You’ve got several options when it comes to moving your personal possessions to or from Hawaii. Shipping a container is one of them—but it’s not a one-size-fits all solution. If you’re considering packing a 20′ or 40′ container for your Hawaii move, we’ll run you through the pros and cons so you can make the right choice for your relocation.
Your 3 Options for Hawaii Moves
If there’s one theme throughout the tens of thousands of moves we’ve completed, it’s this: Every move is unique.
You have your own reasons for moving to your new destination. You have your own vision for your move, and you also have your own goals to meet. Maybe you can’t imagine feeling settled if you don’t move all of your current possessions to your new home. Or maybe you have a few key pieces that you can’t bear to be without. Alternatively, maybe you’re looking for a fresh start in your new home with mostly brand-new possessions.
When you’re moving between Hawaii and the mainland, you’ll have three main options for your move:
- A dedicated 20′ or 40′ container all your own
- A less-than-container (LCL) solution in which your belongings get packed in wooden crates called lift vans, then loaded into a container with other goods headed to the same destination
- A DIY solution in which you ship a few boxes and bring the rest in suitcases when you fly to your destination
In this article, we’ll break down your first option—a dedicated container move. We’ll walk you through all of the pros and cons so you can decide if packing and shipping a container is the right move for you.
Pro: You’ll Have Plenty of Room for Your Belongings
For many people making the move to or from Hawaii, a container is the default choice for one simple reason: They have a lot of possessions they want to take with them.
That’s the main pro to choosing a container for your move. Containers offer you maximum space, and you won’t have to share it with anyone else.
Of course, a 40′ container offers about double the space of a 20′ container. Which one you select will depend on how much you want to take with you. A complimentary consultation with a moving company can help you make the call.
However, to give you an idea of exactly how much room you’ll have in each, check out the following guidelines:
* This ballpark varies, depending on how many possessions you have! Consider this a broad guideline to assist in your planning.
Here’s the bottom line: A dedicated container offers you maximum flexibility in terms of what you want to take with you. For example, if you invested in some gorgeous koa wood furniture while you lived in Hawaii, you can easily use your container to bring it with you to the mainland. The same goes for any irreplaceable belongings you want to move to Hawaii.
(Just keep in mind there are a few specialty items that you can’t ship in your container!)