Prepare Your Home for Louisiana Hurricanes

by Safeguard 6. November 2015 05:00

As hurricane season nears its end, Metairie, LA, residents are getting ready to breathe a sigh of relief. However, there's still a full month left, and it only takes one storm to cause serious damage. If you live in the area, you'll want to make sure that your home is ready to handle even the worst possible weather disaster. From educating your family to renting a private storage unit, there are many ways to protect yourself and your home. Create your own disaster preparedness plan using the following tips from Safeguard Self Storage. 

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Your Home

  • Trim all overhanging tree branches and unruly shrubs. Consider having dead or unhealthy trees removed.
  • If you don't have storm shutters, use pre-cut plywood to protect your windows. Your local home improvement store can offer specific advice about boarding up windows and doors.
  • Remove all patio furniture, toys and lawn equipment from your yard. These items can be damaged by flood waters, and they may also cause serious injury or structural damage if they become airborne during a storm. Store them safely in a private storage unit until the danger has passed.
  • Eliminate all fire hazards inside and outside your home.
  • Secure large, heavy or unstable indoor appliances and furniture that could cause injury.
  • Use cabinet locks to secure dishes and cookware.
  • If you live in a mobile home, check your tie downs. If a severe storm is expected, consider finding temporary shelter.
  • Teach your children and all other family members how to safely turn off electricity, gas and water in case it becomes necessary.
  • Create a disaster supply kit complete with water, food, prescription medicines, blankets, clothing, first aid essentials and flashlights.
  • If you are forced to evacuate, take all of your insurance policy information with you and leave a note to enable others to reach you.
  • If your home sustains significant damage from hurricane winds or flood water, contact your insurance company immediately. Unless you are unable to leave, do not remain in unsafe conditions. While you may be able to fix some damage on your own, your exposure to mold, smoke or biological contaminates in water could cause serious health problems; uncertain conditions should be evaluated by professionals before repairs are made.

Extra Storage Space Can Be a Lifesaver

Besides keeping your outdoor furniture out of harm's way, a self-storage unit can be stocked with extra water, non-perishable food, medications and other essentials. You can even use it to store your possessions temporarily while you make repairs to your home. Contact Safeguard Self Storage for information about affordable, climate-controlled home and commercial storage options in Metairie, LA, Kenner,LA and New Orleans, LA. 

Organize Your Chicago Business with Self Storage

by Safeguard 30. October 2015 05:00



Get Organized Week is the first week in October, and Chicago business people should take notice! Before the winter blows in and keeps you trapped indoors, take the time to declutter your office space. Safeguard Self Storage has the tips for organizing your office, and how to use self storage effectively to get excess items out of your way.

Get Rid of Office Clutter

Take on any trash around the office; Styrofoam cups, aluminum cans, left-behind leftovers, get rid of it all! Start with your personal space first, and remove any papers that are doing more harm than good. Use a small trashcan that you can carry as you go. After you’ve gotten your personal space clutter-free, dust and wipe down the surfaces. Then, move on the public areas of your office. Tackle these spaces in teams, sorting items into categorized piles, such as trash, keep and sell. Throw out any broken items and make a shopping list for replacements.

Retire Old Equipment 

Any old equipment that’s gather dust and has been replaced by newer technology should be removed from the office space. If it needs to be replaced before it’s retired, do so. We don’t recommend throwing these items out altogether though. You never know when you’ll need an old computer in a pinch if the new one breaks. Store electronics and other equipment in a nearby Chicago storage unit. Keep in mind when storing electronics that many require climate control (heating and air conditioning) to maintain their condition.

Clean Out the Storage Spaces 

Supply closets and office cabinets can quickly become disorganized. People go in, get what they need, and leave the contents in disarray. Take the time to remove any supplies that you have an abundance of and move these to your business storage unit. You can replenish the supply when it runs out, but these items can take up valuable space and cause unnecessary clutter. Only keep a reasonable amount of supplies on hand. Fifty pens can be a realistic number for a small company to keep on hand, but hundreds of pens is a little pointless. Use bins and labels to organize like items, and keep small items in sets of plastic drawers. Hang a clipboard with a blank list in easy view, and people can write down any supplies that they need.

Backup and Archive Files 

If your company has a lot of documents filling filing cabinets, then you can utilize self storage to archive these documents without losing track of them. Whether you choose to move whole filing cabinets to your storage locker, or prefer to move files into boxes, your office space can benefit from moving these items offsite. Make electronic backups to keep in the office, and transport the physical documents to a secure unit. It’s important to keep the electronic copy and the printed versions in separate places, so you’ll always have a copy of the documents if some emergency happens at either location.

