How Heavy Should You Pack a Box?

Dec 24, 2014

No matter how far away or how close your move is approaching, when it comes to packing do not overload your box. As much as we want to get it over and done with, strategically and carefully packing a box will be well worth it. Besides, who wants to be that person that has a box come apart while walking up or even downstairs?  After all, the items you are moving have significance to you and the goal is to have your items arrive safely in one piece. So, how heavy should you pack a box? Let’s dive in and get you started on your packing.

Moving day

Making sure you have the right size box can be a MAJOR difference when packing.

Plan ahead

When planning your move, you want to have an idea of how many boxes you will need. You can get some helpful tips to help figure out How many boxes you need to move. If you’re at a center, you can pick up a handy packing planner checklist to give you an idea of how many boxes you will use. Or if you’re behind a computer, you can also use the interactive packing planner which is a great tool. Not only will it give you recommendations of how many boxes you will need for each room but also arrange a subtotal of the amount you can purchase online. Simple and easy! Although, one advantage of making a stop at your local U-Haul center, it will allow you to grab a few freebies of used boxes in case you did not already know. Yes, free!

Packing a box

Whether your move is a long distance move or in-town move, to ensure every item arrives in good condition, it all begins with how the items are packed and labeled. Thankfully, there are boxes that have been specifically designed for pretty much every household item. From sports equipment, to a flat screen television, kitchenware, books and so much more. Check out these 5 tips for packing a box and how simple the packing process can be.

Gross weight limit

Weight limit for a moving box

Maximum capacity 

One key thing to remember is to not stuff your box to maximum capacity. Most boxes have the gross weight limit which can be found at the bottom of the boxes. Understandably, when in the process of moving, it’s not the most likely spot you will check before packing your items, however, it is something good to know when it comes to packing fragile items as you use packing peanuts, bubble wrap or even packing paper.

Being able to physically lift your box may also be a way to determine how heavy is too heavy. If you feel you cannot lift the box, simply remove some of the items and place in another box. ***Please remember to bend your knees when lifting your box and don’t forget there are moving/lifting tools for loading/unloading your moving truck.

In case you ever wondered how tests have been done and want a visual, check out the durability video of how boxes are tested and how U-Haul boxes compare to their competitors. Happy moving!

How did you select the correct amount of moving boxes? What strategy did you use to determine if you box was far too heavy? Share in the comment section below.



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