If you are planning on moving this summer over a great distance, you may want to consider using a portable moving container, such as from A & N Trailer Leasing Co Inc. A portable moving container, also called a construction container, is a large container, similar to a shipping container that companies use to transport goods, that you can use to transport your personal items. Here are four tips that will help you move more effectively with a portable moving container.
#1 Go Through Your Belongings
First, you need to go through all of your belongings. Once you put everything together in your shipping container, you may have a little less room than you thought. You are paying a premium for the space inside of your container, so it is important that you only pack up items that you really want to bring a long distance with you. You don't want to get to your destination and have to go through a ton of boxes and decide what to keep and what to get rid of; make a fresh start by going through your belongings now.
#2 Pack Properly
Just because you are using a portable moving container does not meant that you get to skip the packing step. You still need to pack up all of your belongings in boxes and ensure that they are stable. You are also going to need to make sure that all the boxes and furniture are stable and secure once they are inside of the portable moving container.
The container is going to be moved around by forklifts and similar devices, and put on trucks or even rail cars to be shipped around the country to your final destination. With all of that moving, you don't want your belongings rattling around. Take the time to effectively and safely pack all of your belongings, including the furniture, before you load it into your portable moving container.
#3 Loading The Container
One of the best parts of moving with a portable moving container is that you don't have to pack it up all in one go if you don't want to.
As you load up your container, you are going to want to put the heaviest items on the bottom. That means your dresser and all of your boxes of books should be on the bottom of the shipping container. Use boxes strategically to keep all the furniture in place. Ideally, your shipping container should be packed so that all the boxes and furniture fit snuggly left to right and top to bottom. You don't want to leave a lot of space for items to move around.
You may also want to invest in some bungie cords to keep everything in place and use packing blankets to reduce space in between your items and keep everything snuggly in place.