Sports to Try if Only You Had
the Storage Space
Do you ever feel that there are sports that you wouldn’t mind giving a try, but your small apartment just won’t accommodate the equipment needed to do said sport? In today’s age, there are so many more activities to choose from than there were even just a few years ago.
One of the newer trends in outdoor activities is Paddle Boarding. It’s definitely a fun activity and one that’s not too difficult for the novice to partake in. The only problem is that the board itself can be huge. Of course, there are inflatable versions of paddle boards, but the really stable versions are made of fiberglass and foam, making them rigid and something that takes up an enormous amount of space, given that the length of a paddle board is between 10 and 11 feet.
Kayaking is the older cousin of paddle boarding and has the same options. There are two types of kayaks in terms of seating. The sit-in kayak and the sit-on kayak. The sit-in kayak describes just that. Your legs will be enclosed in a cockpit, which positions you closer to the water line. The benefit of this style is that your legs will be protected from wind and water spray. A sit-on kayak is typically the kind that keeps you a little higher than the water line. This type is easier to enter and exit, but you will most likely get wet from water spray and splashing. There are various types of both styles of kayaks as well as tandem kayaks. There are inflatable types that are easy for storage, but the more durable versions are made out of polyethylene resin, fiberglass, or other material. The downside of these is that they are big and hard to store. Some touring kayaks reach as long as 24 feet. And if you have this 407-foot kayak, storage might be a serious problem!
Surfing & Windsurfing
If you live near a coast, the ocean is calling your name. It’s saying, “surf me!” But to do that, you’ll need to get yourself a surfboard. There are many types of surfboards out there from shortboards that are 6-7 feet long, up to longboards that can be as long as 12 feet. Windsurfing takes this to another level. For windsurfing you’ll be needing a sailboard, which is comprised of a board and a rig (sail.) The board has foot straps for additional control. These boards can also be up to 12 feet long and weigh around 40 lbs. You may also want to consider buying a board bag to easily haul your gear around and protect it while not in use.
Snowboarding and Skiing
While snowboards and skis don’t take up as much room as the above activities, they are still large items. And, when you include all the gear to go along with them such as the boots, helmet, goggles, snow apparel, etc., this all takes up room.
Mountainboarding is a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding. The boards look like skateboards, but have bindings similar to a snowboard as well as pneumatic tires and steering trucks. Mountainboards are used on boardercross tracks, skateparks, nature trails, slopestyle parks, and other natural terrain.
With the pandemic still going on, home fitness has become all the rage. But there’s one small problem. Where to put all the equipment? Whether that’s a treadmill, rowing machine, stationary bike, elliptical machine or something else, these all take an enormous amount of room. Our advice is to put certain pieces in storage and keep others in your home or apartment. When you feel the need for a change, switch them out.
Have you considered picking up the frustrating game of golf? If you do, golf equipment is another item that takes up some space in a small living space. You’ve got your clubs in a golf bag, shoes, maybe a pull cart, and possibly a travel bag.
Mountain Biking or Cycling
Most of us have had a bike in our lifetimes, but if you haven’t and want to pick one up as a sport or just to get yourself from point A to point B, just know that you’ll need some room to store it. You can go for this cool bike wall mount, or opt to keep your bike or bikes in your storage unit.
Fishing & Hunting
Most of us have fished at least once in our lifetime. But say you want to start taking up the sport in a serious way. If that’s the case, you’ll most likely need several rods and reels, tackle boxes, items like waders, nets, and fishing vests. If you want to get into hunting, this requires a lot of space as well. Guns, ammunition, clothing, decoys, carts, and many more items might be needed. This stuff all takes up room. A storage unit is actually the perfect solution. Many of our customers rent storage at one of our facilities that is located on the way to their fishing or hunting spot. Mind you, we don’t allow guns or ammunition to be stored in our facilities, but the rest can definitely be kept here. If you like to take your RV on these trips, we can store that too!
These are just a few of the many sports with equipment that take up room. When you rent a storage unit for these items, the benefits are numerous. With our long access hours and every day access, you can get to your items when you need to. Our units are dry with low humidity meaning that the integrity of your belongings will stay intact. And our security measures ensure that your items will be safe and secure just as you left them. Time to hit the great outdoors!
About the Author: Derek Hines
Internet Marketing Specialist
Derek is originally from the great state of Wisconsin (go Badgers), but is slowly becoming a Pacific Northwesterner. As part of the Internet Marketing team, he writes extensively on storage, moving and life for West Coast Self-Storage, based in Everett, Washington.