Many professional moving companies include long lists of “non-allowable” items in their terms. These lists include things like perishable foods and hazardous materials, and the reasons that they are non-allowable are pretty obvious. The moving firms don’t want fires, explosions, toxic spills, or rotting food in their trucks and vans. Interestingly enough, when you look at what the best moving firms have to say about non-allowables, most also make a very surprising suggestion.

What is that? Among things they describe as not allowed you see many identify things like sentimental or personal items. Often noting that there are many things that are best taken along with you, personally, they list everything from wills and financial documents to tax records and car keys and photo albums.

This makes a lot of sense simply because accidents can and do happen and you don’t want to ever put someone else in charge of things like your stock certificates, gold or silver bullion, prized family documents and photos, and titles to cars or other valuable assets. These are things you really need to carry along with you, and which you should also document in a secondary way – such as filing photocopies of relevant documents somewhere safe.


In the modern era, one of the safest places that we store things like images and essential files or documents is not in the real world but in places like the “cloud” instead. Most of us know that we can safely and easily back up our computers and mobile devices by syncing them with some sort of online or cloud based technology. Doing this lets us have access to our most important information – even if something happens to the device or devices we might normally rely on.

So, if you are looking for a way to avoid the loss of things like treasured photos, your music collection, years of home videos, and critical files, take time to transfer backup copies of everything to your preferred service. While using physical storage such as freestanding hard drives – or even thumb drives with large amounts of storage – is also a good idea, these are not going to be as secure as a web-based provider.

Whether it is the list of contacts on your mobile phone, your login names and passwords for certain accounts, or those dozens of videos of the kids when they were much younger, you must back up your tech long before a move. Lots of people have tales of damaged or lost computers and drives, cameras that disappear during a move, phones ruined during a long journey to a new home, and all the rest. The worst part of these losses is the data that goes with them. You can avoid such an experience by taking the time to save copies of everything to cloud storage and then using it as you settle into your new home. Taking a few hours to handle this could make the difference between a bit of frustration over broken gear and enormous upset over loads of lost photos or critical documents.