Keeping Your Belongings Safe During an Extended Absence

Published: April 3rd 2021
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Heading out of town for a while? Chances are you’ve already taken the necessary steps to ensure that everything will be just as it was when you arrive home from your extended absence. If you’ve already put a hold on your mail at the post office, arranged for someone to care for any pets or plants you may have, and emptied your fridge to avoid coming home to a stinky surprise, you’re crushing it! (Bonus points if you’ve also adjusted your thermostat to maintain an optimal temperature in your home and shut off your main water valve- you are clearly a travel ninja!)

But have you given any thought to the valuables in your house? If you have a security system, one of the most important things you can do is make sure it’s armed and ready to thwart any would-be burglars before you leave. However, some belongings, such as family heirlooms, high-value artwork, or cash are still perhaps a bit too valuable to leave at the mercy of a security system, and you may have deeper concerns about leaving your most important belongings behind for weeks or even months at a time.

Fear not! We’ve got some outside-the-box ideas for protecting your most treasured possessions no matter where you are in the world. Consider trying one of these tips before you take to the skies, sea, or road for your long-term travel plans.

Safe Deposit Box

A number of people rely on safe deposit boxes to keep their most important documents and valuable belongings safe. These secure metal containers are used to store valuables at a bank or credit union. Customers pay annually for the privilege of having the contents of their safe deposit boxes securely under the protection of the bank. A safe deposit box may be the best way to go for ensuring that your most important belongings stay safe during your extended absence.


If your valuable belongings are too large for a safe deposit box, self-storage may be the best option for you. It's so humid here in Philly, so I also need to take that into account. Storing your possessions in one of the climate-controlled Philadelphia self-storage unitscan help ensure that the things that matter most to you remain protected for the duration of your extended travel. Not only can you have peace of mind that your belongings will be safe from theft, but you can also rest assured that you won’t have to worry about fire, flooding, or any other hazards that could potentially cause damage while you’re gone.

Friends and Family

Of course, nothing beats a trusted friend or relative when it comes to taking care of your valuables while you’re out of town. You can make a list of people you trust to care for your possessions and ask them if they are willing to take them until you are back. Keep in mind, however, that you may still have to worry about the security of their homes, and trust that your belongings will be well-protected until your return.

By taking care of your valuables by finding them a safe place during your voyage, you can relax and enjoy your trip, knowing that everything will be just as it should be when you get back home!


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