• Use a high quality lock to secure your unit. For example, use a disc lock with a bolt covering. Regular padlocks can be cut with a bolt cutters.

  • Do not store any hazardous materials such as gasoline, oil, propane, paint thinner, fireworks, or cleaning products. Do not store perishables.

  • Place more valuable items towards the back of the unit.

  • Place less valuable items near the front of your unit.

  • To avoid condensation and moisture, place some plastic underneath items that sit on the unit’s floor. Do not put wood or cardboard directly on the concrete floor. To improve ventilation in the unit, allow some space between items.

  • If stacking items, place the heaviest and sturdiest items on the floor and the lightest and most fragile items on top.

  • If storing refrigerators or freezers, remove their doors or open them to prevent mold.

  • Cover mattresses and furniture with fabric sheets or plastic sheeting to prevent dust build-up.

  • Leave a central aisle between your items so that you can easily access items anywhere in the unit.

  • Label boxes and totes by their contents. Mark fragile as needed.

  • All breakable items (e.g. dishes) should first be carefully and individually wrapped and then secured in sturdy box or tote.