What Supplies Should I Have For My Storage Unit


If you want to keep your items safe in storage, it’s important to plan ahead and buy the right packing and moving supplies. While it’s possible to get away with a pickup truck full of lose items, bags and a few scrap boxes, this approach to self storage is a recipe for disaster in the long term.

Regardless of what you’re storing, it’s important to take extra steps to protect it. While the Lock Up’s self storage facilities are climate controlled, they won’t magically keep nature from taking its course and wearing down your valuables over time. And while you may plan on only keeping your items in storage for a few months, you never know how long you’ll have to use your storage unit.

While using the right packing techniques is certainly a large part of keeping items safe in storage, the other half of the battle is using the right packaging material. The following are just a few items to consider.


When moving or storing items, the general rule of thumb is that if you think you have enough boxes, you probably need more. In addition to moving boxes both big and small, you also may need a couple specialty boxes like:

  • Wardrobe box
  • Glass cell kit
  • Dish cell kit


Even if your storage unit has electronic coded access, you may want to consider locks for some of the individual items in your storage locker in case an unauthorized person somehow gets access to your items. Depending on your security needs, you may want to invest in:

  • Padlocks
  • Disc locks


If you’re preparing items to move, you can never wrap them too much. Some of the wrapping supplies you’ll need include:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Shrink wrap
  • Newsprint
  • Packing peanuts


One item many people forget to bring use while moving and storing items is covers. Protect your valuables from dust and scratches by investing in the right types of covers, including:

  • Mattress cover
  • Sofa covers
  • Moving blanket
  • Picture pouch
  • Paper pads (instead of moving blankets)

Miscellaneous Items

Make sure you’re not forgetting anything by browsing through this list. By purchasing the right materials , you can not only stay more organized, but you may also save yourself from losing thousands of dollars of valuables.

  • Tape and tape dispenser
  • Humidity absorber
  • Measuring tape
  • Moving labels
  • Permanent markers
  • Utility knife
  • Ropes
  • Gloves
  • Stretch cords

If you’re using a Lock Up storage unit, you can feel free to purchase your moving supplies directly from us. Learn more about self storage by calling us today at (866) 327-LOCK.



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