What to Put in Each Moving Box Size

When packing up your belongings, it is important to put items in the right moving box size. This will ensure that you don’t break your back trying to carry items and your belongings remain the most secure. For example, a larger sized moving box may have more space, but that doesn’t mean you should put more things inside of it. Each size moving box is designed with specific items in mind. Additionally, all U-Haul moving boxes are equipped with features such as handles for easy lifting and flat lock technology to make packing easier. Whether you’re storing, shipping or moving with your boxes, find out what you should put in each moving box size:

What to Put in Each Moving Box Size

Small Moving Box

A small moving box is best for small but heavy items. This box may be little but don’t let that fool you — it can carry up to 65 lbs! This is the place to pack small appliances, glassware, decoration or dense items like sheet sets. The dimensions of this size moving box are about 16 inches wide x 12 inches long and 12 inches deep so even though this box is sturdy it’s definitely not the place for your pots and pans or other larger to mid-sized kitchen items.

      • Books
      • Tools
      • Small appliances such as a clock or toaster
      • Canned Foods
      • Sheet sets
      • Movies
      • Records
      • Vases
      • Knick-Knacks

Medium Moving Box

A medium moving box is perfect for packing small household items. Although this box is larger than the small moving box it still has a carrying capacity of 65 lbs. This is to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself or your belongings by trying to carry too much at once and to fit slightly larger yet lighter items. Pack small to medium sized appliances in this box such as kitchenware as well as toys for your pets or children. The dimensions of this size moving box are about 18 inches wide x 18 inches long and 16 inches deep, making it just a little bit bigger all around than the small moving box.

  • Clocks
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Mixer and Mixing Bowls
  • Coffee Makers
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Tupperware
  • Other miscellaneous household items

Large Moving Box

A large moving box is designed to pack large, lightweight items. Make sure to not exceed 65 lbs of weight when packing your items understanding that this box has more space but is meant for bulky, light items. The dimensions of this size moving box are about 18 inches wide x 18 inches long and 24 inches deep giving you a little extra depth for taller items compared to the medium moving box.

  • Lampshades
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Board Games
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Pillows
  • Clothing
  • Towels and Linens

Extra Large Moving Box

An extra-large moving box is perfect for large, bulky items much like the large moving box. It’s also great for seasonal clothing to place in storage. The dimensions of this box are 24 inches wide x 18 inches long and 24 inches deep. The added inches to the width of this box make a big difference in packing space for the fluffiest of pillows.

  • Comforters
  • Pillows
  • Seasonal Clothing
  • Towels and Linens
  • Stuffed Animals

Specialty Moving Boxes

In addition to small – extra-large moving box sizes, U-Haul offers boxes specifically designed for various items. This is perfect for some of the items that don’t quite fit right in a traditional moving box size or need a little extra protection. For example, are your books especially precious to you? Fear not, there is a box for that. This box is also the perfect size for packing records if music is your real passion. On the other hand, maybe you’re more of a sports person and need a sport utility box to pack up your golf clubs. Whatever you are looking to pack, trust me, there is a box to fit your needs.

All of these U-Haul moving box sizes fit UPS and FedEx shipping requirements and can be reused, or returned to a take-a-box leave a box for someone else to reuse or recycle.

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