If you decide to pack for yourself, there are even more decisions! This article aims to put some tools in your hands to make more informed decisions about the packing supplies you need.

There are several ways to approach the purchase of moving supplies. The most straightforward way is to run to the local home improvement store and buy the boxes you think you will need. This is a good approach, but you may find that you can be more precise on the items you need to buy using some estimating tools.


The stakes are low. If you buy way too many boxes, there is a good chance you will have the opportunity to return them. The following tools will be helpful in the rare case that you cannot return unused boxes, and at the very least, they may save you a trip to the store at the end of your move.

There are multiple moving supply calculators online for free. Included in this article are two that could be particularly helpful. Both moving.com and isoldmyhouse.com have a built-in moving supply calculator. Below are the links to each of them.

moving.com – Moving Supply Calculator

isoldmyhouse.com – Moving Supply Calculator

At Blue Cow Moving & Storage, we provide a more basic version of these tools. See the chart below for a quick estimate of the necessary boxes.

We hope that these tools are helpful. If you would like an estimate for your upcoming move, click here.