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Portable storage containers – pros and cons

Looking to rent portable storage containers but aren’t sure whether or not to do it? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.




Doing a move on your own is never easy. You will need to pay attention to a lot of things. For example, you need to prepare, plan, do a lot of phone calls, etc. But the packing and transporting parts of the move are simply the worst. Not only do you need to do it perfectly, but also exactly on time. However, that can be problematic so some people order portable storage containers. They are easy to use and we have prepared a short guide about their pros and cons. We hope that it will help you with your move!

What are portable storage containers?

Portable storage containers are storage units people use to transport their inventory. They are simple and easy to use. You order storage containers and they arrive at your desired location and then you fill them with items. The items will remain there until they are ready to move. Most people think that doing long distance relocation with such containers is the best option. They are really easy to use and can help you a lot

When ordering a storage container, you can be assured that it can be transported anywhere in the world.  It does not matter if you are doing it in your hometown or transporting it to a freight forwarder in Lebanon; it will arrive where you want it. However, in order to better understand how portable storage containers work, we need to see some pros and cons that go along with them.

A truck moving storage containers.


The list of pros for portable storage container is undoubtedly larger than the list of cons. There are nearly endless possibilities to use a portable storage container. For example, you can:

  • Preload your items: This is the most beneficial usage. You can use a portable storage container to preload items inside and only wait for the transport to arrive. You can do it days, weeks and months before the move, so it will be one less thing to worry about.
  • Keep your items safe: Only the renter can open the portable storage containers so you shouldn’t worry about the safety of your items. We assure you that they will remain safely in the container until the day of the move.
  • Count on easier transport: When you load a transporting vehicle, there is always a risk of items getting damaged or destroyed during the travel. In portable storage containers you won’t need to worry about it because the items will be locked in place safely.
  • Keep your items even if you don’t want to move: This is very important if you have a lot of items and a small moving space. Also, it comes in handy when you are remodeling the house or your garage. You might need a safe space for your items, so ordering one of those containers might do the trick.


There are not many cons to portable storage containers, but there are some things you should not be packing in a storage container like the following:

  • You shouldn’t load everything inside: Some items are not compatible with others and you shouldn’t put them all in the same place. This is especially true for some flammable items or perishable items like food or plants.
  • You need to pay to rent them: Portable storage containers would be too good to be true if you didn’t have to rent them. Some people prefer economical relocation and they would prefer to save money but do more work. To each their own.
  • Everything needs to be very precise: You rent your portable storage containers for a specific amount of time. If something goes wrong with the move, you might get a call from the renting company expecting you to return the container.
  • Not very good for really quick moves: If you are in a rush to move, then portable storage containers might not be the best option. It takes time for them to arrive, some time to pack them and some time to plan the transport. So if you need to quickly organize your local move, then it might be the best option to do it without them.

Storage containers ready for moving

Why use portable storage containers in the end?

In the end, the list of pros is better than the list of cons due to its universality. Most cons are only based on certain factors of the move and chances are you won’t even have to think about them. Users who rent portable storage containers usually come up with new storage ideas. In the long run, portable storage containers are great for many purposes and if you won’t have to worry about the cons of their usage.

For example, the safety of your items alone should be your primary concern. Storage containers are sealed shut and only the renter can open them. You probably worry if your car is missing from your garage every now and then, but you can pack it inside a storage container anytime. Also, the transport of the items inside of the container is much safer. The containers are made in such a way that your items won’t get damaged during the move. Moreover, you will load them by yourself, most likely, so you can double check everything!

Things to keep in mind

Keep in mind that you will have full responsibility over the portable storage containers; meaning, that you are expected to use them with responsibility and care. If you are uncertain if you can, by any way, hold your end of the bargain with the renting agency, don’t rent them in the first place. Storage containers are expensive and while they are really great for use, they come with a responsibility. You should keep this in mind before renting them.

Storage garages, while not portable, are still useful.


Overall, renting portable storage containers has a lot of benefits. There is a lot more to them than merely storage places. Their usage can also be unique for as long as it doesn’t violate the terms of the contract you have with your company. If used properly, the benefits are amazing! In the end, you can always try using one of those and seeing the benefits for yourself!