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Don't Include These 13 Items on Your International Move

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Moving internationally can be much trickier than moving across town. Deciding what goes with you and what goes on the truck to be shipped could be confusing. So what should you ship and what needs more personal care when moving, and which items should you avoid packing altogether?

If you are making a list for your international move, here are the 13 items you should leave off the list:

1. Paint, paint thinner, or fingernail polish remover

2. Lighter fluid

3. Oxygen or propane containers

4. Fireworks

5. Matches

6. Gasoline

7. Chemicals of any kind

8. Firearms

9. Cash

10. Expensive or valuable jewelry

11. Important documents or family photos

12. Perishable food or food stored in glass jars/bottles

13. Prescriptions needed for immediate use



Hazardous materials are non-transportable since they put the driver, movers, and anyone else on board at risk—both physically and legally. Items such as paint, paint thinners/removers, anything flammable like matches and lighter fluid, anything deadly like firearms, or anything explosive such as gas tanks should all be left behind and purchased again once the move has been made.

Valuables and collectibles should be stored with you; this includes cash, rare items, anything of great personal or monetary value, important documents that can’t be replaced, or items that are needed immediately or in the case of emergency, such as prescription drugs. These should all be transported personally by the owner and not left up to international movers.

Food items, especially if they are perishable, should also be left behind because they can easily be replaced once you get to where you’re going. This includes anything in glass bottles or jars, since they can break or spoil during an international move and cause a mess the movers will have to deal with.

For more information on moving internationally, contact us today!



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