Choosing boxes for your next move is important, because they need to be strong and able to withstand the moving truck, movers and travel. Since we are in the business of shipping and hear horror stories of boxes getting smashed (or worse!), we want to give you a few tips to prevent this from happening to you.
1. The most important thing to remember is to purchase strong ‘moving’ boxes.
If you need to purchase boxes, don’t settle for just any box, purchase real moving boxes from a moving company. This does not mean you need to buy brand new boxes, this means you need to buy actual moving boxes (you can find them on Craigslist or EBay). We recommend that you’re picky when buying used boxes – take a close look before you buy them and ask the seller what was used in the these boxes. If the boxes held heavy books over many miles, the box might be compromised. Whether you buy moving boxes from a moving company or buy them used, be smart.
2. Pick the right size box for what you are shipping.
You want to make sure that your boxes are not over or under-packed, they need to be just the right size to fit what you need. If your boxes are not packed enough they will be crushed when other boxes are placed on top of them and if they are over packed they may burst at the seams. To find out how much should go into your boxes, check out our “How to Pack a Box” page.
3. Once your boxes are packed, use plenty of tape.
Taping the top of the box is easy to remember, but take extra tape to go around the bottom of the box as well. This gives your box extra protection.
4. Label your boxes on multiple sides.
You may think writing your last name on your box is enough, but it isn’t. Put your name and the destination address on the box. Do not put this information on the top of the box because most likely boxes will be placed on top covering up the information. Another great idea is to color code your boxes. This will make it easier for you or your driver to determine which boxes belong to your address. Yes, the driver has this information but mistakes happen, so why not help the driver by purposely making your boxes stand out with blue, red or smiley faces on them. Do something that makes it clearly obvious that they go together.
5. And lastly, we suggest testing your boxes.
Place other boxes on top of your boxes and make sure that they don’t get crushed. Wouldn’t you rather be the one to smash them then find out later that you packed your boxes incorrectly? This means you can fix it before it is in transit. The key is to be smart about how you pack your boxes and make it incredibly obvious where your boxes are going. Another great idea is to take a photo of your boxes and give that to the driver. He will have a clear idea of what he is looking for. There will be no excuse then!