As you prepare for your semester abroad, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the prospect of packing everything you need for your time away. Since you’ll be a flight away, it’s important to avoid overpacking. Follow these tips to pack exactly what you’ll need next semester without extra luggage fees!
Check the Local Weather
Checking the local weather is the easiest thing you can do to determine the type of clothing you will need. If you are going to a location known to be cold or mild for most of the year, packing mostly warm weather clothes will be a waste of space. If you are going somewhere warmer, you might not want to wear heavy jeans and hoodies every day. While you pack for your time away, pack a few outfits for warmer days and pack the rest of your clothes for the average weather for the duration of your stay. Make sure you have at least one outfit suitable for formal occasions that may arise during the semester, such as dances or presentations.
Pack Sturdy Walking Shoes
Between exploring your host city and traveling to nearby cities and countries, you will be doing a lot of walking during your semester away. That’s why it is important to make sure you have a pair of solid walking shoes that provide good support for extended periods of time. Depending on where you are traveling, the roads and sidewalks may have a lot of uneven surfaces, making flats impractical for your adventures.
Utilize All Available Space
While abroad, you are probably limited to two suitcases and a carry-on bag. Since space is limited and you need to stay within the weight restrictions of air travel, it’s important to maximize the space used in your suitcase. Rolling shirts, pants, and casual dresses saves room in your bag, allowing you to fit more. You can make sure you stay within the weight limit by periodically checking your bag with a portable luggage scale. The scale straps to your bag’s handle and weighs the bag as it is lifted. This allows to you gauge the amount of space you have while avoiding additional costs. Packing additional socks and underwear never hurts, and they are small enough to fit into empty spaces between piles. In the off-chance your bag is lost in transit, make sure an extra pair of socks and underwear are in your carry-on.
Affordable Study-Abroad Semester Storage Near Your School
If you are traveling abroad for a semester and aren’t sure what to do with your belongings, store them near your school with OnDemand Storage! We provide affordable, virtual student storage across the country with easy pickup and delivery service, so you don’t need to worry about lugging your couch or bins to the unit! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.
With the end of the semester here, you may be wondering how to pack some of your more breakable belongings for summer storage. If you have a mirror you are planning to keep for next semester, you’ll need to make sure it is packed correctly to avoid cracks and breaking.
Use High-Quality Packing Materials
It is important to use strong, sturdy materials that will not buckle or rip during the moving process while packing up your mirror. OnDemand Storage provides packing materials on ODS Box Days to students signed up for our summer program. While it may be tempting to skimp on paper, tough cardboard paper will go a long way in keeping your mirror safe. Prior to wrapping, create an X on the glass to keep the pieces together in case the mirror is dropped. This will also protect the frame in case something happens. You will also want to place a piece of cardboard between the mirror itself and any protective wrapping to prevent dust and scratches from forming on the glass. For additional protection, place a layer of Styrofoam cut exactly to your mirror on top of the cardboard for padding.
Protect the Corners
While keeping the glass from shattering is important to maintaining the integrity of your mirror, keeping the frame protected goes a long way. The frame is what is keeping the glass together, and adding a buffer will protect it from bumps and sliding. If you have a square or rectangle mirror with corners that meet at 90-degree angles, you should buy corner protectors at your local moving supplies or big box store. Round mirrors can be wrapped in bubble wrap to protect the frame.
Wrap the Mirror Securely
Using old blankets and bubble wrap, wrap the mirror with minimal slack so it doesn’t move around. Top this off with a layer of plastic wrap to reduce the risk of moisture forming within the package. Tape additional cardboard around the wrapped mirror without allowing for room to slide. Label the mirror on each side, with the word “Fragile” clear and legible to prevent the package from being bounced around during the truck loading and unloading.
Convenient Student Storage & Packing Materials
If you need a place to store your belongings this summer, contact OnDemand Storage today. We provide student storage for schools up and down the East Coast, giving you one less thing to worry about at the end of the semester! OnDemand can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our signup form online.
Living in a city means that space is likely to be tight, and renting a storage unit could be the most efficient way to save room in your home. Before you begin packing things to put away, there are several factors to consider prior to picking a storage company.
What is your storage budget?
Most storage companies offer monthly plans for non-climate controlled and climate-controlled units and may offer introductory prices, such as a free month or a discounted period when you first begin using their facilities. While the introductory fee may seem like a bargain, make sure when the regular price kicks in it will not exceed your budget for the unit. Paying your storage bill is critical, especially if you are keeping your valuables in your unit. If the company is not paid for an extended period of time, they may have the right to evict your items from the unit and hold a public auction. You should also make sure there is not a mandatory length of time you need to be paying for the unit. If you only need space for a month while you move between places, don’t get stuck in a six-month contract you can’t get out of.
Do your things need to be kept at a certain temperature?
Consider the type of belongings you are looking to store in a unit. Will they be damaged if the space they are in is too hot or cold? If your unit is located outside, it may be exposed to hot summer rays or frigid winds, depending on the season. Before you pick a unit, discuss climate control concerns with each company representative. If you are storing antiques, photos or old records, keeping the items safe may come at additional cost.
Will your belongings be kept safe?
Leaving your items with a storage company requires a level of trust in the company to keep your memories protected from harm or burglary. Safety may change from location to location and range from surveillance cameras in hallways to individual alarms in each unit. An indoor facility may lock the doors overnight and require sign-ins to monitor whoever is in the building.
You should also check your insurance policy to make sure your items are covered by theft and other emergencies, from fires to floods. The facility may have insurance to protect the building, but your belongings may not be covered. If storage is not covered by your current policy, most companies will add coverage for a low monthly fee.
Storage Solutions in Greater Boston
OnDemand Storage provides stress-free storage options throughout the Greater Boston Area for homeowners, renters, and students. We provide pickup and delivery services, so you never have to step foot in the unit, and you will be able to monitor your storage right from your cell phone! OnDemand Storage can be reached at 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our online contact form.