Box Packing Guide

Five College Movers Box Packing Guide explains how to pack and label each type of box, and what boxes you should use for specific items throughout your home.

Stress-Free Packing Tips

  • Never pack a box heavier than 50lbs

  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes, lighter items in larger boxes

  • If it fits in a box, it should be in a box

  • Don’t pack at the last minute! Pack non-essential items well in advance

  • Mark each box clearly with destination room and contents


Small Box

Small Boxes are perfect for books, CDs, canned good, kitchen utensils, small tools, etc. All small, heavy items should be packed in small boxes.

  • Dimensions: 18″ x 13″ x 13″
  • 1.5 cubic feet
  • 65lb Weight Limit

Medium Box

Medium Boxes can be used for clothing, pots and pans, toys, lampshades, pillows, etc. 

  • Dimensions: 18″ x 18″ x 17″
  • 3.1 cubic feet
  • 65lb Weight Limit

Large Box

Large Boxes can be used for larger, light items that cant fit in a Medium Box such as clothing, pots and pans, toys, lampshades, pillows, etc. 

  • 18″ x 18″ x 24″
  • 4.5 cubic feet
  • Weight Limit 65lbs

Wardrobe Box

Large “mobile closet” equipped w/ hanger bar designed to transfer clothing or draperies from your closet into the box. (No folding or wrinkling). Five College Movers will supply the use of 5 wardrobe boxes free with every move. If you wish to keep the box, they can be bought for $25 each. 


Dish Pack

XL “Dish Pack” Box is made with Double-wall corrugated cardboard, which provides extra protection for your dishes, china and other fragile items. Make sure to carefully line the bottom, and sides with packing paper. Wrap the all contents in packing paper and seal with tape. 

  • 18″ x 18″ x 27″
  • 5.2 Cubic Feet
  • 120lb Weight Limit

Picture Pack 

Carton designed to fit & protect pictures, art, glass, etc. It is important to line the bottom and sides with packing paper. If transferring numerous small framed pictures be sure not to overload one picture pack with too many, there should be a nice cushion between each frame.