What to Do With My Belongings Before I Travel
October 14th, 2020
Traveling is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself and the world. You can discover things you never knew you loved, places you never knew existed, and develop passions you never knew you had. Travel opportunities don’t come around often, so if you get the chance, seize it! Don’t let your belongings weigh you down. If you’re worried about what to do with your valuables before you travel, below you’ll find a list of options and things to keep in mind when planning your epic voyage.
Preparing to Travel: Options for What to Do with Your Stuff
If you come across the chance to travel—whether it’s for work, studies, or leisure—uncertainty may start to set in once you realize how much stuff you have. Although you may have many things to take care of before you travel, don’t let that discourage you from what is likely going to be the experience of a lifetime. Be proactive and start planning early. Make a list of everything you need to take with you on your trip, and as for the rest of your stuff, here are your options:
About half of the stuff we own is unnecessary. As much as most of us dread getting rid of things, even when you know you don’t need or use them, decluttering is the first step you should take before you travel. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may have old sports gear, clothes, or baby toys that have piled up in your home over time. Take a moment to establish which of those items are valuable to you or may be of value to someone else, and then trash the rest. Even if you plan on moving back into your home after your trip, the last thing you want to do is come back to a cluttered home. Plus, you will probably accumulate new items during your travels.
What better way to declutter and downsize your home than by making some extra cash before you leave? Not everything you own is trash, and plenty of people love buying hand-me-downs or vintage items at a lower price. Items like books, kitchen appliances, furniture, clothes, handbags, and jewelry are just a handful of things that can sell relatively quickly. If you want to sell stuff fast, some of the most common places to market your goods include:
- Garage or yard sales
- Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, or Facebook Marketplace
- Poshmark, OfferUp, or Nextdoor
- Stores that buy items or put them on consignment
Give It to Friends/Family
Another option is to give your belongings to a friend or family member to keep or hold while you’re away. You may have some items that they could put to good use. For example, if you have a friend with a child, you can send over some art supplies that can be used for arts and crafts. Or, if you have old family photos or memorabilia, your family members may be more than happy to treasure them. When you’re only planning on being away for a couple of months, then it may not be a big deal for a friend or family member to hold on to your stuff. However, a major disadvantage of storing with a family member or friend is that they too have their own belongings. You don’t want to make space an issue for them.
Give your valuables a second life by donating them. Donating is such a wonderful pursuit; it benefits others while liberating you from stuff you no longer need. There’s not much you need to worry about when you donate—just safely pack up and label boxes. Consider donating to:
- Salvation Army
- Food banks
- Shelters and charities
- Local libraries and schools
There are always going to be some belongings that you simply can’t sell or give away. That’s when a self-storage unit will come in handy. Storage units are the perfect way to store your prized possessions while you’re traveling, as you don’t have to bombard any friends or family and you can ensure your items are protected. From small and large storage to climate-controlled units and flexible leases, renting a storage unit may be your solution. Look for trusted storage facilities in a convenient and accessible location near your home.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets and Cars
No one ever wants to leave their pets behind, but unfortunately, it’s not always easy to bring them along for the ride. If you have a family member or friend that’s willing to care for your pet while you’re away, consider reaching out to them. However, if you don’t want to bother them, there are several resources available for pet care, including:
- Pet sitters
- Pet hotel
- Boarding services
- Neighborhood pet swap
- In-house pet visits
Deciding on what to do with your car depends on various factors, like how much you owe on it, the current value, and if you’re going to need it when you come back. If your car is paid off, you may want to sell it or lend it to someone while you’re away. However, if you still owe money on it, it may be in your best interest to store your car at a storage facility to ensure it’s secure and preserved, ready for you when you come back.
Safe Self-Storage While You’re Away With Treasure Island Storage
At Treasure Island Storage, we have storage units of various sizes to accommodate your storage needs. Whether you’re storing furniture, clothes, or vehicles—our storage facility has units designed for climate-control and 24/7 security for safety and peace of mind. As a family-owned business, we know how meaningful your items are to you, but we also know how indispensable travel is. That’s why you count on us to keep your belongings safe while you embark on your new adventure. Give us a call at (646) 603-1505, chat with us live, or make an appointment online to find out more today!