Storage for Sea Year

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  1. dblomomkp2013

    dblomomkp2013 Member

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    We have a DS going to sea for the first time next month. Can anyone shed some light on where the mids store their "stuff" while away for 6 months and what is the best way to store their belongings? We are assuming containers such as Rubbermaid Action Packers and do the containers need to be locked?? Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. jessibee2013

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    Wondering the same thing! Thanks for posting the question. DS is rather vague about the specifics.
     
  3. kpmom2011

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    First, don't worry about your child storage situation. They will figure it out :) Don't forget soon they will be going around the world on their own, where to keep their things are the least of their problems now.

    Ok now that I've said that..........If you can send some large plastic containers with lids that will help them out. It is quite a site to be there the day/night that the kids take their belongings to the sea locker. They are very ingenious in the ways they transport them. :)
     
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    Thanks, that is helpful.
    BTW- my need for the information centers around figuring out if we are
    1) driving to NY to pick him and all his "stuff" up OR
    2) buying him a plane ticket to fly home.
     
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    The heavy duty tubs with lids are the best way to store their items. Just send duct tape along so they can tape the lids shut.

    While our D/S was at sea, they ended up moving the sea locker so when he returned his stuff was in three seperate places. It was marked properly and wasn't much of an issue to find when he returned.

    Also, having containers up there helped with us moving him home after graduation. It's amazing that they go up there with one duffle bag and fan and they come home with a trailer load of "Stuff".:shake:
     
  6. publicenemy

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    Personally, if you live within a reasonable driving distance from KP, I would suggest taking everything home instead of using the baggage lockers at school. There is a limit to how much can be put in the baggage locker, and it just always seemed easier for me to make the 5 hour drive home to take everything back there. That way, I never had to worry about when the baggage locker was open, where my stuff might get moved, or what stuff I needed to keep and what I had to get rid of.
     
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    Home storage

    When we picked up our son at KP in March for his second sea year, we went home with stuff from some of his friends as well. Maybe we can charge a storage fee and make some money on this deal! But seriously, alot of the Mids are worried their stuff will disappear and they don't want to leave it at school. I agree with Public Enemy, try to bring home as much as you can.
     
  8. kpmom2011

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    If you can drive then do it, and take the "expensive" things home. However, your mid should store some things in the baggage locker because you never know if they will get a chance to come home before reporting back to KP for school, so the essential things should be kept in well marked containers in the baggage storage. My son has not had a problem with his stuff. However, a few years ago when the boat house burned a lot of mids stuff went with it. I would also suggest your mid contact USAA and get their special insurance on personal items. It costs about $30 per year to cover everything, including class ring and computer, and is worth it.

    I still have a gigantic walk-in closet with belongings of 4 Mids. The way I look at it, if not claimed by the time my son graduates in 2011 then it's mine or Goodwill's. :)
     

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