Using Your Self Storage Unit to Store Outdoor Equipment in Tennessee

A man fishing on a boat

Head southeast of Nashville, TN, and you’ll find an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Locals and visitors alike can spend weekends fishing at Percy Priest Lake and enjoy family time together at Pool Knobs Recreation Area near La Vergne. Whether you tend to spend the entire day on the water or prefer something a little more active, you’ll need a place to stash your gear.

Compass’s self storage units in Middle Tennessee aren’t just great for everyday residential items—they’re also ideal for protecting your outdoor equipment when you’re not playing, hiking, fishing or camping. See how our self storage units can be a great tool on your next outdoor adventure.

How to Store Fishing Gear

Be ready for your next day at Percy Priest Lake by cleaning your equipment first. Using a soft toothbrush, remove dirt from rods. Wash both rods and reels with soapy water, adding vinegar to the solution when sudsing up your fishing rods. Lubricate moving reel parts with oil, then turn the handle after applying Vaseline to circulate it through the various parts.

Don’t forget waxing your rod joints, too. Wax rod joints (also known as ferrules) with paraffin to protect areas where the sections meet. Remove excess product, and be sure your gear is dry before placing it in your self storage unit. Loosen the drag system, and place rods and reels on a rack while not in use.

How to Store Camping Equipment

For those who enjoy unwinding at Pool Knobs Recreation Area, proper camping gear storage is key. After taking inventory, thoroughly clean cookware. Remove batteries from flashlights and other supplies, and make sure your tents, sleeping bags, and other essentials are completely dry. Never store lighter fluid—or anything flammable, for that matter—in your storage unit. Place everything in clearly labeled boxes, storing larger ones on the bottom of each stack. Make your gear more easily accessible at the front of your storage space so you’re ready to go camping whenever the mood strikes!

How to Store Canoes and Kayaks

If your canoe or kayak fits in your storage unit, this is a great place to keep it safe when you’re not on Percy Priest Lake. Like all your other equipment, be sure it’s debris-free and clean before placing it in storage. Although it’s indoors, covering it with a tarp or other fabric helps keep it in lake-ready condition. Don’t have a rack? Rest it carefully on its side against the wall to prevent slipping.

Got a larger boat? If it’s small enough to fit in a drive-up storage unit, you can do so just like a canoe or a kayak. But if it’s larger, we still might be able to help. We provide boat storage in the form of outdoor spaces that can be rented on a month-to-month basis just like our other storage units.

Tennessee Self Storage Near You

Be ready for outdoor fun any time by safeguarding your gear in a clean, secure self storage unit. Compass offers conveniently located units throughout Middle Tennessee, for easy access. We provide self storage in the following locations:

Best of all, renting a self storage unit has never been easier. While you can still stop by a storage facility near you or give them a call to rent a storage unit, that’s not all. Compass offers online rentals and online reservations at all of our storage locations. Rent or reserve your storage unit directly from your home (or even from the wilds if you’ve got internet access) today!