How to Store Goods Using Container Hire

How to store goods using container hire.

Container hire provides a great way to store items temporarily! Whether you are looking to move home, renovating, have excess inventory or are just wanting some extra storage space – At ContainerCo, we have a large range of options to suit.

In this article, we will discuss the best tips and tricks to storing your goods safely to avoid damage and maximise efficiency.

Store heavier items at the bottom

If you are stacking boxes, the larger or heavier items need to be placed on the bottom. This will prevent them from toppling over and damaging anything or crushing the boxes below. It also makes accessing the smaller, lighter items easier.

Label your boxes

Labelling your boxes is one of the most important tips we can give you. This saves you from having to search through hundreds of boxes to find what you need. It is an easy, quick way of identifying which boxes you need. You can also use clear containers.

If you want to go above and beyond, you can even create a map of where each box is located within the container. This is especially helpful if you are temporarily using the containers to store household items and need something urgently.

Choose the right container for the job

Storing items on palettes? A side opening container in NZ is the perfect companion. Opening lengthwise on the longest side, you can easily access these containers using a forklift and a ramp. This makes storing and transporting your goods a breeze.

If you are wanting to store loose items such as soil or gravel, an open-top container is the best choice. You can simply transfer the loose items in bulk using a digger or a crane.

If your items need to be placed in a temperature-controlled environment, we have refrigerated containers for sale in NZ. This is essential for keeping your items cool during transportation and keeping perishable items looking their best.

Choose the right sized container

The best thing to do before hiring your container is to determine how much you need to store or transport. This includes measuring out the widths and heights of all the items. This can help you determine what the perfect sized container will be.

We have 10 ft, 40 ft and 20 ft containers for sale and hire NZ-wide. If your items are taller, we even have high cube containers to give you that little bit of extra vertical space.

Store non-immediate items at the back

Store the items you won’t need right at the back and the items you use more often at the front. This means you won’t have to rummage or rearrange the container any time soon, which can save a lot of time and hassle.

Properly pack your items

Storing your items correctly can ensure they will keep well. This includes wrapping any fragile items with bubble wrap or newspaper and ensuring all items are clean when they enter the container. Mildew, moss, mould or fungus can accumulate from dirty/ damp items.

Dismantle large items

Dismantle any equipment or furniture before storing it in the container and maximise space. Place essential items such as bolts together in a ziplock bag and attach them to the larger pieces to avoid losing anything.

Keep your container locked

It goes without saying, but keeping your container locked is an important part of safely storing your good. Hire a container with a lockbox for added security to avoid any tampering. This will protect your items and ensure they will remain exactly as you left them.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 


Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 


We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 


Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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