Movers Charge for Boxes - Avoid Extra Costs by Packing Items in a Box

What Items Should Be Packed in a Box?

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My sister recently moved and it was only after the movers arrived, did they tell her that she can’t use garbage bags to pack her child’s clothes. They insisted that she pack all clothing and pillows in the box, which they generously provided – for an extra charge. Find out which items should be packed in a box and items that you might think don't require a box before the movers arrive so you can avoid extra costs.

What Needs to Be Packed in a Box

The first rule is, if it can fit in a box, it needs to be packed in a box. Just because your child’s small bean bag chair is a chair, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be packed in a box. As my sister found out, this includes clothes, pillows, and small rugs. To help, here’s the complete list of items that you might think don’t belong in a box, but they do:

  • Clothes: Don’t use garbage bags – they rip too easily and can’t support other items. Pack clothes in wardrobe boxes or in larger moving boxes.
  • Shoes and Boots
  • Coats and Jackets
  • Pillows, Quilts, and Bedding
  • Small lamps and Lampshades: Find out how to pack lamps and pack lampshades.
  • Small to Medium-sized Rugs
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Electronic Equipment (radios, DVD players, stereos, speakers): Most electronic equipment should be packed properly, not only to help your movers move it safely but also to ensure that the equipment arrives in one piece. The one exception might be the TV. Ask your mover if they prefer the TV to be packed and if they do, contact an electronics store to see if they can supply you with an appropriate box.
  • Small Stools, Chairs, and Ottomans: Again, they need to be small enough to fit in a box, so stools that you use for your bar area don’t need to be packed. If in doubt, ask the mover.
  • Computers: Similar to other electronic equipment, you’ll want to make sure your computer is packed properly, which means finding a good, strongbox and ensuring the computer doesn’t move around inside it. Find out more about how to pack your computer.
  • Kitchen Equipment: All small appliances need to be packed in a box. That includes blenders, slow cookers, and deep fryers. Find out more about packing kitchen equipment.
  • Pots and Pans: Even large stock pots and cookie pans need to be packed in a box.
  • Pictures, Wall Hangings and Small Mirrors: To ensure pictures arrive safely, it’s a good idea to purchase specialty boxes. Find out how to pack pictures and frames.
  • Tools and Some Outdoor Equipment: Hand tools need to be packed in a box. If you have outdoor equipment that is small enough to fit in a box, box it: for example, small weed eater or shrub trimmer.
  • Toys and Outdoor Play Equipment: Pack all toys (no matter how big) into boxes, along with any outdoor equipment such as swings and wading pools.