How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

20 Feb

How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

Posted By: herlihywp Comments: 0 Categories: moving, packing

If you’re planning a do-it-yourself move, these packing tips on how to load Mayflower portable storage containers (Pods) will help you get organized.

About Mayflower Portable Storage Containers (PODS)

Herlihy offers portable storage and moving containers (Pods) in Columbus, Ohio for do-it-yourself moving customers. Whether you’re moving into a new home, remodeling or just need some temporary storage space, a Mayflower portable storage container is the perfect answer. Convenient and easy to use, our portable moving and storage containers keep the things you care about safe and secure. We’ll deliver the portable storage container to your residence or business in the greater Columbus, Chillicothe, and Athens Ohio areas.

Here are just a few of the features you’ll appreciate about Mayflower portable storage containers:

  • Plenty of space: dimensions are 8′ x 16′ (8 feet wide, 16 feet long)
  • Waterproof materials to keep your belongings dry
  • Smooth walls to help reduce possible nicks and scratches
  • Tie-down rings to help you secure your valuables
  • Heavy-duty security latch accommodating two locks for added protection


Loading Your Mayflower Portable Storage Container

Before you begin the loading process, you’ll want to gather needed supplies, including:

  • Loading straps to secure items inside the container
  • Paper pads
  • Furniture pads and stretch wrap to protect your belongings
  • Dollies or hand trucks to move your heavy boxes and appliances


When loading a container, start with heavy items like appliances and furniture. Those items should go on the floor of the container.

Protect your items with paper pads or furniture pads. Wrapping your items with pads helps minimize the chance for scratches or other types of damage.

For your upholstered furniture, it’s a good idea to wrap it in plastic wrap to protect it from dirt and damage.

Place wrapped furniture on top of a paper pad. Fill open spaces with boxes or other items to provide stability. The lightest items should go on top. Always pack items from floor to ceiling and pack items tightly to prevent shifting during transit.

If you’re storing the container for an extended period, cover the items at or near the top to reduce exposure to light. Secure these items to the side using loading straps. Remember not to apply excessive force when securing straps to avoid damage to your items.

Make sure to distribute the weight evenly from end and from side to side.

Good packing is essential to a stress-free move. The moving experts at Herlihy Moving & Storage are here to guide you every step of the way.

Looking for professional moving and storage services in Columbus, Ohio? Contact us today to experience the Herlihy Moving & Storage difference. As one of Ohio’s oldest moving companies, we have moved thousands of families and businesses within Ohio, across the United States, and around the world. We’re BBB accredited and Angie’s List approved. And, as a locally owned and top-rated agent of Mayflower Moving serving Chillicothe, Athens, and Columbus, Ohio, we have the resources to move you, no matter where you need to go.

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