If you're going to be storing your personal belongings for an extended period of time, you want to make sure that it's going to be protected. The first thing you need to do is choose a storage facility that provides on-site management, and 24-hour surveillance cameras. It's also a good idea to ensure that the facility is equipped with security gates that remain locked during certain hours of the night. Those steps will ensure that your belongings are protected against theft. However, you'll need to go above and beyond those steps to ensure total protection for your personal belongings. You'll need to consider the other issues that can cause damage to your possessions. Here are just a few of the steps you'll need to take to protect your personal belongings from damage while they're in self-storage units.

Desiccant Packs for Moisture

If you haven't chosen a climate-controlled storage unit for your possessions, you'll need to make sure everything is protected against moisture damage. Moisture can lead to mold growth, which can damage just about everything you own. Not only that, but moisture can wreak havoc on your wood furniture, as well as your electronic equipment. The best way to prevent moisture damage is to place desiccant packs throughout the storage unit, especially inside containers with your clothing, and inside the drawers of your wood furniture. It's also a good idea to place an open container of charcoal briquettes in your storage unit. The charcoal will help absorb excess moisture.

Cedar Chips for Odor Control

You never know when someone in the adjoining units is going to place something in storage that will cause odors problems for your possessions. The last thing you want is to end up having your possessions develop foul odor problems while they're in storage. This can be particularly troublesome for clothing, mattresses, and upholstered furniture. You can keep the foul odors away by placing a bucket of cedar chips in your storage unit.

Herbs to Keep the Rodents Away

Mice and rats can destroy your personal belongings, especially when you're not around to watch for pest activity. You don't want to open your storage unit and find that your belongings have been chewed to pieces by mice and rats. To make sure they stay out of your storage unit, go heavy on the herbs. Sprinkle sage, lavender, and mint along the edges of your storage unit to keep the rodents away. An added benefit is that the herbs will also keep spiders and ants away.