Implement Organization Tactics and Routines 

Set up personal tactics for yourself and routines to help maintain the organization. You can make a list of organization tasks to implement daily, weekly, and monthly, to keep your office space organized. One simple thing to do is to clean out the fridge at the end of every week. It’s easy for people to forget leftovers, but these items can quickly leave your office reeking of rotten food. Check the supply closet organization bi-weekly to ensure everything is stocked and staying organized. If you have different departments, each team can be assigned a different task on the list. 

With so many people in the same space, it’s easy for offices to get cluttered. Take the time to organize your office and set routines in place to ensure it stays that way. And remember, even if you need to hold onto items, but don’t have space for them in your office, you can always keep them in a secure Chicago storage unit. Contact Safeguard today to find out how we can help you declutter your space.

Motorcycle Storage for Bronx Commuters

by Safeguard 23. October 2015 05:00

Winter is right around the corner, and while you've enjoyed taking your bike out for joy rides around Staten Island on the weekends and using it for your daily commute, it's time to put it away before the winter elements blow in. New York experiences very cold winters and the weather can be severe. To keep your motorcycle safe during winter − in a state where space and parking is limited – use an affordable storage unit. From the Bronx to New Rochelle, Safeguard Self Storage has a variety of New York locations that can help busy New Yorkers keep their motorcycle protected until warmer weather. 

Choose a Motorcycle Storage Facility

First step to preparing your motorcycle for storage is to find the right storage facility for your motorcycle. Take the time to vet your options, and consider the following thoughts:     

Climate Control. A temperature regulated environment (heated and air conditioned) keeps many belongings in pristine condition, and your bike is no different. By keeping the temperature and humidity levels consistent, you can prevent the possibility of rust.

Security. Motorcycles aren’t inexpensive, and you want to ensure that your investment is protected from theft. Safeguard Self Storage facilities feature computer-controlled access, digital video recording, individual door alarms and a facility-wide intercom system. These features are designed to protect valuables while in storage.

Location. Choose a location that’s near your residence so you don’t have far to travel to store and retrieve your motorcycle. You may also want to visit your baby periodically, for your peace of mind. Choosing a nearby storage facility will help make travelling to and from easier.

Unit Size. Motorcycles can fit inside smaller units, so you have more options than simply outside storage. The unit should be at least 5x10 for an average size motorcycle to fit. You can also utilize outside parking, if that’s your preferred route. But remember, your motorcycle will be exposed to more elements if it’s outdoors.

Prepare Your Motorcycle for Storage

Once you find your bike’s temporary winter home, follow these steps to get your motorcycle ready for storage.

1.    Drain all fluids. Drain the gas and oil from the bike as no flammable items are allowed in self storage units.

2.    Wash the bike. Take some time to wash the exterior of your bike. This removes any dirt or debris that may cause permanent damage. Make sure it’s completely dry before placing it in your unit.

3.    Remove the battery. Don’t leave the battery in storage, take it with you. After disconnecting it from the bike, you can keep it in your home hooked to a trickle charger so it stays charged.

4.    Move to storage. After you’ve drained the fluids, washed the bike and removed the battery, you can move your bike to its overwinter home.

5.    Cover the muffler. To prevent any dust from using your bike as an overwinter home, use motorcycle exhaust plugs or wrap a plastic bag over your muffler.

6.    Cover the bike. A cover adds another layer of protection and added peace of mind.

While there are still a few months before the winter weather really hits, now is the time to figure out your plan for your motorcycle. Waiting until the last minute could mean you’re ill-prepared when winter weather hits, and this could lead to shoddy motorcycle storage. Find a New York storage facility near you, and contact Safeguard Self Storage when you need storage advice.

10 Tips for Moving in Winter

by Safeguard 16. October 2015 05:00


In Philadelphia, you never really know what kind of winter you are going to get. Some years it’s milder, but still others bring severe snowstorms. If you're making a move in the winter season, you need to be properly prepared. Use these moving tips from Safeguard Self Storage to ensure a safe and efficient move into your new Philadelphia home – and use storage units when unpredictable winter weather threatens to ruin your move. 

Check the Weather

 Because of the inconsistency of Philadelphia winters, you’ll want to stay updated on the weather forecast. Check the days that you plan to move, and make sure there aren’t any impending storms on the horizon. You’ll want to avoid winter storms at all costs. Also, check the road conditions and traffic reports. Choose a safe route that has low traffic to ensure your safety.

