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How to Choose a Storage Unit for Military Deployment


Shipping out for a military deployment is never easy. Not only is it difficult to leave behind friends and family, you also need to find somewhere to store your things. With so much to worry about, self storage shouldn’t be one of them. At A-1 Self Storage, we proudly support our men and women in uniform, which is why we’ve put together this helpful guide to help you select a military storage unit.

Tips for Choosing a Military Storage Unit

Choosing the right military storage unit starts with asking the right questions. Here are a few of the most common questions we get here at A-1 Self Storage.

What Size Do I Need?

Deciding you need self storage is easy. Choosing what size? That’s where it gets tough. Before you can select a storage unit for military deployment though, you need to know how much stuff you have to store. Do you need to store all of your belongings, or just the big ticket items like a bedframe and mattress? You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a smaller unit. For example, a 5’X5’ closet-size unit is perfect for personal items and boxes of clothes or small furniture. If you have more to store, like the contents of a one bedroom apartment, a 10’X10’ unit is just the right size.

Check out our unit size guide for more information.

Do I Need Climate-Controlled Storage?

One of the most common questions we’re asked about military storage is whether or not you need climate-controlled storage. The short answer? It depends. Climate-controlled storage simply means that the internal temperature of your unit is maintained within a set temperature range. That makes it great for storing electronics, paperwork, and upholstered furniture. It’s also a good idea for long-term storage or if you don’t have a set return date.

Do I Need Tenant Insurance?

At A-1 Self Storage, we require all of our customers to insure their property while it is in storage. Not only is this a practical measure to ensure the protection of your belongings, it is also more economical than having to replace all of your things should something unforeseen happen to your unit. For only $10 a month, we offer you our exclusive Customer Goods Protection Plan. While homeowners or business insurance can also provide protection for your belongings, it often comes with a steep deductible to use it. Our plan however gives you up to $2,500 in protection with NO deductible.  

Can I Schedule Auto Pay?

Paying your storage unit rent is the last thing you need to worry about when you’re stationed abroad. That’s why we offer military members the opportunity to schedule automatic payments that pull directly from your credit card. All you have to do is speak with the manager of your facility to have this arranged. 

Do You Offer a Military Discount?

Yes! We are happy to announce that A-1 Self Storage offers a discount to all military personnel. Simply show your ID at time of rental and we will apply the discount to your account. 

Find Out More Answers to Your Questions at A-1 Self Storage

If you have questions we haven’t answered, feel free to reach out to one of our friendly and professional leasing offices. We offer military storage near Naval Base San Diego, Camp Parks, and the Joint Forces Training Base in Anaheim.

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