Blessed with astounding natural landscapes, replete with giant cacti, mountain ranges and stretches of the Sonoran Desert, Tucson, AZ, boasts amazing scenery and natural landscapes that make it a great place to live. While many residents find good reasons to stay put, others are seeking new locations, whether other areas of Tucson, other Arizona cities or out-of-state cities like San Diego, LA and Austin.

Consequently, if you’re looking to take one of these relocating routes, here is where to get your moving supplies in Tucson and how to go about the relocating process.

The DIY way – Boxes first

If you’re determined to carry out the move by yourself, then you need a plan, good organizational skills and high quality supplies. When relocating on your own, nothing is more crucial than knowing all your items are safe. How can you achieve that peace of mind? Quality, sturdy boxes that won’t let you down when you’re in a rush.

If you’re looking for reusable, eco-friendly, plastic moving boxes, calling on the services of AZ Moving Boxes, located in northwest Tucson, will save you considerable time and money. Alternatively, the eastside UPS Store on East Golf Links Road is also a good spot to find moving boxes and all sorts of related supplies. Most importantly, they will provide you with boxes for specific purposes – TV moving boxes, wardrobe moving boxes and picture moving boxes, for instance. If price is the most important criterion for you, then you should rely on Best Price Boxes, close to downtown Tucson.


Tucson is also home to no less than 12 neighborhood recycling centers, where you may be able to find free boxes and packing materials you need for your move. Another way to wangle free moving boxes is to ask for them at the grocery and supply stores in your neighborhood, as they are likely to have more boxes than they know what to do with.

The unsung heroes – Tape, paper, plastic wraps and bubble cushioning

Any definitive list of moving supplies must include plastic wraps, packing tape and paper, as well as bubble cushioning and plastic baggies. Having these items on hand will eliminate a good deal of stress from the moving process, so we recommend always having enough of them available. In the case of packing tape, it’s a good idea to skip the dollar-store stuff and spend a bit more on durable tape, as its strength will be an asset. We also recommend buying a bit more than you think you’ll need since estimating just how much you’ll use is difficult.

The same goes for packing paper, plastic wraps and bubble cushioning, which are all essential for wrapping fragile and sharp items around the house. They can keep things safely together and provide stability in a box or a moving truck. Also, don’t forget about little plastic baggies – they will prove indispensable for storing smaller items that can easily be lost. Finally, don’t forget to label your boxes so that you know right away which box goes where.

Where can I get these items?

The only task that remains is to go out and buy these supplies. So, where can you do this? Well, there’s no way around it: Big chain stores are the ultimate source for them. Here you can conveniently find various brands and types of products to choose from all in one spot. Tucson has a wide range of home improvement chain stores, and you should be able to find the necessary moving supplies at any Lowe’s, Ace Hardware or Home Depot around the city.


If they happen to be out of the products you need or if you want to give Tucson’s locally-owned hardware stores a chance, you can try out Mark’s Ace Hardware and Kent’s Tools, located close to downtown. Al’s Ace Hardware, Valencia Ace Hardware and Desert Vista Ace are also great places to check out. Finally, SupplyOne Tucson and ABC Containers are two of the best packaging supply stores in the city.

Let the professionals do it

Moving large furniture safely and efficiently is very difficult and can involve the need for extra moving tools, such as lifting straps and ramps as well as trucks and trailers. So, for a large-scale move, consider letting the pros do what they do best. A wide range of moving companies do business in Tucson and taking advantage of their services will ease your mind when moving.

Here are seven of the best moving companies in Tucson:

Finally, we will let you in on two secrets that will considerably aid your relocation process. First, if you want to cut costs, you can rent moving supplies instead of buying them. Check out this comprehensive guide on how and where to rent moving supplies and equipment.


Second, moving is not an overnight process, and that’s why a lot of people use self storage when moving out, not just when moving in. In fact, using self storage as an interim location for your possessions will help you reduce moving day stress while ensuring your items are safe and out of the way until everything is ready to go. There are numerous self storage facilities in Tucson to choose from, and you’ll only have to pay around $100 for a standard 5’x10’ unit.

We are confident these tips and tricks will make your moving experience significantly easier, so you can be on the road and into your new home in no time. Once you get there, you can rely on StorageCafe to find a storage unit for your belongings until you get settled in.


Matei is a creative writer for StorageCafe and has an academic background in urban development, governance and linguistics. Making use of these disparate sources of expertise, Matei has now turned towards the real estate industry, after covering the latest trends and projects in urban planning, regeneration and green city initiatives all over Europe.

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