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What College Students Should & Shouldn't Store Over Summer Break

What College Students Should & Shouldn't Store Over Summer Break
As a college student, there’s nothing like getting prepped for summer break. Finals are almost over, and you’re in the final stretch of the semester. 

Getting your dorm or apartment all packed is far from the most fun thing you’ll be doing this summer — at least, we hope so! But storing the things you won’t need until next fall can make it a whole lot easier.

Storing things like winter clothes, ski gear, furniture, and even your car (if you’re not using it over the summer) can save you a lot of money on shipping or freighting them home and back to school again. Plus, when you work with College Student Storage, we can even pack and haul all your belongings to our secure storage facility so you can get a head start on those summer plans.

But before you start packing, it’s important to know exactly what you should and shouldn’t store for summer break. There’s nothing like getting to the airport for your flight home only to realize your driver’s license or passport is packed away in storage.

And if you forgot to thaw out your dorm fridge before you store it, or you stored unsealed foods or pet food, you could be in for a nasty surprise when you pick up your stuff in the fall (think mold and mice).

Here’s a quick-hitting list of everything you should (and shouldn’t) store this summer to make sure your belongings are protected and you have access to everything you’ll need over break.

What Not to Store Over the Summer:

  • Cash & checkbooks — keep in mind that insurance policies don’t cover cash. Spare money will be safer in a safe deposit box at your bank.
  • Driver’s license, passport & student ID
  • Perishable foods
  • Unsealed canned goods & pet food — these can easily attract vermin, and you don’t want ants or mice making a home in your belongings!
  • Summer clothes you want to wear during break.
  • Bikes, skateboards, camping equipment, and other recreational/outdoor gear you’ll want over the summer.
  • School books or supplies if you’re taking summer classes or have homework to complete before the fall semester begins.
  • Plants — these need light, food, and water, and can die quickly in a dark storage unit.
  • Firearms, munitions, and gunpowder
  • Valuables like jewelry, collectibles, and family heirlooms
  • Scented or damp items — these can attract vermin, mold, and mildew.
  • Medications and other pharmaceuticals you will need over the summer.
  • Electronics that you’ll need over break.
  • Hazardous and explosive materials like gasoline, propane, oil, grease, chemicals, cleaners, paint, or fireworks

What to Store Over the Summer:

  • Winter clothes
  • Ski gear
  • Bedding
  • Furniture
  • Electronics — including TVs, laptops, DVD or Blu-ray players, gaming systems, Bluetooth speakers, PCs, monitors, printers & more
  • Canned food & sealed pet food
  • Apartment or dorm décor
  • Kitchen appliances & supplies
  • Vacuums, brooms & other physical cleaning supplies (except for chemical cleaners)
  • Your car (if you’re not driving it home)
  • School/office supplies (if you won’t need them over the summer)
  • Books (again, ones you won’t need to access during break)
  • Bikes and other recreational gear you won’t be using it over the summer

Before You Store, Make Sure:

  • All liquids are completely sealed and tight so they can’t leak on your clothes and other valuables. Our most common culprit: laundry detergent and makeup!
  • All your canned foods and pet food are unopened and completely sealed.
  • Your dorm fridge is completely thawed out — otherwise it will thaw out in the storage facility, causing it to leak on your belongings and maybe even mold. Yuck!

Not every storage facility is created equal. In the dog days of summer, it’s especially important to choose a storage facility that’s climate controlled so things like canned food, electronics and other valuables won’t suffer any heat damage.

At CSS, we have a fully-secure, climate-controlled storage unit to ensure your belongings stay safe no matter the season. We also make it easy for students to figure out which boxes contain what items with our detailed storage labels.

Looking for other expert organizational packing tips? Check out our ultimate packing guide for college students »