Use a Storage Unit to Help You Prepare for the Unknown

Use a Storage Unit to Help You Prepare for the Unknown

20 March 2020
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These are uncertain times, and fear of the unknown can be stressful. Some people have been prepping for calamity for years while others have nothing ready for sudden emergencies. If you are one of those who are ill-prepared when disaster strikes, it's not too late for you to start. A climate-controlled storage unit is ideal for housing your preparations as then you don't have to clutter up your house. Here are three things to start filling your storage unit with.

1. Water

Humans can go without food for far longer than they can without water. Opinions vary on how much water a person should drink each day, but it's about 2 liters. How many people do you have in your family? They each need the equivalent of a 2-liter bottle of water every day.

And that's just for drinking. What about cooking and washing your hands and personal hygiene needs? Most people already purchase bottled water, so the best way to prepare is to begin buying extra water each week in addition to your usual purchase.

2. Food

Whether it's a hurricane coming or a new, potentially deadly virus, it's not uncommon to see grocery stores depleted of certain key items when there is a panic. Most storage units don't allow you to store perishable foods, but typically, you can store canned goods. When shopping for canned goods, you can buy large cans—the kind commonly used in restaurants, hospitals, and other institutions. This is normally your cheapest option, although be sure to compare the price per ounce and consider usage, too.

For example, it probably wouldn't be wise to stock up on large cans of sliced black olives. However, stocking up on large cans of various types of beans, which are a protein source, would be a smart move. Canned meats and fish, such as tuna, is another good choice. Canned potatoes and other vegetables are other must-haves.

Storing surplus grains is also a good idea but check first if your storage unit allows this. Many don't because they can attract rodents. However, depending on how you store the goods, for example inside sealed plastic tote bins or in a climate-controlled unit, they may allow grain storage.

3. Personal Supplies

Soap, sanitary napkins, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, medications, toilet paper, plastic plates, and silverware are just a few of the things that you may need to take care of yourself or make life easier if something happened. Think of the things you couldn't live without and slowly begin accumulating extras to add to your storage unit. 

For more information about storage units, contact local storage facilities.