Living out of a storage unit (1 Viewer)

Click here to buy the Anarchist's Guide to Travel!


I'm a d-bag and got banned.
Dec 15, 2013
silver city, new mexico
I lived in several storage units in different cities in America and highly encourage it. Obviously you need a place that offers 24/7 access to the gate or a perimeter that can be easily breached and accessed any time of the night without raising suspicion. It can be very difficult to pull off in big cities downtown or towns that have a lot of homeless people or migrant workers; the city edges or inner suburbs have better spots. Smaller mom and pop places are more possible than big name high security places. Visit a list of them and really judge the owner/manager on how tolerant they would be to a homeless person. My strategy was usually to straight up tell them I was homeless, working, and camping nearby and needed a place to access my stuff 24/7 every night and morning. Just assure them convincingly that you will not be sleeping in the unit and gauge their reaction, count on a few of them saying no, but keep trying for a good one--if they give you a contract after that, they are probably sympathetic and you wont have trouble. Sometimes you don't even want to admit to that to avoid drawing heat to yourself. NEVER admit to sleeping there because there are strict laws they have to follow about it.

A couple examples: One facility I stayed in despite cameras and automated gates since their fences were easy to breach. I started by entering with my motorbike to park it every night then leaving the automated gate on camera THEN sneaking back in through the many gaps in their fences to sleep in my unit. Eventually when I grew comfortable there I stopped sneaking and blatantly entered and left through the gate every night and morning with no trouble. A different facility I stayed in had a landlord that would ask me if I was sleeping in there every chance she saw me, even hired a security guard that would accuse me when i was on premises at night, so I had to camp out a few nights. He left after a month; I went back to sleeping in there with no trouble and I even came back years later to rent and sleep in the same spot with no harassment from that landlord. The good landlords really dont want to catch you but there are still laws they have to follow and in heavily homeless populated areas they just want to keep the sloppy people out.
Last edited:


Sometimes traveler is traveling.
Staff member
Jul 28, 2011
Rochester, NY
Interesting - I often wondered about these - not the ones I see mostly in the city as they are just blatantly in view but more out of the city. And also curious of this because of lets say crime shows and what not and it will focus on a storage unit sometimes where they have stored stuff at and visited regularly or even it looks lived in.
Apr 23, 2018
Huntington, WV
Ohio outlawed it a few years ago. I guess they figure anyone doing it is trying to break into other units and steal for a living while dwelling in one of the units.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $50.00 of $50.00 - reached!
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $75.00 of $75.00 - reached!
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $100.00 of $100.00 - reached!
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $100.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

Latest Status Updates

First track of one of a solid album.
This shit is getting real, under self isolation - no, it's self quarantine now - thanks to some jerk who came to the Plant knowingly sick.
He has judged himself, as for me... my locker has been emptied because I am not putting up with that bullshit.
Looks like I just decided to take an early retirement, so on to greener pastures I go......
Be safe out there, perhaps we'll meet again when times are better.
I hope that y'all are good and safe wherever you may happen to be. Take care of yourselves, may the wind always be at your back <3
When Democrat and Republican politicians argue and fuck up so badly we end up taking 1st place in Plague Inc irl:

So, here's something great! After finally saying NO to eating carbs and sugar this morning (since that's mostly all there is to eat at home) and instead bought and ate vegetables, I actually don't have cravings anymore!

All I've eaten today is two sweet potatoes and some broccoli, and I don't have any food cravings, and I'm not lethargic!
Matt Derrick wrote on snailormoon's profile.
aww i really like your new profile picture.
Beautiful day to be alive and listen to the birds chirp, remembering to be grateful for what we have and not worry about what we have not.
Healthy in PDX. Back here after years to keep track of those bugging out and to check in on those still on the road.