Posted on: 26 September 2018
Portable storage containers are a unique moving solution that consist of a literal shipping container being dropped off at your home, which you then pack and have shipped to your new property to be unpacked. This is an alternative to a moving truck or professional movers that is designed for long-distance moves. However, before you sign up and start throwing your things into boxes, you should understand the proper way to pack when you rent a storage container so that your possessions do not become damaged while in transit.
Packing Individual Boxes
Packing your stuff to be shipped in a storage container isn't too different on the box by box level. You'll want to limit the weight of each box to around 15 pounds to make it easier to move, and you'll want to ensure that any empty space within each box is filled with packing paper, bubble wrap, or some other form of cushioning to prevent your possessions inside from shifting and hitting each other.
Layer by Weight
The container itself, however, is a different beast entirely. There are a few things that you should take into consideration. First, you'll be stacking your belongings on top of each other to make the most efficient use of your space, so make sure that your heaviest and most durable items are placed on the bottom to create a solid base that will not shift. This includes items like books, big pieces of furniture, and so on. Be sure to lay down a protective layer of moving blankets over this initial base layer to prevent scratching and other forms of damage. You can then place lighter items on top of this base layer, with the lightest items going on top. Avoid any empty spaces, or fill them up with moving blankets, to prevent items from falling and shifting.
Anther thing to take into consideration, however, is the weight distribution of the entire container. An unbalanced container means that items can shift and fall, leaving you to open your container to find one side of your possessions absolutely squished and flattened by the other.
Since the container will be physically shipped and exposed to the elements while in transit, you may also want to consider using some moisture resistance techniques to protect your stuff. Tarps and other plastic sheeting can be used on the top, sides, and bottom of your storage container to prevent moisture from seeping in. You can also wrap individual boxes that are particularly valuable.Share