Make Sure You Have Help

Recruit some friends and family to help you with the move. The more people you have, the less time you’ll spend moving out of your old home and into your new one. Whether they owe you a favor or you bribe them with payment, you’ll want to round up any able participants – and you’ll want to do it early so there’s time to plan and arrange schedules.

Clear a Path

Snow and ice covered paths are already a danger during regular transit. When carrying and moving belongings, this equation can lead to injuries. Clear the driveway and walkway at both your present home and your new one. Get rid of any and all potential tripping hazards to ensure a safe and efficient move.

Find a Temporary Home for Pets

Pets can get underfoot, so it’s best to find a temporary home for them during move in day. Either find a place to board them or send them to a friend’s house. If you can’t find a temporary home away from home for them, try locking them in a room of your new house. We’d suggest a bathroom since tile and linoleum floors make it easy to clean up any mishaps.

Pack Winter Gear Last and Unload it First

Don’t pack any winter gear that you’ll need for move-in day. Any winter gear you do pack – that you won’t be using on that day – should be packed last and unpacked first. You’ll most likely be making use of these belongings sooner rather than later, so you’ll want to have them readily on hand in your new home.

Be Careful With Temperature-Sensitive Items

Any temperature-sensitive items can be damaged in the extreme cold. This includes items like house plants and china pieces that can crack or get fine lines in extreme cold. Take special precautions with these items, such as packing them last or transporting them in your car rather than the back of a moving truck.

Dress in Layers

Keep yourself warm by dressing in layers. You’re likely to work up a sweat while moving, so having layers that are easy to remove helps you regulate your body temperature.

Protect Your New Home

Trekking in and out of your new home all day can lead to tracking dirt and grime in with you. Place towels and rugs down on the floors to keep them clean. You can also keep towels and rags on hand to wipe down your shoes before going inside your new home.

Prepare for Emergencies

Winter weather can be unpredictable and you’ll want to have some emergency supplies on hand in case your move in day gets ruined by a winter storm. If your new home is a long distance from your current home, consider investing in nearby storage unit to make the transition an easy one. You can move your belongings to a nearby Philadelphia storage unit and unpack periodically rather than taking it on in one day.

Turn – or Keep – Utilities On

Leave the utilities on in your current home until move out day, and make sure to have the utilities turned on in your new home before move in day. You won’t want to be stuck in either home without your utilities in winter – especially heat.

Self Storage Amenities You Will Need

When storing during the winter month’s you will want to select a storage facility that offers Climate Controlled Units. These spaces are heated during the cold winter and air conditioned during the warn summer and designed to protect items from temperature fluxuations while in storage. Also look for storage locations with drive-in loading areas to keep you and your items safe from the elements while loading and unloading. Security items such as computer controlled access, unit door alarms and digital video recording will provide you with peace of mind while your items are in storage.

Moving in winter might not be ideal, but for those looking to get a good deal in the slower season for home sales, it can be a great option. Make sure your move is a good experience by utilizing these tips and Safeguard storage units to ease your transition. Find a unit near you today and start making your move!

5 Events to Celebrate October in the Big Easy

by Safeguard 9. October 2015 05:00

New Orleans is a city that never sleeps, and has a variety of attractions to draw both visitors and new residents. This October, New Orleans residents have plenty to celebrate, and an influx of visitors want to be part of the festivities. Here are some of the events that Safeguard Self Storage wants to highlight, and how storage can help you get ready to party! 


First things first, Oktoberfest celebrations are happening throughout the country during October, so it stands to reason there’d be a flurry of events in New Orleans during this month. For the last three weekends in October, New Orleans residents will be enjoying German food, music, culture, and fun. These celebrations are held annually, and will be occurring on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. Taking place just ten miles from downtown New Orleans, this event draws attendees near and far. Try your strength at the Masskrugstemmen beer stein holding contest or try authentic German foods like Sauerbraten. There’s something here for everyone!

New Orleans Film Festival

Founded in 1989, the New Orleans Film Festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers to show off their latest works, which can include full-length features, shorts, and documentaries. The New Orleans Film Festival has become one of the nation’s top-ranked film festivals, and attracts thousands of people and industry professionals. This year the festival will be held from October 14-22, starting at Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans. There will be more than 170 selections featured during the festival.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

 New Orleans is the Home of the Blues, and we’re celebrating at the 10th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. This event is free, taking place in Lafayette Square Park from Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18. But it’s not just music and BBQ that you get to enjoy! There’s a huge arts market, with works from the best regional and local vendors.

Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

Another big crowd drawer, the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is second only to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Like many New Orleans events, this festival started small and has turned into a mega-event. Called “Voodoo” or “Voodoo Fest” for short, over the years this event has drawn more than a million people and booked over 2,000 acts. It’s scheduled to coincide with Halloween, and will take place from Friday, October 30 to Sunday, November 1. Held at the Festival Grounds in City Park, Voodoo has the motto, “Worship the Music.” We suggest that you do! 

Halloween in New Orleans

October wouldn’t be complete without a Halloween celebration, and New Orleans knows how to celebrate! Second only to Mardi Gras, New Orleans residents get wild and crazy for Halloween, dressing up in costumes and partying in the street. And as “The Most Haunted City in America,” we wouldn’t expect any less! Experience haunted tours through the French Quarter or browse through the many Voodoo shops to learn a little history. Thinking of bringing your family out for Halloween? No problem. Audubon Zoo holds an annual “Boo at the Zoo” on October 16, 17, 23, and 24.

Self Storage Makes Celebrations Easy 

Whether you’re an attendee, a vendor, or a filmmaker, Safeguard Self Storage in the Big Easy, can make your life, well, easier. Preparing for the festivities and running out of room for your set up supplies? Find an affordable storage locker to store your stuff. Attracted to this lively city and thinking of making the move? Use self storage to ease your transition. We have locations throughout Louisiana! Contact us today to see how we can help make your life easier – and enjoy the festivities!


Great Storage Tips for College Students

by Safeguard 25. September 2015 05:00

Because of its proximity to Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA and the surrounding area is home to a large number of college students. If you're one of them, you've chosen a great place to get your education. However, whether you're living on campus or taking advantage of off-campus housing, you may face cramped conditions in rooms with little or no extra storage space. Don't worry; between savvy storage tips and Safeguard storage unit rental options, you can find a way to keep your favorite belongings close at hand while you focus on your future.

Valuable Storage Tips for Students

  • Only keep what you really need. You'll probably have several more moves in your future, so getting rid of clothes you never wear or books you read as a kid can save lots of time and effort. Make exceptions for items with sentimental value, but don't be afraid to let go of things that are simply taking up space.
  • Get the right storage products. Inexpensive shelving units and closet shoe racks can be lifesavers. After checking out the dimensions in your new room, look for storage solutions that take up little space.
  • Choose furniture that offers extra storage. Examples include end tables with built-in drawers and ottomans with storage compartments.
  • Utilize your wall space. A blank space is a great place for new shelves. You can also make use of over-the-door storage racks or hooks.
  • Look under your bed. You may have room for long under-bed storage boxes.
  • Consolidate small objects in baskets. Instead of lining small items on shelves, group them by type and place them in decorative baskets; they'll take up less room and help you stay organized.
  • Try vacuum-packing larger seasonal clothing items or linens to maximize space.

Storage Unit Rental for College Students

If there's simply not enough room for everything you need to store, a climate controlled self storage rental unit may be the perfect answer. For a small monthly fee, you can have access to your stuff whenever you need it. When you choose climate controlled storage, your valuable belongings are protected from insects, moisture, mold and extreme temperatures, so you won't have to worry about your favorite books being covered in mildew or your clothes developing weird odors. If you don't have enough storage space in your room, but you don't really have enough to fill a storage unit either, consider sharing a unit with a trusted friend or roommate. With everything you love at your fingertips, home won't seem so far away, 

Museum of the Moving Image Teaches You How to Preserve Media

by Safeguard 18. September 2015 05:00

Astoria, NY is home to the unique and fascinating Museum of the Moving Image. The elite museum, located in the building formerly occupied by Astoria Studios, draws visitors and residents of every age and background. After all, who doesn't want to learn more about moving pictures? Besides providing an insight into the history of cinema, video games and digital media technology throughout the century, the museum offers valuable information about the preservation and storage techniques used to keep delicate and irreplaceable media safe.

Plan Your Visit to the Museum 

Astoria's amazing gallery of media history offers far more than vintage reels, although regular screenings of both contemporary and vintage films are a mainstay. The museum features both temporary exhibitions and ongoing installments that explore every aspect of the production, exhibition and marketing of moving images. There's something for everyone. Whether you want to learn about nineteenth century optical toys or how the Internet has been taken over by cats, you'll find endless entertainment and educational opportunities within the walls of this Astoria, IL landmark.

