If you have hired or purchased a portable storage container, you have to pack it properly. This is essential in terms of making sure your belongings are protected and in terms of unpacking your container with ease afterwards. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know about.
1 – Your Base
First of all, you need to get the base right. Your base should be made up of things that make a really good and sturdy foundation. It has to be really strong and should extend right the way to the back of the container. Do make sure you make sections as well. The back of the container is the best place for large appliances. Put those against the back wall and then stack the sides with boxes with miscellaneous items.
2 – Your Straps
Next, you need straps. Straps will stop things from moving about, and hence from braking. If you want to make sure that everything stays in place, use as many straps as possible. In a 16 foot unit, it is common to have as many as six straps, sectioning off different areas. There are various types of straps and elements that you will need. This includes:
- Your strap connections. eTrack systems are probably the best ones, as they also come with various slots, which means you are not forced to use specific shapes of sections. You can also use ratchet straps or bungee cords, anything is better than nothing.
- Your finishing strap. This needs to be between the items right the way at the front and the door of the unit. These straps will stops anything from falling out when you open the door, thereby preventing breaking any items and injuring yourself.
- Put your mattresses and other such soft items on the top, against the boxes. Run a strap from side to side to keep it all in place. In effect, your mattress is then functioning as two separate straps, which means you save a bit of money.
3 – Furniture Blankets
The final thing you need is furniture blankets. This will protect all your furniture from getting scratched and dirty. Additionally, it provides extra padding, thereby protecting it from breakages, scratches and dent. Most storage container companies will rent out furniture blankets. This is often a cheaper option than buying them yourself. However, you can also use your old bedding if you want to save even more costs. It is likely that you will be throwing them out anyway, so you may as well get one last use out of them.
With these three tips, you should be able to pack your portable storage containers properly and in such a way that your items will be properly protected and everything will arrive in one piece. Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about some priceless heirloom getting destroyed, after all. Luckily, packing a storage container properly isn’t difficult and just requires common sense. Common sense and straps!