Packing the Perfect Rental Storage Unit

Packing the Perfect Rental Storage Unit

Interior of a storage rental facility
  • Gated facilities
  • 24/7 security cameras or guards
  • Keypad access or locks with short arms, which are more resistant to bolt cutters
  • Back-up alarms in case of burglary

While shopping around, request to tour empty units and ask if they have been inspected for leaks, pests, and other common nuisances. If the property is in disorder, keep looking.

Pack smart

Careful, well planned packing is important to help keep your belongings in good shape — and easily retrievable. Use this list as a guide:

  • Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap.
  • Wipe down furniture with appropriate protectants, conditioners, or polishes, and cover with a sheet.
  • If possible, dismantle furniture to save space.
  • Hang clothes in a wardrobe box. Storage bins can trap moisture and breed mildew.
  • Fill boxes to capacity for sturdiness.
  • Place items on pallets to protect from flooding.
  • Pack heaviest boxes at the bottom and lighter ones on top.
  • Label boxes and leave a center aisle for easier access.

Insure your belongings

Your full storage unit may contain thousands of dollars worth of property, so proper insurance coverage is crucial. Most homeowners and renters policies provide coverage for items stored away from your home, but most won't cover flood damage. Consider purchasing a personal articles policy for valuables and larger ticket items. Contact your State Farm® agent to determine the coverage that's right for you.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.