There’s no space in a city apartment for tents, dusty bikes, sculptures and fire art piece. Every year, as burners return from the festival to their regular lives, these items make their way into storage for next year.
Here are five things to keep in mind when packing up your items for next year.
Pack and mark fragile items
If you have art, make sure to pack and wrap it carefully for storage and transport.
Generously bubble wrap, or, if you want to be more eco-conscious, reuse plastic packing bubbles such as those from Amazon delivery boxes.
Disassemble large, unwieldy items for easier packing.
Clean your items before storage
Dust can cause damage, especially to things like bicycle chains or other machinery. Furthermore, it will only be harder to clean something a year from now, after dust has had time to cake on.
Take your time to hose off and wipe down your items before you put them into storage.
Agree ahead of time about how to split costs
Since these costs roll over to next year, decide ahead of time how you’re splitting the cost to avoid any potential conflicts. Storage can be more expensive than most people expect, so make sure to include this into your budget ahead of time.
Decide what storage provider to use
San Francisco Bay Area – The no-hassle option for storage is the 12-month plan at Trove. We offer a competitive rate to renting a storage unit for a year and take care of the logistics of picking up and dropping off your items anywhere in the region.
Nevada – If you don’t need access to your items for another year, the easiest thing may be to store them in Nevada. Fallon, NV has particularly cheap storage rates. A storage provider may try to raise rates, so try to sign a year long contract whenever possible.
Elsewhere – Most locations offer storage units nearby. One thing to keep in mind is how regularly you’ll need to access your items – you can oftentimes find cheaper rates by storing further away, especially if you live in a large city. Sharing space with another camp in the area is a good way to cut down on costs.
One other thing to consider is insurance for your items. Items in most self-storage facilities aren’t insured by default.
Keep an inventory
It’s easy to forget what’s in storage over a year. Before you lock up your unit, take an inventory of what’s in it so you’re ready for next year. If you store with Trove, skip this step, you’ll get an inventory automatically.