When moving long distance, not everything can be packed on the moving truck.

In most cases, Southwest Moving cannot transport perishable items such as produce, plants, frozen or refrigerated foods and open or half-used food containers. Exceptions may be made if your move is less than 150 miles and items will be delivered within 24 hours of loading with no in-transit servicing. These exceptions are made at the agent’s discretion and require food to be properly packed. Non-transportable items are a significant consideration when moving. These non-transportable items can range from hazardous materials to high-value items such as jewelry. Irreplaceable belongings such as family photos or sensitive documents should also be personally transported. It's important to recognize your belongings that should not be packed and moved to save undue stress or harm.

Many common household items are not safe for transport under any circumstances. For safety purposes, we cannot transport hazardous items, including explosives, flammable gases and toxic substances. If you are unsure, please refer to the items listed below.

List of Common Prohibited materials include:

    Not Allowed
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paints and paint thinners
  • Firearms
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Fireworks
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Propane cylinders
  • Automotive repair and maintenance chemicals
  • Radio-pharmaceuticals
  • Matches
    Other items not recommended for transport on the van include:
  • Food in glass jars and perishable foods
  • Prescription drugs needed for immediate use
  • Cash
  • Collections (i.e., coins)
  • Family photos
  • Important personal papers (i.e., deeds, wills)
  • Negotiable papers (i.e., bonds, stocks, certificates)
  • Jewelry
  • Moving documents


Take these non-transportable items into consideration when preparing for your move. Not only are the hazardous materials dangerous to your movers' and drivers' safety, but they are also things that can be easily purchased again at your new residence. It's best to keep your high-value items with you at all times during a move, as most of these belongings are expensive and/or irreplaceable. It's recommended not to transport food if you don't have to, and prescription drugs are best kept on your persons. Most of these items are likely to be found in your garage or with your household cleaning supplies, while others may be scattered throughout your house. If you have questions about a particular item, let us know! Keep in mind that these items are hazardous and must be disposed of properly to comply with federal, state and local laws and to protect the environment.