Best places to find quality packing supplies

You have decided to make the big step. You are finally moving! It doesn’t matter if you are going to do it on your own, or with the help of movers MA, you will need to plan a budget. Surprisingly, you will probably spend a lot of money on things you don’t even expect. Those things include packing supplies, mostly boxes since they can be quite expensive. If you are searching in the right places, you could find quality packing supplies for a good price.

Finding quality packing supplies

Sometimes you can find moving supplies for free, but that doesn’t mean that you should take them. Always check the items before accepting them. Storing your possessions in a low-quality or overused box could result in damage, which you certainly don’t want. If you want to avoid damage altogether, just hire professional packing services. But if you really want to do it on your own, there are lots of places where you can find what you need:

Local people

Friends, family members, work colleagues, or basically anyone you wouldn’t feel embarrassed to ask. If you know someone who recently moved, even better. If the supplies are lent to you, make sure you label them to know which boxes go back to who.

Friends packing things in quality packing supplies
Friends and family are more likely to give you packing supplies for free

Stores and offices

Offices, schools, restaurants, libraries, etc. All these places get deliveries in cardboard boxes, so they have a lot of them lying around. Make sure to check there are no spillages or water damage to the boxes (especially from restaurants and bars).

Online you can find good quality packing supplies for an amazing price

Finding supplies is mostly just a click away. For example, hardware stores always have quality packing supplies to sell online. But they tend to be pricey since the supplies are new. But you can also find free stuff on:

  • Facebook community groups
  • Craigslists
  • OfferUp
  • Freegle – quality packing supplies can be found here for free
  • Gumtree
  • and many others.

Home depot

This place has fairly cheap and good quality boxes, but the other packing supplies like tape and packing paper can be found for less on Amazon for example.

On this site, you can find used boxes from different places. The price is the same as in the department stores but you are doing the environment a favor by using old boxes.

Woman holding credit card while typing on laptop
Finding quality packing supplies online is often the easiest way

Amazon has good quality packing supplies

Here you should buy other quality packing supplies but not boxes because they are more expensive than in other places


It doesn’t matter if you are moving from NH to MA or the other way around, the good side about Walmart is that you can find this store practically anywhere. Also, boxes here have handles which makes them easier to carry but come at a little bit higher price.

People who give boxes to recycling centers

We bet you have seen guys driving trucks full of cardboard boxes. They are giving them to the recycling center, and they don’t get much for them. If you want to find cheap boxes, you just have to get creative with the places where you search for them.

Ask the moving company you hired for quality packing supplies

Moving companies always have plenty of boxes and packing supplies. If they didn’t provide them already, feel free to ask for some.


Now that you have a general idea of where you can find quality packing supplies, all you need is time. We recommend that you start looking for supplies early so that you have time to find enough. Once you do find enough and finish the move, you can find ways to repurpose the supplies. Happy moving supplies hunting and good luck with the move!