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These Three Things Should Not Go on a Moving Truck in Ontario

A few things should not go on a moving truck; these three sorts of items are better taken in your vehicle. In a windowless moving truck, summer heat poses combustion concerns, foods may spoil, and keeping special items in your car ensures they don’t get lost during the unpacking.

Choosing to err on the side of safety by not putting the following items on the moving truck eliminates any concerns of life-threatening accidents, chemical combustion, and food spoilage. In unexpected circumstances, like your moving truck sitting on a highway for many hours due to traffic delays or during a long-distance move, its cargo box, devoid of refrigeration, can become overheated during the summer months.

Read A-Zip’s Moving Tips before your next move.



Three things should not go on a moving truck:

  • Substances that are combustible, flammable, explosive, or corrosive 

  • Perishable food items

  • Professional documents and irreplaceable valuables




Do not put combustible, flammable, explosive, or corrosive substances on a moving truck:

  • Linseed oil-soaked rags can self-combust and cause many destructive fires. Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil, has been used for many years as an environmentally natural and hardworking household cleaner; however, most people are unaware that it is highly self-combustible. 
  • For this reason, always keep a tight lid on a linseed oil can in a cool place and never leave the can where it can overheat, causing the oil to heat and combust.
  • After using this oil, air dry the rags apart from each other and place any rags in a lidded metal container to eventually be delivered to a hazardous waste treatment site. 
  • Never throw wet rags into the garbage or, of course, the toilet. Local wastewater treatment plants cannot remove chemicals from our wastewater before returning it to our rivers and lakes. See The City of London’s Water and Environment page for more information
  • Alkyd resins, hair sprays, paint aerosol cans, rubbing alcohol, and fire extinguishers fall under the heading of products that should be carefully transported away from each other.  
  • Flammable and volatile liquid solvents like gasoline and acetone (nail polish remover) should also be transported in tightly sealed containers and kept away from any heat, including in a hot basement, garage, or back of a hot moving truck during the summer. It is the vapours they give off that are flammable.


Do not put perishable food items on a moving truck:

  • Perishable food items like meats, dairy products and fruits and vegetables should not go on a moving truck. The effects of summer heat in the moving truck box can spoil your food. If you know you are moving briefly during the winter, your frozen foods can be stored on the moving truck.
  • Frozen foods do well wrapped in newspaper and packed tightly together in a cardboard box in your vehicle.
  • Liquids that should remain cold are transported best in insulated picnic coolers.


Do not put professional documents or irreplaceable valuables on a moving truck:

  • Personal or professional documents, cash, and government records should be watched over personally, if for no other reason than it’s one less thing to keep track of during the unloading and inevitable shuffling of boxes afterward. 
  • My mother gave away a box of family treasures to a second-hand store when Dad grabbed the wrong donation box. Keeping the important stuff close to you allows you all the control.
  • Historic photo albums, irreplaceable jewellery items, medications, and medical devices fall under the heading of things you’ll feel better about knowing exactly where they are.
  • If you are leaving them on the moving truck, you might consider marking your important boxes completely with brightly coloured duct tape and ask the moving team to keep them stored together on the truck.


Contact or Request A Quote from A-Zip Moving & Cartage Inc. with any questions about your long-distance or within London, ON move.



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