Portable storage containers provide a variety of industries with a variety of solutions. Most commonly, these large, heavy yet surprisingly movable containers are used to assist companies and even consumers with moving. Imagine you are enlisted in the military reserves, and you have been called to active duty, but you do not have time to find a new apartment prior to moving to your new military base – what do you do?
In the past, you would probably end up selling most of your possessions – or even giving them away. But nowadays, you can retain everything by packing it up into a portable storage container, and even having that container moved to your new location. This type of storage is known as movable self-storage, and it is becoming increasingly popular in today’s analog-digital age.
General Specifications of Portable Storage Units
Portable storage containers are a great storage solution for both short-term and long-term storage needs. They come in a variety of sizes, and are usually rust-resistant, stainless steel, with sturdy hinges and locks. and roll-up doors. Sizes of these containers vary, and you’ll certainly want to ask potential companies for their container dimensions, but common sizes include 12, 16, and 20 feet containers, with most being eight feet in height and about eight feet in width.
Unless specified, you should not expect a portable storage container to be climate-controlled (heated in the winter, air-conditioned in the summer), so if you need this type of setting for sensitive items such as electronics or chemicals, make sure you inquire specifically about this kind of setting.
Advantages of Portable Storage Units
Would you believe that the majority of Portable Storage Box have an expected lifespan of up to 20 years? These containers are similar to the larger ones you see on barges and ships. While these are smaller in stature, they are no less durable. And since they are smaller, they are easier to move – and this is a great feature in case you are interested in loading up a container with all of your personal or work belongings and transporting them from one location to another.
Once you have determined the size of the portable storage container you will need, it’s time to begin packing it! While you may be tempted to start by lining boxes or large pieces of furniture all in a row, instead begin by packing vertically. Going up instead of out will maximize the amount of space you have; also, items are less likely to shift if they are packed in tightly, which is more likely to occur if they are packed in vertically. Additionally, packing in vertically instead of horizontally means you have additional room to maneuver around with. And, be sure to work from back to front, rather than front to back or side to side.
Other portable storage unit packing tips:
- package boxes tightly, and use strong packing tape
- wrap fragile items in cloth, rather than newspaper
- disassemble furniture
- wrap glass items in double layers of cloth
- use soft pieces of furniture, such as cushions and fake plants, as additional padding for fragile items
Last, but certainly not least, leave space in the front of your portable storage unit for potential shifting. Especially in the case of a storage unit being moved from one location to another, boxes and other items may move about. Leaving space — preferably about three feet wide — leaves room for shifting without potential spillage when you open the unit’s door(s).
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