What Are The Best Sizes For Moving Boxes?
The moving boxes and supplies you should have before you move!
- Small Moving Boxes – Small boxes can be used to pack heavy items and will make it easier to carry each box (i.e.books, magazines, photo albums, canned goods, hand tools, etc.).
- Medium Moving Boxes – Medium boxes are the most commonly used boxes, ideal for small appliances and other household items. (i.e. lampshades, microwave, blender, pots and pans, cups, electronics, and other fragile items)
- Large Moving Boxes – Use large boxes for light and bulky items such as pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, and seasonal clothes.
- X-Large Moving Boxes – X-Large boxes are ideal for bulky lightweight soft goods like comforters, large blankets, winter clothes, and oversized pillows.
What Supplies Should I Use To Pack Special Items?
- Heavy-Duty Boxes – Heavy-duty boxes are reinforced with thicker walls for heavier applications. These are ideal for packing and protecting electronics, book collections, and appliances.
- Wardrobe Boxes – A wardrobe box has a hanger bar integrated within the design so that you can transfer shirts, blouses, and suits directly from the closet into the box without folding or wrinkling your clothes.
- Flat Screen TV Boxes – Specially designed to provide added protection when transporting flat-screen TVs.
- Dish Pack Box / Kit – Dish pack kits are compartmentalized to accommodate dinner plates, salad plates, saucers, and bowls. Many kits include foam padding to enclose and isolate each piece to ensure safe transit.
- Mattress Bag – Great to keep your mattresses clean when being loaded into a moving truck or storage.
What Moving Supplies Will I Need?
- Bubble Wrap – A large roll of bubble wrap goes a long way on moving day. Bubble wrap can be used to enclose fragile items and to insulate voids along the sides of boxes to ensure your items make it safely to their destination.
- Furniture Pads – Use furniture pads to protect your furniture from scuffs and scratches.
- Packing Tape – Use clear tape, similar to the type you find in a Fed-Ex to keep your boxes from coming apart. Make sure you have plenty of it on-hand when packing the house.
- Packing Tape Dispenser – When taping a large number of boxes, you’ll want a proper dispenser to speed up progress. A tape gun will lay seams straight down and help you keep your fingers clear of a sticky mess when cutting.
- Box Cutter – You’ll come to appreciate a sharp box cutter when it comes time to unload. Make sure you have plenty of refill blades on-hand too. Tape, adhesive, and cardboard can dull your knife faster than you think.
- Hand truck/dolly – If you don’t already own a hand dolly, you can rent one at your local U-Haul dealer.
- Ratchet Straps – Use ratchet straps to keep tall and heavy furniture from shifting around in your moving truck. This will prevent heavy furniture from damaging items around it.
Moving Tip: Use Supplies You May Already Own
- Sandwich Bags – Using sandwich bags are great to use to keep screws and parts of things you disassemble such as bed-frames, dressers, and your entertainment center.
- Permanent Markers – Communicate with your movers by clearly identifying the contents inside each box. Mark your boxes with inventory, warnings, and special instructions for anyone handling them or as a personal reminder.
- Saran Wrap – Use saran wrap to hold furniture blankets/pads in place.
- Color-Coded Markers/Stickers/Post-It Notes – Use the color-coding system to help label and categorize where your boxes belong after you move in.
- Trash Bags – Can be used not only to throw out your waste but also for other great uses such as packing your closet.