Moving Day Equipment Essentials

Nothing is worse than scrambling around, delaying a smooth move because of a lack of equipment and supplies. Luckily, planning ahead is as easy as stepping into your new home. Deciding what moving day equipment and supplies you need comes down to evaluating your belongings. This list helps ensure you have all the necessary moving day equipment you need!

moving day equipment essentials

Truck Sizes

One of the most helpful and important parts of your moving day equipment is a moving truck. To illustrate the best way to choose your moving truck size is to assess how many rooms are in your current home.

  • A 10’ truck is recommended for a studio or one-bedroom apartment.
  • A 15’ truck is suitable for both larger one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom homes/apartments.
  • Specifically, a 20’ truck is suggested for a 2-3 bedroom home.
  • Lastly, bigger family moves including 3-4 bedrooms are best moved in a 26’ truck.

If you’re still unsure about the right size for your move, watch a
20′ truck being loaded in this video.

Other Fleet Options

Other factors can influence your decision when it comes to choosing the size of your moving truck. If you are moving to or within a city, parking spots could be hard to come by. In this case, renting a cargo van or a pick-up truck may be better options. In addition, pick-up trucks offer open beds to strap down your larger, bulkier items (such as furniture or appliances). Just make sure you have the right tie-downs and straps while transporting items. Cargo vans are both spacious (a queen mattress can easily fit at a 45-degree angle) and completely enclosed to protect fragile cargo. Considering these factors is an important step in preparing for moving day. As a result, choosing the right transportation saves a lot of time and stress, making your move easier.

list of moving day equipment including trailers and auto dollies


For those who have more or less than a truckload to move, a trailer can be added to tow easily behind any vehicle with a hitch. There are a wide variety of trailers offered to suit many different types of moves. Cargo trailers are enclosed (with a built-in lockable latch) to protect your belongings from the weather and road grime. Here are some different sizes to choose from:

Furthermore, utility trailers of multiple sizes are available with open tops to allow tall or odd-shaped items to be transported. There are various sizes, with ramp options.

Additional equipment is available if you have personal vehicles and motorcycles. With these options, you don’t need to leave anything behind. Here are some vehicle utility trailer options:

Moving Supplies

Work smarter, not harder during your move and add dollies to your list of moving day equipment. Using dollies speeds up load time and saves your back the stress of heavy lifting. Add these handy tools on to your reservation or rent them individually at a U-Haul location. There are three types of dollies to choose from including:

  • Utility dolly: a great all-purpose tool that’s easy to use on ramps
  • Appliance dolly: best for moving refrigerators, washers, and stoves
  • Furniture dolly: great for heavy-duty furniture

Along with dollies, furniture pads are a great additional moving supply that prevents scratches and dirtying of your belongings when transporting them. As a result, your items will arrive at your new home in good condition.

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In conclusion, moving day is a breeze when you prepare! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more moving tips and tricks!