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Packing Tips – How to Pack Medium Sized Boxes

When you are packing for your move, it’s always important to brush up on your packing tips beforehand. Proper packing tips will ensure all your items get to your new home safe and sound. In this blog post we are going to focus on how to pack medium sized boxes for your move.

If you are just getting started packing for your move, take a minute and read our General Packing Tips post. This post will teach you the basics and outlines the packing materials you will need to get started.

Medium boxes are one of the easier boxes to pack, because the correct items to pack inside them are larger and more durable than items that would go into a dish pack or a book box.  This makes packing them go much quicker.  Medium boxes can come in a variety of sizes, but the two most common types are the 3.0 carton (18’’x18’’x16’’) and the 4.5 carton (18’’x18’’x24’’). The numbers stand for the cubic feet inside each box.   Each box is packed in a very similar manner. In general use a 4.5 box for lighter, larger objects that would fill up a 3.0 box very quickly.

Items to Pack:

Pots, pans, trays, shoes, games, toys, folded clothing, linens, pillows, blankets, towels, small appliances, stereo components, speakers, and large lampshades should all be packed into medium sized boxes.


  • Always start packing every box by adding a layer of crumpled paper to the bottom of the box. This layer will help protect the items inside and helps keep your items clean in case the bottom of the box were to get dirty. When you finish packing each box, add another layer of crumpled packing paper to the top before sealing the carton.
  • Soft items like pillows, towels, and clothes can simply be set into the box. No special tricks necessary.
  • When packing small appliances or speaker components, it is a good idea to individually wrap the items to provide additional protection. Wrap items in either plain packing paper or the brown mirror wrap depending on the items size.
  • Pots and pans are durable items and should not need to be individually wrapped in paper. Set these items carefully into the cartons and add crumpled packing paper around the items to keep them from moving around inside the box.
  • If you are packing breakable items, like casserole dishes or vases, use a dish pack instead of a medium carton.
  • Lamp shades should be packed in their own box. Do not add any additional items to the carton. Pack each lampshade in its own box, and choose the smallest box size that the lampshade comfortably fits inside. Add lots of crumpled paper to protect the lampshade.

Good luck with your packing!  By following these tips you can rest easy knowing your items are well protected for your upcoming move.  For information on how to pack other box types, be sure to check out the other posts in our blog series.

If you decide that you need any help with your packing or moving services, please reach out to our team at Corrigan Moving Systems. We are happy to help out in any way.  We have moving companies located in Chicago IL, Rochester NY, Toledo OH, Cleveland OH, and across Michigan. Our long distance movers also can handle moves anywhere in the country.


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