How much do Moving Boxes cost at U-Haul?

There are a number of reasons why Californians move from one location to another, especially in larger cities like LA, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco where living situations can often be tentative.  So, what causes this? People move when they enter into a serious relationship or get married, end a serious relationship or get divorced, get better jobs, get evicted, etc.  Regardless of the reason, moving can be an arduous task.  This is especially true when you have a limited budget to work with and tons of things to move.

When you stay in one location for years at a time, you often accumulate more than you realize, until it’s time to move and you need to pack everything up that you plan on taking with you.  Now the real work begins, and so do the expenses when preparing for that move.  Yet none of those expenses are as annoying as spending your hard-earned money on cardboard boxes for packing.  The worst part is figuring out what to do with all of those flattened boxes once you’ve gotten settled into your new home. Procrastinating won’t help either.

What kinds of boxes will I need when packing to move?

If you’re trying to figure out the number of boxes you need for moving, Three Men And A Truck are here to help.  Believe it or not, purchasing boxes is often one of the larger expenses incurred when moving.  This is especially true if you buy more than what’s needed or have to make additional trips to buy more because you didn’t get enough to begin with or didn’t get the sizes you needed.  In order to calculate how many boxes, you need, start by answering the following questions:

  • How intricate are your packing needs – basic, average, or professional?
  • How many bedrooms do you have in your home?
  • How many individuals 12 years of age or older live in the home?
  • How would you classify your lifestyle – minimalist, modest, or pack rat?

All you need to determine now is whether you want to purchase your moving boxes or try to accumulate free moving boxes. You can always ask your friends and family for some.

What sizes and types of moving boxes do I need?

Moving boxes are designed to ensure the protection and safety of your personal items while they’re in transit.  So the size typically depends on the dimensions, shape, and weight of the items that are packed in them.  Here is a breakdown of the approximate size boxes to choose from as well as their capacity and what they were designed to hold when moving:

  • Small – 16”x12”x12” / Max. 65 lbs. – ideal for books, CD’s, DVD’s, office supplies, and small appliances
  • Medium – 18”x18”x16” / Max. 65 lbs. – good for craft, supplies, decorative items, office supplies, small appliances, towels, and toys
  • Large – 18”x18”x24” / Max. 65 lbs. – use for large, lightweight household items such as board games, clothing, lampshades, pillows, speakers, and stuffed animals
  • Extra-large – 24”x18”x24” / Max. 65 lbs. – ideal for bulky, large, lightweight household items such as bulky clothing, comforters, large pillows, and towels

In addition to the above, there are other, more specialized types of moving boxes for different household items including:

  • dish and glassware boxes
  • electronics boxes
  • flat panel TV boxes
  • hanging and laydown wardrobe boxes
  • lamp boxes
  • legal and letter sized tote boxes
  • mirror and picture boxes
  • wine bottle boxes

You can also purchase specialty kits for moving different size households ranging from small apartments to 4+ bedroom homes.  These kits contain several types of supplies including different sizes of boxes and box markers, bubble wrap, cushion foam, dish saver kits. flat screen TV covers, glass packing kits, packing paper, and packing tape. Basically, you’ll have all that you need for the move and you can always buy more kits if needed.

If you have additional questions regarding the sizes and types of boxes available, you can contact Three Men And A Truck or visit the U-Haul website. We can even help you source the boxes.

How much do the U-Haul supplies mentioned above cost?

Naturally, the price on these items will vary by size, the type of household items you’re packing in them as well as how many of each that you’ll need and which U-Haul you purchase them from.  Although many individuals will buy these, others can’t afford them and have to find free boxes wherever they can such as at local department stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, and so on.  For more information, please contact Three Men And A Truck at your earliest convenience. Our business agents would be happy to answer queries and give you the requisite information. Call us now!

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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