How to Pack and Move Items Your Removal Company Can’t

As a removal company we are more than willing to assist you with all your packing requirements, however we are restricted in moving certain items on your behalf for health and safety reasons.

Some of these items cannot be moved by ourselves and as such you may still want to move these items by yourself to your new home. In this week’s blog we will look at how to safely pack these items.

Some of the items C2C Movers are unable to move
Image of Household Hazardous Materials

Typically, the list of items we are unable to move on your behalf includes anything that is hazardous, explosive or corrosive. Here is a guideline on what we CANNOT move for you:


High-value items such as jewellery

​Aerosol Cans

Irreplaceable Items


Liquid Fuels


Motor Oils


Paint and paint thinners

Cleaning supplies

Perishable Foods


Personal documents such as birth certificates and passports

Firearms and ammunition







Be sure to get a list of non-allowable items from your removal company so that you do not invalidate any moving insurance you have.

Below you will find a number of 'Tips' aimed to help you with sorting items that can and cannot be moved by your moving company. We have taken the liberty of providing a quick index guide below:

Tips on How to Pack Liquids when Moving Home

Tips on How to Move Flammable Liquids to your New Home

Moving Firearms and Ammunition to your New Home

Tips on How to Move Pets to a New Home

Tips on How to Move Plants to a New Home

Tips on How to Pack Jewellery for a Home Move

Tips on How to Pack Important Documents for a Home Move

Tips on How to Pack Paint for a Home Move

Tips on How Move Bottles of Alcohol for a Home Move

Tips on How to Pack Perishable Food for a Home Move

Packing Tips for the Other Items on your moving companies Prohibited List


Tips on How to Pack Liquids when Moving Home

Transport liquids in a plastic tote box rather than a cardboard box because if they leak (and they often do) any leakage the spill will not seep through the plastic as it would cardboard.

  • Remove the cap of the liquid container and place a piece of cling film over the neck opening. Then replace the cap securely.

  • Place liquid bottles in a zip lock bag.

  • Pack liquid containers upright and pad between each of the containers so that they cannot move about within the tote box.

  • Be sure to clearly label the box as containing liquids and which way up the box should be carried and stored.

Tips on How to Move Flammable Liquids to your New Home

The ONLY safe way of moving flammable liquids is in purpose made fuel containers. The HSE recommends the following size containers.

  • Plastic containers for up to 10 litres of fuel

  • Metal containers for up to 20 litres of fuel

  • If you must transport flammable liquids to your new home then: The containers should only travel in the boot of the car, not with the passengers in case of leaking fumes.

Ensure the containers are kept upright by wedging them securely or strapping them down.

Moving Firearms and Ammunition to your New Home (Not applicable to everyone but worth knowing)

As a condition of any firearms licence you must notify the Firearms and Explosives Licencing Unit of your local Police when you move home.

You need to ensure that your guns and ammunition are safely and legally moved to your new home

Here is a comprehensive list of contact details for Police Firearms Licencing Units in the UK. It is recommended that correspondence is through email so that there can be no misunderstanding of instructions or advice given.


Avon & Somerset:



City of London:




Devon & Cornwall:





Greater Manchester:


Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire:









North Yorkshire:




South Yorkshire:





Thames Valley:

Warwickshire & West Merica:

West Yorkshire:


Northern Ireland

Moving your firearm from point AtoB may mean having to leave your weapon in an unattended vehicle for a short space of time if you have a long journey to your new home. Norfolk Police offer this advice:

  • The firearm must be out of sight of passers-by

  • The vehicle must be locked at all times

  • If possible, the vehicle should be left in sight of the responsible person

  • Any vehicle alarm or immobilizer must be set

  • Where practicable an essential part of the firearm such as the bolt should be removed and kept in the possession of the responsible person

  • Where possible ammunition should be stored separately from the weapon and concealed from view.

Tips on How to Move Pets to a New Home

Save yourself and your pets’ stress. Keep them away from packing materials and out of harm’s way on moving day.

Moving home can be stressful not only for humans but especially for your family pets. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe and calm on moving day.

  • Keep pets away from rooms that you are decluttering or packing in.

  • If possible, arrange for pets to be at a boarding kennel on moving day. It will be less stressful and safer for everyone.

  • Locate and make a note of local vets in the new town you are moving to.

