Portable storages are a great way to keep your items wherever you want and/or to move them with ease. But, there is a question – how to pack a storage pod successfully and not to damage your items? There are many different uses of a storage pod and no matter what the reason for renting one is, packing is an unavoidable step.
Tips to pack a storage pod like a pro
You need to spend time packing for a move and don’t underestimate it. Many people think packing will go fast, but if you have a lot of items, you will need maybe a couple of weeks to finish everything.
Putting items into a portable container
You need to know how to fill your container properly.
- Large PODS have 4 tiers, medium have 3 and small have 2 tiers, so work through 1 tier at a time.
- Furniture that is large and heavy must be distributed evenly because of the balance. Disassemble furniture that can be disassembled to pack a storage pod better.
- To stack boxes easier, use similar size boxes. Buy enough cardboard boxes because they should not be overpacked when packing for relocation.
- Heavier items and heavier boxes should be on the bottom, while lighter boxes should be on the top.
- Items you need to unpack and unload first, put at the front of a storage pod.
Maximizing the empty space
What to do with empty space between boxes? How to use it? Don’t rent a PODS that is too big because you will pay more. On the other hand, don’t rent too small.
- Use soft materials such as pillow and bags with clothes to fill up space between boxes. This way, boxes won’t around the container and your items won’t be damaged.
- Narrow items should be near the ceiling such as bikes or golf equipment to use that space between boxes and container ceiling.
- Also, you can put framed photos between boxes or other thin boxes to fill up empty space.
Protecting your items
No matter are you moving or you need just to store your items when removing home, all the items should be protected.
- Wrap furniture and appliances such as washing machines with an air bubble foil or moving blankets if you don’t have foil.
- Especially pay attention when packing fragile items. All fragile items must be properly wrapped and packed, in order to keep them safe.
- To secure boxes more, use straps and ropes around boxes. Most storage pods have hooks where you can secure ropes.
- It is not a bad idea to add moisture absorbers to prevent mold, especially if it is rainy season.
To pack a storage pod, you will need the right equipment, supplies, and help from a couple of friends if you need to pack large and heavy items.