A self-storage unit can be a great place to keep your possessions when you leave town for an extended period, but there are steps you should take to make sure the items you store remain safe and secure while you’re away.

Choosing the right storage unit for your specific belongings is key to keeping your things in good condition during many months of storage.


It sounds elementary, but tenants often fail to place the heaviest boxes on the ground when they’re stacking boxes in their units. This can cause the stacks to fall over, breaking fragile items.

Avoid using cardboard boxes for storage. In some cases, roaches will eat the glue that’s used to hold cardboard boxes together. Inexpensive plastic storage containers that have covers stack much more easily and do a better job of protecting your belongings from water and insects.


You should choose a climate-controlled unit if you’re going to be absent for long periods. Climate control keeps both temperature and humidity at constant levels. In warm, dry climates, wood furniture may crack in units without climate control. Papers, books and artworks may shrink or warp in low-humidity conditions. You may have to pay more for a climate-controlled unit, but it creates a stable temperature zone.


One of the most important things to do before you leave town is to make sure your storage bill will be paid every month. Otherwise, your possessions could be auctioned to cover your overdue storage tab. You can sign up for auto-pay with your credit card at the front office to ensure your bill is paid every month on time.