Storage for Deployment

By Nick Bilava,

After ending a rental lease on an apartment or home because of an overseas deployment, men and women serving in the military often don’t have much time to find alternative arrangements for furniture, vehicles, and other belongings before leaving the country. For many, this may mean selling possessions. But there is another option.

A self storage unit provides a quick solution to your last-minute storage needs. With month-to-month leasing agreements, it doesn’t matter how long you’ll be out of the country. You can rent your storage unit for as little or as long as you like. Then, when you come back from an overseas deployment, all of your stuff will be right there waiting for you. Not to mention, self storage is a great way to protect valuable items while you’re away.

What Storage Unit Size Will I Need?

Storage unit sizes depend on what you’re storing. Let’s say you need to store a truck while you’re overseas. You’ll want to find a 10×20 or 10×30 unit. These storage unit sizes also work if you need to store an entire household’s worth of furniture, appliances, boxes, and other belongings.

For smaller storage needs—like a TV, a mattress set, and a few boxes—a 5×5 or 5×10 should do the trick.

How Can I Protect My Items in Long-Term Storage?

If security is important to you, there are many self storage facilities that offer additional security measures—such as video surveillance, gated access, individually-alarmed units, and on-site management—to make sure that your items will be safe during your deployment. If you have to store vehicles, electronics, or firearms, finding a facility with extra security is highly recommended.

Another way to protect your items while you’re away is climate-controlled storage. Sensitive items like electronics, furniture, photos, musical instruments, and paper documents can be easily damaged by extreme temperatures and humidity. With climate control, however, you’re able to set up a temperature and humidity level for your unit that will be maintained consistently to protect your items from external conditions.

Whether you need to store a few items or pack up your whole apartment, self storage can be a huge help when you’re about to be deployed.