Do you plan to be out of town for more than a few weeks? If so, then you may find you’ll need to put your things in order and/or tuck them away for safekeeping. The last thing you want after months of travel is to come home to a mess . . . or to a house that’s been picked over by thieves.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for long-term travel and ensure that the belongings you don’t take with you stay safe.
Long-term traveling is a lot like moving in that you’ll need to go through what you have to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. Give those things you don’t want to charity stores like the Goodwill (don’t forget to get receipts for tax write-offs) or sell them on classified websites like Craigslist. Also, consider having a yard sale.
After you’ve downsized, the next thing you’ll need to do is pack. Prepare what you’ll need for your trip first and put all suitcases/bags to the side. Then tackle the rest of your house.
Determine what stays home and what needs more secure storage. Be sure not to overstuff any boxes you pack and label each with what’s inside. You may also consider creating an overall inventory list. Keep a copy at home in a safe place and take another one with you.
If you haven’t selected a self-storage facility, now is the time to do it. A smart option is Lone Star Self-Storage. Located just off I-35 in South Austin, our company offers secure, affordable units in 6 different sizes. Our contracts are month-to-month so there’s no long-term commitment. That makes it perfect for travelers like you.
Long-term travel is exciting. But, and just like moving, it takes careful planning. When you’re ready to see the world, contact Lone Star Self-Storage. Let us show you the hassle-free way to plan for your next big trip!