What To Bring When Renting A Storage Unit For The First Time

Renting a storage unit can be a smart way to get the storage space in your home organized and freed up for other items to be stored there. After choosing a storage unit at a local facility, you may be tempted to rush there and start dropping off items. While it's best to fill the unit as soon as possible, it will be helpful to have the right tools on you.

The list below can help get your started with using your storage unit efficiently.  

Appliance and Furniture Dolly

If you intend on storing any large pieces of furniture or appliances, it can be challenging to lift and move the items safely. Instead of relying only on your own strength and the help of a friend, look into using an appliance dolly. These dollies are relatively easy to use and can prevent injuries to you and damage to your items.

Battery Powered Lantern

Most storage units won't have lighting set up inside, making it difficult to see properly when accessing any items or getting everything organized. In order for you to keep the space easy to see in, you'll want to bring along a battery powered lantern. These lanterns will provide the light that you need, and the batteries make it easy to keep it ready for use every time you visit your unit.


If you have a lot of boxes and other items that you intend on placing in storage, it's important that you take advantage of the space that is available to you with shelving. By setting up your own shelving inside the storage unit, the space will be easier to navigate in and you can make the most of the space.

Old Clothing

Since you'll likely be moving lots of boxes and furniture, it's a good idea to dress appropriately. Wearing older clothes that you don't mind ruining should always be done, similar to when you're moving.

Bring Pest Control

While some storage facilities offer pest control services, others might expect you to take care of the contents inside of your own storage unit. In this case, you'll want to bring along pesticides that can be safely used inside of the storage unit.

Moving your belongings into heated self-storage units is a smart idea, but it can be difficult to do if you're unsure of how to safely move everything. Following the tips above will guide you in the right direction for setting up your unit properly.