Mover’s Guide: What’s Allowed on the Truck & What’s Not

If you are not used to moving and you haven’t done it as frequently as others, you may have some confusion as to things you are allowed to take on the moving truck and things you should pack in your own vehicle. It’s not uncommon for people to second guess themselves when packing up boxes and hauling them away to a new home or new office space. Luckily, our Mesa movers can help dispel some of this confusion and hopefully get you on your way to a successful long distance or local move. Here are a few things you should consider when packing, and what is and isn’t allowed on your moving truck:

A to Z Valleywide Movers Mover's Guide_ What's Allowed on the Truck & What's Not

What Is Allowed?

When you are moving, it is essential to find a Mesa Moving company that allows as many things on the moving truck as possible. Lots of moving companies will provide you with any information you need, but it’s still good to get any other info you can find through other sources just to be absolutely sure before you start packing things for the truck.

The allowable list for movers is pretty simple. Is it furniture, clothing, kitchen utensils or any other generic item that can be easily transported? Then it is almost certainly allowed on the truck with little to no regulation. Depending on your moving company, you might want to make sure that the things you think are allowed are actually allowed.

What Isn’t Allowed?

Although there are plenty of items allowed on the truck when you are moving, either long distance or locally, there are still a vast majority of some items that you should either transport yourself or dispose of before you start packing for your move.


Perishable items are especially not allowed when you are going through a long distance move. That is because the chance that your items will arrive intact is very slim. Moving companies also don’t generally take perishable items because they can often attract pests, and the last thing you want is for bugs and rodents to situate themselves in literally all of your belongings. These items may include frozen food or open food products, refrigerated food and produce, and this may sometimes even include your regular house plants. These items may vary depending on the Mesa long distance moving company you choose or the size and scope of your move. So make sure you ask your Mesa movers before you throw everything out.

Hazardous Materials or Chemicals

Other items that shouldn’t be allowed on the truck are any flammable or hazardous materials or chemicals. Surprisingly, this can include harmless sounding items such as fertilizer. Some of these items may be corrosive as well. The exclusion of these items on your moving truck are for your safety, the safety of your things, and the safety of the movers. Some of these hazardous materials may include nail polish remover, lighter fluid, fire extinguishers, fireworks, kerosene, motor oil, household batteries, cleaning solvents, weed killer, paint and paint thinner, ammunition, and much more. If you have an excess amount of these items and your moving company doesn’t allow them on the truck it’s best that you either transport them yourself, or simply dispose of them and replenish your supplies once you are in your new location.

Personal Items

This may seem like a strange one to include, but it’s an important one nonetheless, and it typically involves sentimental items – irreplaceable ones. The reason for excluding these items is because moving companies usually want to limit their liability, and carrying important items might cause them more stress than it’s worth. If your important, personal, or sentimental items are lost or damaged during the move, it could mean disaster for both you and your moving company. Items that you should consider transporting on your own should include address books, keys, medical and dental records, photos and photo albums, medicine, jewelry, financial documents, computers, school records, professional files, and much more.

All of these items could be considered valuable, so it’s best to trust them with only yourself, or you could end up losing them no matter how trustworthy or reputable your moving company is.

When you need local Mesa movers to help you with your local or long distance move, consult with the professionals at A to Z Valleywide Movers. We offer a wide variety of moving services throughout Mesa and the Valley, including long distance and local moving services, in and out of state moves, storage services, packing and unpacking services, and much more. Contact the most reputable Mesa moving company, A to Z Valleywide Movers, today to find out more about all the items we allow and don’t allow on our moving trucks.


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Gilbert, AZ 85296

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