Which Are the Best Boxes for Moving?

Pick the best boxes for moving to make sure your belongings aren’t damaged.

Moving is stressful as it is. Choose the right boxes for your precious items to make sure you don’t have to worry about their safety during transit.

With so many types of boxes available, which ones do you choose?

Keep reading to learn about the best boxes for your next move.

The Best Boxes for Moving are Sturdy

When you’re getting ready to move, it’s easy to want to cut costs as much as possible. You may be tempted to try and get boxes for free from your local stores.

Instead of running to the grocery store, liquor store, or Craigslist for used boxes, take our advice and ask your moving company if they provide recycled moving boxes, or spend the extra money on new boxes.

With mover-provided gently used or new boxes, you know you have a solid product. You will need sturdy boxes with their structural integrity intact, and used boxes from your local store may not be sturdy.

You want to stick with boxes that are uniform in size. This will ensure that they can be easily stacked and packed into a moving van or your car.

For many people, environmental concerns are a factor when it comes to using new boxes. They feel better recycling used boxes. That’s understandable, and that’s why you should work with a moving company that takes its environmental responsibility seriously.

Most Common Types of Moving Boxes

There are dozens of different box sizes. These are the most common sizes for moving:


About 1.5 cubic feet—these boxes work well for books, small kitchen items, and canned items.


About 3.0 cubic feet—a versatile-sized box. You can put just about anything in these boxes, from toys to pots and pans.


About 4.5 cubic feet—this size is good for lighter, bulky items like clothes, bedding, and blankets.

Dish Packs

These come with dividers to house your bottles, glasses, dishes, and bowls safely.

Wardrobe Boxes

These are good to have if you have fine clothing or drapery items you don’t want wrinkled during your move. They are large, upright boxes that have a horizontal bar to hang and protect items.

The Best Boxes for Moving

The best boxes for moving will depend on what items you have. If you have a lot of books, some kitchen items, and clothes, then small to medium boxes are best.

Before you buy your boxes, assess your belongings. Decide what you’re taking with you and use the list above to decide which boxes you need for the move.

You want to be sure that you don’t overpack your boxes. Make sure that your boxes weigh less than 50 pounds. This will save your back when moving the boxes around after the movers leave.

Let Us Help with Packing and Moving

Packing and moving can be incredibly stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you choose the right moving company to help you at every step.

Meyer has more than 100 years of experience helping families move in the northeast.

Contact us for your free quote today.