Leave it out – what not to pack in the removalist truck

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Sold the house? Check. Booked your trusty Perth removalists? Check. Next on the agenda – packing! We automatically tend to just get right into it, but before you do, have you considered what not to pack?

There are definitely some things you should hold off on, especially if you’re hiring removalists to do the job for you. Some could pose danger or damage to yourself, your helpers and your property. While other items may need to be easily accessible.

Hazardous and dangerous materials

Did you know there is a Dangerous Goods Act that prevents you from transporting materials considered to be of high risk, regardless of whether you’re using a professional removalist to do the job for you?

This includes materials that may be flammable, explosive or corrosive such as:

  • Motor oil
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paints
  • Car batteries
  • Fuels

Whether you’re moving interstate or just in Perth, your removalist should have a full list of what can and can’t be transported safely.

Personal documentation

Always keep important documents safe and separate from your packing boxes. These include passports, birth certificates, documents related to your move or the sale of your house. You’ll want to avoid hunting around for that one document you need, amongst the abyss of boxes surrounding your living room. It’s also a good idea to photocopy your important documents, just in case the originals do go missing.

Sentimental items

It’s those things you simply couldn’t live without. Possessions, that holds special meaning to you, such as a family heirloom, photo albums and other irreplaceable belongings.


Whether it’s prescribed medicine you use on a daily basis, or items such as first aid kits, epi-pens and asthma inhalers to name a few, you should always have these on hand in case the need strikes.


Imagine the damage you could cause to your furniture or other belongings if you had something go rotten or spill out. Where possible, avoid taking any perishables with you, especially if you’re moving interstate.

Overnight essentials

It’s also handy to set aside a box for your essentials, which you can just take with you in the car. Consider the things you may need on your first night. The last thing you want to be doing after a full day of moving is rummaging around!

If you’re unsure about any items you want to pack, consult your removalist and they’ll provide the best advice for safe and proper removals.