  • Change the registration details of pets that are microchipped.

  • Introduce your pets slowly to their new home.

Tips on How to Move Plants to a New Home

We know that home moves are stressful for humans and pets, but your plants get upset being relocated too. Here are some tips on helping plants cope with the upheaval of a home move.

  • Consider transferring small plants to plastic pots which are less likely to get broken in the home move.

  • If moving a number of small pots, put them in plastic tote boxes rather than cardboard boxes which can be damaged by any leaking water from the plant pots.

  • Keep the plants upright at all times.

  • Move garden pots out of the rain before moving day. They will be lighter to lift.

Tips on How to Pack Jewellery for a Home Move

Ensure you are adequately insured to cover your precious jewellery should the worst happen.

  • Egg boxes are great for transporting small jewellery items. Wrap each item in tissue paper and nestle into the egg cups.

  • Thread necklaces through straws to stop them from getting tangled.

  • Pill organisers are great for keeping earrings safe.

  • Old hard glasses cases are great for protecting your jewellery too.

Tips on How to Pack Important Documents for a Home Move

From birth certificates to driving licences, the loss of an important document can be not only expensive to replace but could also lead to identity theft. So, it is important when moving home to keep all your important documents safe.

  • Take photos or scans of important documents so that you always have a back-up copy.

  • Index your folders so you know exactly what is kept in them.

  • Plastic sleeves will help protect your precious documents from getting dirty

  • Concertina files are great as they have different compartments so that you can segment different categories of documents.

  • Keep your important documents with you at all times so that they do not inadvertently get loaded onto the removal van.

Tips on How to Pack Paint for a Home Move

Transfer part-full tins of paint to smaller containers. It will take up less space and the paint will not dry up so fast.

  • Decant paint to glass jars as they are easier to seal with screw top lids.

  • Tap around the edges of the tin rather than press on the centre of the lid to seal a paint tin. This prevents the lid from warping and creates a better seal.

  • Only transport in plastic totes boxes because if there is a spillage the plastic will stop any liquid seeping out onto your other items.

  • Pack paint close together or with padding to prevent them from moving about whilst being transported.

Tips on How Move Bottles of Alcohol for a Home Move

Although it might be tempting to empty all your alcohol before you move, that might however not be the best for your health. So if you do plan to take your Alcohol to your new home, here are some tips for doing so.

  • Pack in at least 2 ply cardboard boxes.

  • Pack a maximum of 6 bottles in each carton as it is easier to handle and there is less chance of breakages.

  • Use padding between each bottle so that they do bang against each other when being moved.

  • Transport bottles in an upright position only.

  • Clearly label the boxes as glass, bottles, fragile, this way up.

Tips on How to Pack Perishable Food for a Home Move

You should plan on using up or donating any perishable food before moving day. However if you still wish to move your perishable food, heres some tips.

  • Transport food in airtight plastic containers or zip lock bags.

  • Use a cool box or insulated freezer bag to keep food cool and fresh.

  • Never keep food within the freezer or fridge that will be in the removal van.

  • Be sure to seal any bottles securely to prevent spillages

Packing Tips for the Other Items on your moving companies Prohibited List

Fertilizers – Place the sack of fertilizer inside extra thick garden waste sacks and seal securely.

Gas – Keep bottles upright and out of direct sunlight. Wedge or strap down in the vehicle so that they cannot move about in transit. It may be more cost effective to return your gas bottles and get new ones in your new home town.

Batteries – Should be kept upright, securely held in position, and out of direct sunlight. Do not transport within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Cleaning supplies – Follow the packing instructions for liquids to ensure there are no spillages. Keep away from direct sunlight and ventilate the vehicle in case of fumes.

Fireworks – Transport only in metal boxes away from sources of ignition.

It should be said that the reason that the majority of these items cannot be moved by a removal company is that they are hazardous not only to the removal crew but to the other items you intend to move to your new home.

Therefore, you should seriously consider whether you really need to take them with you. In most cases, it will be cheaper and easier to just replace the items when you get to the new home.

Consider the costs, damage, and inconvenience if just one tin of paint were to spill open in the back of your car and cover your document file in gloss white paint.

The final consideration is that your insurance may be invalidated if you attempt to ‘smuggle’ any prohibited items onto the removal vehicle and there is an incident.

Better to be safe than sorry. Have a safe move.

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