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Things to Remember When Packing a Container

A storage container is an intermodal stainless steel container. The most popular examples would be the ones you see in shipping docks. However, there are also smaller containers that are specifically designed to haul and/or store items used in business, construction, or household appliances. If you learn how to pack a storage container, you can maximize storage space, ensure the safety of your belongings, and make easy access possible afterward.

Keep Key Considerations In Mind

If you are going to store household items in an intermodal container, your primary consideration is inventory, and temperature and waterproofing, weight distribution and keeping items secured to prevent damage. This article focuses on the later.

Place Big and Heavy Boxes First

Place heavy appliances on the far end of the container. This is the end which is nearer to the cab area. As much, as possible distribute the weight so both the left side and right side are just about even. Also, while the heaviest items must be nearer the cab, they should never be directly above a wheel. This minimizes the chance of blowouts. These appliances include but are not limited to refrigerator, washing machine, gas range, full grain wood closets, etc. If you still have the original boxes for your appliances, it is best to use them. If not, then you can either purchase ready made boxes from hauling companies or get some used boxes from your local Walmart. Make sure everything is covered to minimize scratches and dings.

Fill In the Gaps

You would likely end up with different sized boxes and a fixed container space; therefore filling out the container from side to side is going to be tricky. Remember, the heaviest and biggest are at the bottom and the smaller and lighter boxes go up top. If there are empty spaces on the sides, fill them out with folded boxes or some of your stuff. This way, the boxes would not move from side to side.

Tip: You would want a snug fit, not one wherein the sides of the boxes get wrinkled because you forced it into place! If there is some empty space on the container, use container straps to keep your boxes and items in place. These straps go on hooks or eyelets on the sides of the container.

Protect Your Items

Don't be stingy on packing material. If you can put the items in boxes, do so. Make sure the items inside don't rub against each other, so use newspaper or bubble wrap. Furniture that can't be boxed can be wrapped in a stretchable plastic wrap. Below are a few more items and their packing concerns.

  • Electronics: Make sure they are insulated and water tight. Use the original box if possible. Box and wrap in plastic.
  • Tables and Chairs: Disassemble whenever possible. Wrap them in a bubble, stretchable plastic or paper. Stand in the side corner.
  • Big Screen TV: Disassemble the stand. Box them, and then stand on the side wall, with the screen facing the wall. Best tilt at an 85 to 90-degree angle. Place rubber mats underneath to prevent movement.
  • Mirrors: Pack them the same way you would a television set.

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