Travel Planning

Self Storage Tips for Long Trips

For many people, extended trips are the realization of a dream and hold the promise of great adventure. But if you’re a renter leaving the country for a few months or more, one of the many conundrums you’ll face is what to do with your belongings while you’re gone. It’s usually not worth it to keep renting an apartment or house. A more practical (and cheaper) option is self storage.

Self Storage Units

A standard storage unit is a fraction of the cost of renting living space. It’s worth it, however, to do some research and understand your storage needs before you commit to any storage facility. Here are a few tips to make your transition to self storage renting a breeze.

First, make a list of everything you need to store. Don’t forget to list appliances, files, and furniture. If you’re planning to sell some items, divide your list into items you want to keep and ones you want to sell or give away. Be ruthless. Storage facilities charge you by the size of the unit you rent, so the smaller the unit, the less you’ll pay in monthly rent.

Once your list of stored items is ready, use a handy storage calculator to determine the size of storage unit you’ll need. The calculator lets you enter each item and the number of boxes you’ll store. This calculator will even create printable packing labels for you to use.

Next, use a mini storage facility listing site to locate the storage facilities in your area. Consider whether you’d prefer to store at a facility close to your current home, or close to a friend or relative who might be willing to check on the unit for you occasionally. Another option is to store items in a neighborhood you may be moving to when you get back from your trip, so that unpacking the unit and moving its contents isn’t too painful.

Make a list of a few facilities you’d like to visit, and go visit them. It’s hard to know much about a storage facility without visiting it in person. You’ll want to feel that your belongings are safe and sound, especially when you’re out of the country. Ask to see the storage unit you’d be assigned, and check that it’s clean and dry.

Compare deals. Some facilities offer a discount on rent if you commit to a certain contract length. Find out what your options are. It might make the difference between renting at one facility or another. If you don’t own a large vehicle, look for facilities that offer new renters the (complimentary) use of a truck for moving in.

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    Storage Units
    June 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. One of our family member is moving so I can share these tips with them about the storage space.

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    Zoe Campos
    September 6, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Thanks for telling me that I should create a list first of everything I need to store before looking for a unit. I’ll be staying with my mother in the meantime to save rent and since she doesn’t have any free space in the house for my furniture pieces, it’s best to look for a storage space where I can keep them. I’ll organize my stuff first before looking for an affordable storage unit that I can rent.

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    Kristofer Van Wagner
    September 30, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I agree with you that before packing to have our items stored in a self-storage facility, it is best to list our belongings. It makes sense to have the listed because it doing so, it will make it easier to keep things in check. I will definitely heed your advise.

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    Kristofer Van Wagner
    October 5, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Thank you for mentioning that it is important for us to compare prices when looking for storage facilities. It makes sense for us compare prices as it ensures that we choose the best deal, especially when we are going to rent it long-term. My wife and I are looking to store some of our art collections, and I will definitely consider this tip.

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    Jonathan Davis
    November 16, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Yes, you are right We need to do some research and understand our storage requirements before committing to any self-storage facility. Because there are a lot of options available for self-storage units at this time. But to choose the right self-storage unit is difficult.

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    Jamie Carter
    January 11, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Some great tips here, I liked how you differentiate the moving types of this article. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. This is very helpful for those who are planning to move or hire a removalist in the area.

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    Tex Hooper
    April 12, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I appreciate what you said about how a few storage facilities will require a visit in person. I need to get a storage unit for my car. I won’t be using it in the summer.

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