Most equipment and electronic items come with padded packages when you buy them. Most people secure those boxes and use them during relocation or packing. Similarly, for furniture and wardrobes, you can dismantle them into small structures or transport them as such after wrapping them using a scratch-resistant wrap or bubble wrap. How about small random things, small appliances, clothes, household items, kitchen items, wall decors, and more?


The best way to pack random items is by using sturdy boxes. It is best to avoid garbage bags and plastic covers as they get ripped off easily during transportation. If these random items are sharp or fragile, it is best to pack them individually using wraps before placing them in the box. How should you pick such a box? What items can go into the same box? How about sturdy cargo bags?


Why garbage bag is a definite no?

The first reason is the safety of the things inside the bag. The garbage bag can easily get torn while moving or ripped off if the items inside it have even a mildly sharp edge. Moreover, the bag can easily tear when it rubs off on an uneven surface. The second reason is that the bags are not easy to stack, and without rigidity, there could be empty spaces inside the bag, damaging the items. The final reason is sustainability. You can reuse or recycle the storage boxes, but not garbage bags. They are almost 100% plastic and pollute the soil, air, and water when they end up in a landfill. Even if the boxes end up in a landfill, they are made from paper and are much safer than plastic.


If you still insist on using garbage bags, you can choose heavy-duty bags marketed for outdoor use. Also, choose the largest size possible. You might need a smaller one, but the strength of the plastic is relative to its size; thus, go for the largest in the shop.


Cargo bags vs packing boxes

packing boxes

Cargo bags are waterproof, durable PVC bags with additional high-density layers. In terms of volume, the bags come in different sizes, making them as customized as packing boxes. Moreover, the bags can be hung from hooks or tied to the roof, saving space. Since they are not very rigid, you can stack many bags in the same place. You don’t need packing materials, adhesive tapes, or ropes. You can zip it close.


The cons of a cargo bag are high chances of things moving around inside the bag. Thus, the chances of damage are substantial. However, it is safer than a garbage bag. It gives less padding to the products than a box.


How much can you pack in one box?

When boxing an appliance or equipment, you would usually pack one in a box along with its accessories. However, when boxing random items, you tend to grab and throw everything around you inside the box. But how much can it hold?


If you are buying professional storage boxes, they come with an ECT number at the bottom. This ECT rating (edge crush test) helps you identify the maximum weight you can add to the box.

ECT rating Maximum permissible weight Our Suggestion based on our experience
32 – single-walled corrugated box 13.6 kg 11 kgs
40 – single-walled corrugated box 18.14 kg 15 kgs
44- single-walled corrugated box 22.7 kg 20 kgs
55 – single-walled corrugated box 29.5 kg 26 kgs
48 – double-walled corrugated box 27.2 kg 25 kgs
51 – double-walled corrugated box 36.28 kg 33 kgs
61 – double-walled corrugated box 45.35 kg 42 kgs
71 – double-walled corrugated box 54.4 kg 50 kgs
82 – double-walled corrugated box 63.5 kg 58 kgs

Typically, anything above 68kgs should not be kept in a box.

Are heavy boxes suitable investments?

heavy boxes

It makes plenty of sense that heavy boxes can carry heavy loads as the material is more robust. But an excellent standard cardboard box will weigh as less as 0.1 kg and carry up to 63 kg of weight. The weight of the box has nothing to do with its capacity. 

What box size should I order?

Please do not always go for the most oversized box available. While packing, it is essential to avoid having any space for things to move around. Moreover, large boxes are expensive and unnecessary for smaller items. Choose small boxes for small items, and extra-large items should be wrapped and packed instead of in boxes.

Size of the cardboard box Ideal for packing
Small:  (16 x 12 x 12) inches DVD, small electronic items, crockery etc
Medium: (18 x 16 x 18) inches Towels, sheets, wall decorations, medium sized glassware etc
Large: (18 x 18 x 24) inches Bedding, kitchen appliances, speakers, desktop CPU etc
Extra-large: (24 x 20 x 24) inches Large pillows, comforters, blankets, larger kitchen utensils etc

How to pack random items into a storage box?


Pad the box:

It is essential to pad the box with bubble wrap, package items, or thermocol, especially if you plan to use the box for fragile items. It is also best to pad the things separately to avoid friction-based damage.


Individually pack the items:

If you add several small items into a box, pack them individually. You can use a stretch wrap or small covers to wrap all the things. For instance, if you are packing kitchen appliances, gather all the spoons, put them into a plastic bag, and seal them. For plates, stack them all and wrap them before putting them into the box. The heaviest object should be at the bottom, and top it up with lightweight items. Mark the box at the top with the words’ TOP’ and draw upwards pointing arrows on the sides. 


Stuff the box:

More commonly, you might not fill the box from edge to edge. There will always be some space. People usually pad it with coir, thermocol peanuts, folded clothes, or wrinkled newspaper. The idea is to avoid having space for things to move around when the box is in motion.


Seal the box:

It is best to seal the box, even if they are not-so-expensive items. Sealing is not just for avoiding the workers’ temptation to steal. When the container is sealed shut, the chances of losing things are more diminutive. Moreover, the scattered items from an unsealed box might damage other packages in the transit vehicle. Also, the scattered objects might cause personal damage to the packers and movers‘ employees or even you and your family.


Label them:

It is easy to miss track of which loose item is in which box. Thus, always label the boxes. It is also better to use one package for each room. For example, all the random things from the kitchen should go into a separate pack, and the random things in the bedroom will be in another. Thus, searching for a specific item would be easier for you.


Packing random items is quite a headache, but do not plan on mindlessly throwing everything you find on the floor into a box. Instead, please make a list of random things and organize them. If not, unpacking and organizing your new house will become twice the nightmare.