Preserving Your Own Media in Self Storage

Large personal collections of VHS and DVD movies, home movies on film cartridges, super 8 reels and even old video games require extra storage space. You want to keep these media items and the machines that play them safe and viable for special occasions like anniversary parties or strolls down memory lane, so don't dump them in your attic or basement. If you own valuable motion picture film or delicate vintage items, a visit to the museum may reveal information that can help you keep them in pristine condition. Here are a few more tips for storing your valuable media safely. 

  • Control of humidity and temperature is critical. Films, videos and playback equipment of all types should remain dry and protected from extreme cold or heat.
  • Remove all tapes, cartridges and batteries from electronic devices before storage.
  • Cover machines with cotton sheets or canvas to prevent dust accumulation. Do not place plastic wrap directly on component surfaces.
  • When handling super 8 or movie film, try to avoid touching the emulsion side as this can transfer oil from your fingers onto the film.
  • Use acid-free or archival boxes and packing materials.
  • Rewind VHS tapes, and store them vertically.
  • Don't store videos or film near magnets.
  • Don't pack your videos, films, cameras or other devices with moth balls or insecticides.
  • If motion picture film or other media has already deteriorated, or you are unsure of its composition, seek the advice of a restoration professional before storing it.

Choosing a Public Storage Unit

A climate controlled self storage unit is a perfect place to store your media safely and prevent clutter in your home. Climate controlled units keep the temperature steady, so your items aren’t exposed to extreme changes. Check with your local Safeguard Self Storage facility to determine the size and type of unit you'll need. Get started on making your own miniature moving image museum that you can visit whenever you like. 

September 25th is National Comic Book Day

by Safeguard 11. September 2015 05:00

National Comic Book Day is just around the corner, and there's no better place tocelebrate it than Miami, FL. Although it's most famous for its sand and sun, Miami is also home to many world-class comic book stores. Whether you're new to the world of comics, or you have a collection that could fill multiple Florida storage lockers, check out Miami's top-rated comic shops to find new treasures. 

Three Must-See Miami, FL Comic Book Stores

  • Mac’s Comics & Collectibles specializes in new releases from major publishers as well as back-issue comics. Mac's offers a great selection of comics and graphic novels, competitive pricing and knowledgeable staff.
  • A&M Comics is one of the nation's oldest comic book shops. Its dimly lit rows of boxes hold more than 80,000 comic books and 2,000 toys. A&M has won the loyalty of comic book fans with its laid-back atmosphere and great customer service.
  • Villain’s Comic Book Shop, formerly known as Superheroes Unlimited, is a small and popular store that is open seven days a week. Visit during the early part of the week to avoid the crowds that appear on Wednesday when new shipments arrive.

How to Prepare and Store Your Comic Book Collection

Although Miami is a great place to find comic books, long-term exposure to the Florida heat and humidity can do real damage to their delicate pages. Here are a few tips to help you store and protect your comic books like a pro.

  • Bag and board your comic books. Obtain acid-free backing boards, and place one behind each book with the glossy side facing the comic. The boards will keep the books flat and prevent damage from bending or over-handling. Next, place each book in an acid-free polypropylene or polyethylene plastic bag designed for comic book storage; the bags prevent deterioration caused by dust and harmful gases.
  • Handle your comics with care. Oil transferred by your fingers can discolor and deteriorate comic book pages, so always wash your hands thoroughly before handling them. Careful page-turning is also a must if you want your books to survive the test of time.
  • Box your comics carefully, and store them in a dry, dark and cool location. They must be protected from sunlight, moisture, insects, extreme temperatures and mold, so never store them in your attic, basement or garage.

For Large Collections, Consider Climate-Controlled Storage Facilities

If your collection has grown too large for your house, a Safeguard Self Storage unit is the ideal solution. Miami self storage allows you to prevent clutter in your home while having secure access to your comics at any time. Most importantly, a climate controlled unit ensures that your prized possessions are kept safe from heat, cold, moisture, mold and bugs. Check with your local Safeguard storage facilities for availability and prices. 

Storing Your Prized Illinois Sports Memorabilia

by Safeguard 4. September 2015 05:00

Chicago fans have a keen interest in sports and sports memorabilia, and at such a short distance away, Darien, IL residents are no different. Whether you buy them at shops, search for them at online auction sites or get them directly from the teams and players, collectible sports items can be a fun hobby or a great way to make extra cash. When your sports collection threatens to take over your home, use Safeguard Self Storage to keep it safe and out of the way.

