Student Storage

Planning for Your Semester Abroad

Between different weather patterns, rapidly changing temperatures and distance, packing for a semester abroad in a different country can be difficult. You may not know what to expect at first, and since you’ll be so far from home you’ll need to make sure you have appropriate belongings with you. Follow these tips before packing for a semester abroad!

Check the Local Weather

While you pack, make sure you look at local ten-day forecasts online and add your temporary location to your weather app on your phone. Take a look and see what the temperature looks like, current storm tracking and whether or not windchill is factored in. If you’re planning on spending the winter abroad, make sure you pack warm, sturdy boots that you can walk in as well as a comfortable and functional winter coat. For warmer days when rain may be a factor, pack a light rain jacket to stay dry.

Pack for Function

Between weight limits on the airplane, weekend trips to neighboring cities and landmarks and the amount of time you’ll be away, space will be a valuable commodity in your suitcase and carryon. Make sure the items you are taking with you are functional, not just for fashion. Leave the boots you cannot walk in or the jacket that won’t protect against the weather at home, especially if you’re running out of space. Pack at least one pair of shoes that you are comfortable walking in for long distances, as well as one pair of dress shoes for events or nice dinners. If you have toiletries you prefer, take travel sizes to use when you start to feel homesick. Items like toiletries can be purchased locally.  You should also make sure you have a universal adapter and cords for all of your electronics.

Move Your Items Into Storage

Moving things back and forth between home and school can be tedious and exhausting. Before you leave school for your new adventure, take any items you’ll need for next semester and put them into virtual storage. At OnDemand Storage, we will be able to pick up your items before you leave and keep them in our facility until you return, dropping them off at your new dorm. You’ll never need to step foot into the unity!

Virtual Student Storage in Boston

For more information about study abroad storage, OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Preparing to Move from a Dorm to an Apartment

A big step in the “adulting” process is moving from a standard dorm room to an apartment, on- or off-campus. You’ll be getting more space, a new neighborhood and more independence. You’ll also be in charge of furnishing and decorating a larger space. When preparing to move into your first apartment, make sure you follow these packing tips!

Bedroom

First off, you’ll need a bed and a mattress. When looking for bed frames, keep an eye out for frames that have built-in storage in case you have smaller closets. Make sure you have some bins handy for closet and under-bed storage, as well as a shoe rack to conserve floor space. A good rule of thumb to follow: you can never have enough hangers.

Kitchen

Are you going to be living with roommates? Before moving in, talk to your roommates about the plan for communal items such as plates, silverware, and cookware. If your apartment is not equipped with a microwave, decide who will be in charge of purchasing one, or if you are all going to chip in.

Living Room

Your primary common area will have the most to move. Arrange movers to come to transport furniture such as your couch, coffee table, and television. Large furniture can be difficult to move, and moving pieces on your own can lead to damage to your walls, floors, and hallways. Hire professionals with good references and knowledge of moving through narrow apartment buildings.

Storage

If your apartment doesn’t come with as much storage as your dorm room, you’ll need to make arrangements to hold your things for the time being. If you don’t have a lot that won’t fit into your new residence, OnDemand Storage has the perfect solution for you! Our virtual storage units mean you won’t need to lug things back and forth between a self-storage facility. You’ll never need to go to the unit yourselves! We provide full pickup and delivery service throughout the Boston area and move people and groups from dorms to apartments regularly.

Virtual Storage for Students & Renters in Boston

OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

What Should I Bring When I Study Abroad?

If you are thinking about studying abroad at any point during your college experience, packing the right essentials is crucial. Since you won’t be able to bring everything you would normally bring to your dorm room, suitcase space is vital. Before you get on the plane, make sure you have the following packed!

Universal Adapters

Outlets may change from country to country, so your phone or laptop chargers may not be able to fit. A universal adapter can be purchased before you leave and will be able to work with any outlet. It will have at least two USB ports, perfect for your phone, iPod, e-reader or watch charger.

Toiletries & Snacks

If you have a favorite brand of shampoo or deodorant, pack travel-size containers of each. Your favorite brand may not be available where you are studying, and a travel size can help keep you clean while you search for something similar. Likewise, your favorite snack food may not be available in your new home country. Pack a box or bag of your favorite snack that meets travel regulations for when you start to feel homesick.

Appropriate Clothing & Shoes

Chances are, you won’t be able to go home to do a clothing switch partway through your semester, and buying a whole new wardrobe overseas can break your student budget. Make sure you pack weather and culturally-appropriate clothing, including pants, long skirts, light jackets and a heavier coat for winter. A scarf is also considered appropriate for visiting certain landmarks or countries. You’ll be doing a lot of walking as you explore new areas, and bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes will prevent blisters and other injuries.

E-reader

You’re going to need something to keep you entertained on long train or bus rides, and space will be tight enough without trying to fit a few heavy books into your suitcase or backpack. An e-reader like the Kindle or Nook is lightweight, compact and can hold books for fun, guidebooks and school books.

