspects of moving. If you don’t hire professionals, then you are responsible for the contents of your boxes. Knowing what can and cannot go in your cartons is difficult, and if you pack unacceptable items, you will make your life a lot more complicated, to say the least.

If you’re moving in Canada, make sure to never pack these items:

*Regulations may vary. Always check with professionals!*

Quick Note: It may be a pain, but non-allowable items are prohibited for good reason. Many items are hazardous to the safety of the driver and motorists on the road, and other perishable items will cause nothing but a big mess in the truck and even invite pest infestation.

Non-Allowable Items for Your Move

Flammable, Explosive, or Corrosive Household Goods

In general, goods that are flammable, explosive, or corrosive are not permitted. These are a danger to everyone, including motorists on the road who just happen to be driving near a truck. Some are obvious—others not so much.

Obvious Items

  • Guns and Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Matches
  • Gasoline

Not-So-Obvious Items

  • Yard Equipment with Fuel
  • Lamp Oil
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Paint
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Liquor

Perishable Foods

When moving, perishable foods are never permitted. There’s no real danger involved, but they could create a real mess in the moving process (literally). Foods that can go bad can’t go on the truck, so never pack frozen, fresh, or refrigerated foods, including fruits and vegetables.

Some moving companies, however, might accept canned goods. Make sure to check first and always make the movers aware of what you’ve packed in the boxes (this goes for more than just foods, too).


This is more common than you might think. Many homeowners become attached to their plants and want to bring them across country. Sadly, they are not permitted. Aside from not being able to survive days on end cooped up in the back of a truck, there’s also the threat of transporting parasites across country into new environments and risking an outbreak. If you’re moving long distance, it’s best to trust your plants to a new owner who will take good care of them.

Make sure to never pack any of these items while moving exceptionally long distances and to always consult with your moving company first. The responsibility of packing is on you. That is, unless you hire professional packers and movers to help you relocate across Canada!


    on your next move!