There’s no doubt, the brave members of our Armed Forces deserve an immense amount of gratitude for fearlessly protecting our freedom and safety. While this is an admirable duty on its own, it also means that they oftentimes upend their own lives, leave their families and relocate all over the world. Preparing for a deployment involves a lot of moving parts, including figuring out what to do with all of the belongings left behind. While we could never repay our military members for all they’ve sacrificed, we sure hope these tips help ease the stress of storage decisions!
1. Determine What You Need to Store
Before you can decide what sort of unit you need to rent, you first need to determine what you’ll be storing during your deployment. Do you have just a few bins and boxes of miscellaneous belongings that need safekeeping? Or, do you need to store a bunch of furniture and your car while you’re away? Take some time to evaluate what needs to be stored, so that you can make sure you get an appropriately sized unit.
2. Figure Out Logistics
Now that you’ve determined how much space you need, it’s time to sort out the other logistics. Military members are often asked to relocate at the drop of a hat, so make sure you thoroughly think through where your unit should be located. What city will you be returning to after your deployment? Will you only return there temporarily, or should all of your belongings be kept there? If you are coming to the end of your military career, what city are you planning to call home? Being proactive about figuring out the best location for your unit will save you some headaches (and a lot more moving!) in the long run.
You’ll also want to figure out if there are any specific storage features you’re looking for. If you’re going to be away for a while, you’ll likely want to find a unit that boasts climate control and upgraded security equipment.
3. Consider Services
Along with sorting through the varying storage unit features, keep in mind any specific services you’ll need while away. If you’re going to be deployed in a remote location, a facility that offers the opportunity for automatic payment will be important for you. Many complexes also offer military discounts. So, if you’d like to save some dollars on your monthly rental fee, make sure to ask about any reduced rates for military members.
Storing belongings can definitely be a hassle. But, even more military members struggle with finding suitable homes for their beloved four-legged friends while they’re deployed. Needless to say, storage units don’t fit the bill for providing a loving vacation home for pets. However, Dogs on Deployment is a great networking site that allows military pet owners to connect with local pet-lovers willing to care for animals while military members are deployed.
There’s a lot to worry about when preparing for a deployment. But, these storage tips should help to cross a few things off of your to-do list. In honor of Memorial Day, we’d like to send a huge “thank you” today (and everyday!) to all veteran and active-duty military members. Thank you for your service!
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