Student Storage & Shipping in Boston

If you are looking for a place to keep your things near your school during your semester abroad, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer student storage at schools across the East Coast of the United States. If you forgot something at home or in your storage unit, we provide shipping! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

What Do I Need to Bring to My Dorm Room?

As you get ready to move back into school, it is important to make sure you have everything you need to live successfully in your dorm room. From essential toiletries to study aids and organization tools, the list of things to help ease the transition back to school go smoothly.

Clothing

Going to school on the East Coast means that you will see rapidly changing weather between when you move back to campus and Thanksgiving, between the dog days of late summer to heavy fall rains and surprise snowstorms in the early winter. You’ll need to make sure your closet is ready for any storm or heat wave that can come your way with light jackets, jeans, and different types of shirts. Bring a pair of sturdy, weather-resistant boots, as well as regular shoes and dress shoes. You should have at least one professional outfit for presentations and interviews, and one outfit for more formal occasions like dances, dates or Greek Life events.

Dorm Accessories

You’ll need to bring items from home that you use in your day-to-day life, including toiletries, bedding, and cleaning supplies. Make sure you have two sets of sheets and at least two sets of towels. Bring a shower caddy to contain your shower supplies, as well as a pair of knockaround flip-flops or shower shoes. For in-room meals or snacks, bring either a place setting you can wash or paper plates and utensils. Since you will be living there for an extended period of time, you should also bring posters, photos and other decorations to transform your dorm into your own space.

Study Aids & Tools

Even if you suspect that you’ll be using your laptop for most of your classes, you will still need to make sure you have basic school supplies. Pack a few notebooks to cover each class, an assortment of pens, index cards, a stapler, and a ruler. You can never go wrong with an extra pair of scissors or a roll of tape in your dorm room, or highlighters to help you keep key passages fresh in your memory as you study.

Virtual Student Storage in the Greater Boston Area

If you have discovered that you have brought too many things to fit into your dorm room, contact OnDemand Storage about securing a virtual storage unit! We will pick up your things and bring them to our secure facility. You’ll never need to step foot in the unit! If you decide that you want something that you’ve put into storage, just log into your personalized dashboard to schedule a delivery. You’ll be able to see a full inventory of everything you have stored with us.  OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Preparing for Moving Day in Boston

September 1st is known in Boston as “Moving Day,” with the majority of leases taking effect. Navigating through Moving Day can be a challenge between road changes, student move-ins, and parking permits. If you are getting ready to move, make sure you follow these tips to settle into your new home!

Make Sure You Have Parking Permits

Parking permits are vital throughout moving week. In addition to protecting your vehicle from tickets, the permit allows you to park a moving truck in front of your new home. With everyone else around the city moving on the same day, parking will be nearly impossible to find, and you might wind up paying for additional hours to accommodate for the parking search. The permit will allow you to park for a designated time during the day in order to allow your neighbors time to park.

Check Your Moving Company’s License & Insurance

The majority of last-minute calls to moving companies during the first week of September come from students or families whose moving companies took advantage of them or disappeared at the last minute. Make sure you check your company’s license online before putting down a deposit or signing a contract and have the company provide a written estimate for services. The estimate should cover all aspects of the move, from mileage to loading and unloading the truck to insurance. Making sure your moving company is properly insured will protect you in the event that one of the team members is injured during your move, or if one of your belongings is broken or lost in transit.

Delay Your Moving Date if Possible

Are most of your belongings in storage? If so, try to delay your moving date by a few days. While living with just the bare necessities isn’t ideal, you will be able to save a great deal of time and money by waiting for the initial wave to pass. If your items are in storage, make sure you check with your storage company about when your unit needs to be cleared. If you are working with a virtual storage company like OnDemand Storage, the contents of your storage unit can even be delivered to you.

Virtual Storage in Boston, Cambridge, Allston & Somerville, MA

If you are going abroad this semester or stored your belongings with us this summer, contact OnDemand Storage! When you request a delivery of your items, we can have them back to you in as little as 24 hours. If you are looking to store your belongings near you school while you study in a new location, we will be able to pick up your things and store them in a virtual storage unit until your return. If you are in need of something in the unit, we will be able to ship it directly to you! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Packing Your Room at Boarding School

Summer is nearly here, with high school graduation season upon us. If you are getting ready to move back home after your semester is over, follow these tips to pack your boarding school dorm room efficiently!

Start Early & Pack in Stages

You don’t want to leave all of your packing until the last minute. In the time before finals begin, take an hour or so per day to go through your belongings and sort out what you may or may not need next year. This reduces the amount of time it will take in the final stretch when you’ll need to spend more time concentrating on exams and papers.

