In the GTA, suburban streets and sidewalks lock in the heat as temperatures rise. Rush hour is now a permanent phenomenon being so close to Toronto, and each car is belching out exhaust and creating a shimmering mirage around tailpipes. Outside of our vehicles there are enough sweaty people milling around that it feels like you’re breathing the same recycled air. In case of the storefronts, theatres, and offices heavily air conditioned this season, that’s a fact!
We’re a proud small business located in the GTA, with our flagship store offering Richmond Hill mini storage options that are affordable, convenient, and secure. We love this little pocket of the world, but we’re not too big to admit that summer in the city gets tedious.
For those going a little squirrely in the city, the RV represents an escape from the daily grind. Combining the best of road tripping and camping, RVing can help you shed summer stress by reconnecting with nature. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Ontario Shield that’s calling your name or the flat plains of the Prairies, the knowledge that you’ll be leaving behind the smoggy GTA for the great outdoors comes with a sense of relief before you even embark on your trip!
Don’t let your excitement distract you from what lies ahead. There’s more to your trip than routes, campsites, and meal plans. If you plan on spending the Civic Holiday on the road, you have to make sure your RV is fully stocked with all of the supplies you’ll need for your journey. In such a small space, storage doesn’t come easy, so we wanted to share our favourite organizational tips for when you hit the road.
1. Remember bungee cords
If you like driving off of the beaten path, you’ll have the task of navigating your large RV down narrow and winding gravel roads. When you’re behind the wheel, all of your focus should be on the road ahead of you, not what’s going on inside the cabin. Unfortunately, these roads can knock loose untethered items and open cupboard doors. You’ll be greeted with a huge mess if you don’t place loose items in cupboards and tether their doors closed with bungee cords.
2. Repurpose shoe organizers
You know those shoe organizers that attach to the back of your door? Hang one of these on the door to your washroom to free up shelving and cupboard space. Drop toiletries and other bathroom items into the shoe slots, and you’ll have easy access to things you use daily without compromising on space. It works so well you might want to install one near your bed and the kitchen to keep your sleep things and cooking utensils respectively.
3. Remember to pull camping gear out of storage
Just because you’re on the road in a camper or a full RV doesn’t mean you won’t need your tent, sleeping bag, or camping cookware. If you plan to portage into Crown Land this summer, you’ll have to leave your vehicle behind at designated parking spots. Many of our Thornhill mini storage units are used to house customer’s camping gear, so make sure you snag this equipment from yours before you hit the road.
4. Pack tension rods
You can pick up cheap tension rods at the dollar store. Rather than use them to hold up your drapes, install them vertically in your cupboards to delineate space. It’s a great way to break up a shelf that you plan on using to store flat items, like cutting boards and trays. They also make a great impromptu drying rack for swimsuits and towels. Simply install them in the door of your bathroom and drape wet clothes over them et voila you have DIY drying rack.
5. Roll pack clothing
If the army does it to save space, we should pay attention. Instead of packing your clothes the usual way — by folding them flat — use this guide to roll your clothes. By rolling your clothes you’ll limit the amount of surface space and volume your clothing takes up, and you’ll free up a ton of space to use with other necessities. Or, you know, more clothes.
Once you have your RV packed up tight, all that’s left is hand-picking songs for your summer playlist. (We’re partial to 24K Magic and Something Like This if you’re stumped). Then there’s nothing stopping you from escaping the concrete jungle for the beautiful Canadian landscape.
Don’t forget to contact us when you roll back into the GTA. Our outdoor storage options are ideal for a large vehicle like an RV. Just give us a call, and we’ll set you up. We only ask that you let us know how your cross-country trip went!