Store Your Winter Gear in Mobile Storage Containers
Spring will be here before we know it, and the snow in neighborhoods and states nationwide will start to melt. After a cold winter, many people are looking forward to warm, sunny days. Everyone has different favorite summer activities – beaching, hiking, traveling. Likewise, many people enjoy a wide variety of winter activities, many of which require space-consuming gear and apparel.
Snowmobiling, Skiing and Snowshoeing
According to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, there are 1.3 million snowmobiles registered in the U.S., and an additional 600,000 in Canada.
Snowmobiling isn’t the only winter recreational activity many Americans take part in. Skiing is enjoyed by more than 20 million U.S. citizens, according to a survey by SnowSports Industries America. While some of these people may opt to rent skis at resorts or other skiing destinations, many own their personal equipment.
Plus, as blogger Taralyn Howse pointed out, many avid skiers have a wide variety of skis to choose from. Cross-country skis are very different than the downhill variety, and within those two main categories lie several others, like those meant for speed skating. Rock skis, used by downhill skiers during the early season when snow is sparse, are another kind.
Beyond skiing, there are plenty of activities people can do on hills and trails in the winter. Snowshoeing is a popular pastime, as are snowboarding and sledding.
Hockey and Figure Skating
Outdoor sports like snowboarding and snowmobiling are popular, but indoor sports get their fair share of attention during the winter, too. According to USA Hockey, more than 1 million people in the U.S. play hockey.
Hockey requires more gear than just skates. All players must have:
+ Neck guard
+ Elbow, shoulder and knee pads
+ Pants and socks
Even more equipment is needed for goalies, such as special pads and a blocker.
Players begin learning the game at just seven years old, sometimes younger. For a family with multiple children playing hockey, gear quickly piles up and gets larger as the players get older.
Figure skating attracts thousands of participants every year, too. According to US Figure Skating, there were more than 170,000 figure skating members in the 2013-2014 season.
How Portable Storage Units Can Help You
These popular sports and activities involve a good amount of gear stored in someone’s home. Beyond skates, sticks, skis, and things like helmets that go along with them, everyone who lives in a colder climate during the winter has boots, jackets, gloves and hats to keep them warm. Other equipment, like snowblowers and shovels, are used to keep driveways and sidewalks clear. Some even have snow plows attached to a truck to clear out large sections of snow.
While these items are important to have during the winter, when summer approaches, many people want to get them out of the way until they are needed again – several months down the road.
Some might opt to put these items in the garage or a basement. However, stashing your winter things in the garage may mean parking your car outside, where it is at greater risk of vandalism or weather damage. Keeping these belongings in the basement can be a pain for heavier things like the snow blower, and might not even be feasible for something as large as the snowmobile.
Instead of stashing your winter apparel and equipment in places clearly meant for better use, consider using a Mobile Mini storage container. These are secure and weather resistant, so you know that even your most valuable skis and snow blowers will be protected and safe. Mini storage containers are also convenient, as they can be stored on your property for on-site storage – easily accessible year-round.
Mobile Mini offers a variety of storage container sizes, and other customized solutions to meet your needs. Portable storage units for rent are convenient for temporary purposes; many residents who rotate through summer and winter gear, apparel and furniture will even buy a storage container! Call Mobile Mini today to learn about your options!