Your Self-Storage Backup Plan

What do you do when you realize that something you really need or want is in your storage unit? Chances are, you go get it. If your unit is located close to you and you can incorporate a trip to it on the way home from school or work, then you are in luck. But what if you are traveling or otherwise unable to reach your unit?

It’s a good idea to have a backup plan in place. Imagine that you are having so much fun backpacking through Europe that you decide to stay there and find a full-time job. Need to buy new clothes? Not if it’s less expensive to have a box of clothes—that you have already paid for and that you like—shipped to you. What if you put your things in storage to spend a winter in Vermont and break your leg on the slopes? You might want a few things from storage—your guitar and some books—to make the time spent recovering more pleasant.

Life is full of surprises. And while we cannot predict the future, we can definitely be prepared for it. If you have a storage unit or are considering renting one, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in place… just in case you cannot get to the unit.

The simplest approach is a spare key that you keep with you. If, for some reason, you cannot get to the unit, you can give the key to someone you trust, tell that person the unit number and ask that he or she pick up a few items for you. Of course, if you know where the items are within the unit, that makes it easy to retrieve them. If you are traveling abroad and plan to leave your important paperwork with a friend or family member, put the key and the unit number in an envelope and add it to the paperwork.

By keeping a second key handy, you’ll save time if you need someone else to go to your unit for you. You will also save the expense of having the lock cut—and, without you there, that may not be an option.

Chances are good that you will not need to ask anyone to access  your storage unit on your behalf. But, if you happen to fall in love while you are traveling around the world, and you just need “something blue” to seal the deal, you will be happy that you planned ahead.

Conna Shannon

Conna Shannon

Conna is a writer, editor and aspiring filmmaker. She's into DIY, upcylcing and macrobiotic cooking. She lives in Monterey, California, with a yellow lab named Daisy.
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