How To Store Your Belongings Safely In Cold Weather

If you live in the north, whether you are storing belongings in your home or off-site in a storage unit, you have to deal with the realities of the weather. That means taking measures to ensure your belongings are protected from cold weather. Keeping things in storage while it is cold outside requires some different precautionary measures than those that are required when storing items when temperatures are warmer. Below are some tips for storing your belongings safely in cold weather.

Climate Controlled Storage

If you are storing items in a storage unit and want to ensure that everything is well protected and won't deteriorate over the cold winter months, then climate controlled storage is a must. Having a constant temperature and limited humidity is necessary to protect electronics, vehicles, valuable collectibles, organic fabrics and much more. A climate controlled unit will provide you with peace of mind by ensuring that your items are not suffering damage while they are not in your possession.

Be Careful with Canned Food and Bottled Items

Many people keep canned food and things like bottled water and juices in storage to avoid having to go to the store as often, and to ensure they have them in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. You need to be careful how and where you store things like this, however, as sub-zero temperatures can quickly turn canned food and liquids rock solid, sometimes causing the containers to burst. You might come into your storage space to find that your canned and bottled goods have burst, melted, and leaked all over the storage space.


If you are storing things in boxes during extremely cold weather and want some added insulation just in case, consider packing peanuts. You can get biodegradable cornstarch packing peanuts that help keep your items insulated and warm during the winter months. Keep in mind, however, that because they are biodegradable, if they get wet while they are in storage, they may turn to mush.


If you are storing anything that takes batteries, remove the batteries before putting the items in the storage unit. Batteries should never be kept in frigid temperatures (especially if it is the battery of a vehicle like a tractor, boat or car).

If you are thinking about putting things away into storage for the winter and would like to ensure that they come out in the spring exactly how they went in, keep the above cold weather storage tips in mind. They will help you keep your items safe and sound over the winter months.