Do not transport hazardous, corrosive, explosive or flammable materials. This may seem obvious, but there are household items that you can pack in a moving truck without thinking they are dangerous. Some cleaning products, such as bleach, don't mix well with other cleaning products. However, perishable items that are still in the refrigerator or open pantry bins are not dangerous, as they perish, most carriers do not load them into their trucks.
This is definitely the case with a long-distance movement. Instead, you'll need to plan ahead for some refrigerators if you want to bring perishable goods to your new home. Food, including canned goods and products, make up the bulk of perishable goods, but some moving companies also group plants and animals into this group. They're a little out of place, but we've seen a lot of things in all our years of moving.
Hazardous materials are anything that can harm people, animals, or the environment. These can be physical, chemical or biological. DOT and other federal agencies have regulations for the safe transportation of hazardous materials, and they must be strictly adhered to. One advantage of packing and transferring your items without a moving company is that you have control over what is packed and what is not.
With an independent move, there is no regulation of prohibited items. However, it is still essential to securely transfer things that could cause injury or damage to your property. The way I see it, I would donate my cleaning supplies to a friend rather than risk those products spilling onto my valuables. Transporting a gallon of ice cream is legal.
Carrying a gallon of gasoline is not. And guess what? It's totally safe and legal to put that lawn mower in your moving truck, provided you empty all the oil and gas first.