Tampa, FL Military Storage

Lubabah Memon | March 21, 2016 @ 5:05 PM

Florida is home to 21 military bases, two of which are in Tampa.  Military bases means military personnel, and military personnel means a need for storage.  When you’re living the military life, you’re constantly on the move and always having to take a bunch of things with you every time you need to go to a different base.  Moving is always hard, and you don’t always need everything you own when you’re going somewhere temporarily.  Choose one of the 112 storage facilities that Tampa has to offer and store your stuff so you don’t break your back moving your couch every few months.  If this is a new concept for you, keep reading and we will turn you into a storage pro!

Tampa Military Bases

One of the major military bases in Tampa is the Macdill Air Force Base.  This base is situated right on the water and is home to 3,000 U.S. Airmen and 12,000 service members and staff.  The base has two major units of the U.S. Air Force and hosts major tenant units including the U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the U.S. Marine Forces Command Central—we’re talking about the big dogs.  All of the military personnel living on the base, and those that are visiting for extended periods of time, need a place to store their stuff.  With so many people, there’s definitely not enough space for there to be a storage facility on the base.  Military personnel of this base can easily store their things at Interbay Self Storage, which is only 2.7 miles away from the base and offers video surveillance, keypad access to the facility and your storage unit, an on-site manager, and access to the unit seven days a week.  You can also store your stuff at StorQuest Self Storage, which is only 4.1 miles away and offers similar amenities.

Another major base in Tampa is Air Station Clearwater Coast Guard Base.  This base is responsible for air space and waters around Florida, the Caribbean Basin, the Gulf of Mexico, and two air stations in the Bahamas.  They also help combat drug and human smuggling in the U.S. and international waters.  This base houses 600 coast guard and civilian personnel, and doesn’t have too big of a housing area.  If you call this base home, consider storing at Florida Mini Storage, which is two miles away from the base, or U-Stor Self Storage, which is 3.1 miles away.  Both of these facilities offer great amenities and are conveniently located, so it will be easy for you to grab your things on your morning jog.

Humidity and the Ocean

The best part about living in Tampa is having easy access to beautiful beaches.  However, these beaches and the even more amazing weather can be deceiving.  Tampa has a very humid climate, making it difficult to store things like guns.  Not all storage facilities allow you to store guns, so first check to see if it’s even possible for you to do so.  Also, be sure to store your things in a climate controlled unit so that the excessive heat and humidity don’t cause your guns to rust.  If guns are the only things you’re looking to store, some facilities also offer lockers so you don’t have to rent a huge unit to store a few items.

You should also opt to store in a facility that is more inland.  The ocean’s air has a high salt content so when you’re storing things made out of metal, it’s likely that your items will be damaged.  Salt and humidity are two things that you do not want to have in the same room with your belongings.

Don’t Leave Your Things Unattended

It’s virtually impossible for you to keep an eye on your things at all times, especially with a military schedule.  Tampa has a high annual property crime rate of 9,240 crimes, making it dangerous to leave your things lying around.  Storage facilities offer some great security measures to ensure the safety of your belongings.  Look for facilities that offer any combination of the following amenities:  24-hour video surveillance, on-site managers, security guards, units with individual alarms, electronically gated facilities, and well-lit grounds.  Given the crime rate, it’s very common for storage facilities to offer units with individual alarm systems, which is a great way to deter thieves.

Deployment

When you’re being deployed overseas for a mission, you might not know how long you’ll be gone or how difficult it may be for you to keep in touch with people back home.  Storage facilities offer a number of options that will make things easier for you when life tough.  For starters, they offer online bill pay so you don’t have to make trips to your storage facility to pay your bill every month.  You can easily pay your bill online from anywhere in the world.  Also, if you’re deployed and happen to default on your payments because of your current circumstances, you don’t have to worry about the contents of your unit being auctioned off because the government prohibits it.  Talk about perks!

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