Unplug Your Refrigerator in Advance

Your fridge is constantly running, and once you unplug it, the ice and condensation built up inside will begin to melt and could leak. Giving it time to settle to room temperature before moving it to your storage facility saves a lot of mess. Make sure the area is surrounded by towels to soak up the excess water.

 Organize & Roll Your Clothes

Keep your clothing together and sorted by season in order to find what you’re looking for next fall. If you feel like you are running low on room, roll your shirts and pants. This takes up less room than folding your clothes flat, and you can layer in your socks in any nooks and empty spaces.

Pack Books in Suitcases

Your books are heavier than your clothes, and packing them in the incorrect type of box can lead to moving disaster. Your boxes can buckle in transit, and you could lose them if they are not labeled properly. Moving any books you are looking to keep in wheeled suitcases allows easier moving and reduces the risk of overpacking.

Utilize Your Plastic Bins

If you are planning to keep a lot of your belongings near school, use your plastic bins! These are perfect for holding your clothes and any odds and ends you may have accumulated throughout the year.

Storage for Boarding School Students in Boston

If you need a place to store your things over the summer before next semester starts, contact OnDemand Storage! We provide virtual storage for boarding school students across New England, providing pickup and delivery service so you don’t need to worry about how to get your things to and from a unit. OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Packing Tips for Your Semester Abroad

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.

Pack Your Mirrors Safely

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.

The Importance of Using Good Packing Materials

man taping a box to moveGetting ready to move out at the end of the semester is a process, to say the least. Between organizing items to take with you or put into storage, you may be looking for ways to make the process easier. Making sure you are using sturdy and protective packing materials will go a long way in making sure your belongings are kept safe.

Use the right moving boxes

Local supermarkets and big box stores may sell or even give away used boxes for people looking for packing materials. These boxes can cause problems during your move. Produce boxes are designed to handle less weight than regular moving boxes and are prone to tearing along the edges and buckling during the moving process. Using a variety of different-sized boxes can also make it difficult to stack without boxes hanging over edges or weaker boxes collapsing under the weight. If you moved into school with large plastic bins, making sure they are packed evenly and not overweighed is vital to keeping the bin stable. Moving and storage companies often sell specialty boxes designed for moving and heavy items for less than $2 per box.

Label each box clearly

You might not need to unpack each box immediately after moving into your new dorm or apartment. Make sure each box is labeled with its designated room on at least three sides with brief descriptions of the contents, such as “KITCHEN- pots, pans, and silverware” or “BEDROOM- books.” This will make unloading your items and unpacking each box more efficient because there’s less of a chance you will forget where a specific thing is packed.

Filling the empty spaces

It’s highly unlikely that your things will perfectly stack up and fill the entirety of a box. To keep delicate items safe, it’s important to make sure the gaps are filled with paper. It provides a layer of protection from scratching and keeps each item firmly in place during transport.  Adding paper to your box will also make sure you do not overpack, keeping each at a reasonable weight.

Packing Materials for Students at ODS Box Days

If you are still figuring out what to do with your belongings this summer, contact OnDemand Storage today! We are still accepting signups from schools across the East Coast and provide packing materials to students signed up on ODS Box Days, conveniently timed before finals begin. To sign up, OnDemand can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our signup form.

Decluttering During Spring Cleaning

woman packing a trunk of clothesSpring is finally here! Now that it’s finally nice enough to open some windows, you may start to feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff in your home. While you go about disinfecting surfaces and dusting corners, this is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your living area so you have more space!

Begin with a strategy

Contrary to popular belief, decluttering doesn’t need to be done in just one day. In order to chip away at your piles and see gradual results, throw away or donate one thing each day for 30 days. This will remove the stress of the situation while slowly and surely showing results. If you want to see a difference sooner, do this with the number of items in the number of the day- one on the first day, three on the third day. By the end of the month, your home will be unrecognizable!

Go through your closet

You probably have clothes you haven’t worn in some time. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, put it in a pile for donation. If you have a lot of clothes hanging in your closet, flip each hanger so they are facing the same direction. When you where the article of clothing, flip the hanger. At the end of the month, donate whatever has not been flipped. If the clothes you are not wearing are out of season, pack them up for storage to conserve space.

Remove duplicate items from your home

At some point, you may have gone to the store and bought something you already had but forgotten about. Whether it’s a set of pots and pans or a few extra blankets stacked up on the couch, these items will take up valuable room in your home. It’s always good to have a backup just in case, so pack up any new or gently used duplicates and put them into storage. Duplicates that are overworn and at the end of their lifespan should be properly disposed of.

Residential & Student Storage in Boston

If you are trying to make room in your home and don’t have time to do a ton of research on self-storage facilities, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer virtual storage with pickup and delivery, so you won’t ever have to go to your unit! You will be able to view every item you have stored with us online and request delivery whenever you want. Your belongings will be back in your possession within 24 hours! For more information on our virtual storage units, OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.