Unique Illinois Sports Collectibles Can Be Valuable

Whether you want to build a personal collection or try your hand at selling or trading sports memorabilia, your state's bounty of famous teams and players make it easy to find hidden gems in local yard sales, flea markets and auctions. Here are a few items you don't want to miss.

  • Items autographed by famous local athletes such as Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus and Walter Payton
  • 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series trophy or related memorabilia
  • Vintage Chicago Cubs photos from the early 1900s
  • Early Chicago team pennants
  • Plush Chicago team mascots
  • Commemorative programs
  • Vintage posters and programs


Store Valuable Items Properly

Once you accumulate enough autographed gloves, collectible figures and jerseys, you may need new storage solutions to help you avoid tripping over sports-themed clutter. To keep your sports memorabilia in top shape, pack and store them carefully with these tips:

Breakable Items. Delicate, breakable items should be wrapped in soft fabric, paper or bubble wrap and placed in sturdy boxes or totes.   

Paper Items. Cards, photos, tickets and other paper items should be stored in catalogs designed to protect them or wrapped in acid-free paper.

Fabric items. Jerseys, pennants and banners should be stored flat and kept at a consistent temperature; folding them or exposing them to extreme heat or cold can cause fabric deterioration and peeling of letters.  

Leather Items. Clean and condition gloves and other leather items before storing, and stuff them with acid-free paper to maintain shape and prevent moisture. 


Keep Your Prized Memorabilia in Pristine Condition

Storing your collections in your attic, basement or garage isn't a good idea. They can easily become damaged by extreme temperatures, water and mold damage, and insects. Storing them in a climate controlled home or commercial self storage unit keeps them dry, clean, safe and unharmed. Safeguard Self Storage also allows you to access your sports treasures any time you desire. If you're selling them at an event or store, you can easily organize large numbers of items for relocation and ensure that no one can gain access to your expensive or rare items without your permission.

With an affordable, convenient alternative to household storage, you'll always have room for the latest additions and the rarest finds. Find a storage unit near your Darien, IL home, and make space for all your valuable collectibles. 

5 Reasons You Should Make a Move to Louisiana

by Safeguard 27. August 2015 05:00

Louisiana is a state rich with history and culture. If you haven’t had the chance to experience everything the area has to offer, it’s time to check out why you should be calling Louisiana “home”. Whether it’s Harvey, Marrero, Baton Rouge, Metairie or New Orleans, Safeguard Self Storage wants to help get you there.

1. There’s a festival for that! But seriously, there’s always cause for celebration here in Louisiana. In fact, more than 400 festivals occur each year ranging from the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Franklin Parish Catfish Festival and many more. You can almost always count on some delicious food and friendly people.

2. Speaking of food…we’ve got a lot to say. First off, you have to know the difference between “Cajun” and “Creole”. Outside of Louisiana, the words are sometimes used interchangeably, but natives know the difference. The difference in taste is that Creole dishes often use tomatoes while most genuine Cajun food does not. However, if you’re looking for a more historical and in depth comparison, check out this article.

Whether it’s Cajun or Creole, it’s bound to be delicious. Louisiana dishes may sometimes seem strange, but they take pride in turning your opinion around once you get a taste. You’ll get the chance to try gumbo, étouffée, jambalaya, muffuletta, po’boy and red beans and rice. Seafood such as shrimp, crawfish, crabs, oyster and catfish is fresh and plenty. Try hosting a crawfish boil; here’s one of our favorite recipes.

3. Record holding. As far as holding architectural records, Louisiana has got a couple to boast. The state’s capitol building in Baton Rouge is the tallest in the country. Inaugurated in 1932, and standing 450 feet tall (34 stories), it makes quite an impression. While the capitol building boasts height, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has got length covered. Connecting Metairie and Mandeville and stretching 23.87 miles long, it holds the Guinness World Record for longest continuous bridge over water.

4. “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” Or, “let the good times roll” is the unofficial motto of the state. Whether it’s the musical roots, delicious cuisine, or commitment to having a good time, Louisiana residents are happy and it shows. They love to move at their own pace, keeping things nice, natural, and calm. They reflect the local bayous, or slow moving rivers, just taking life one day at a time.

5. Beignets. Yes, we know we already hit the food part of Louisiana. But beignets deserve their own category. A square of fried dough eaten hot and sprinkled with confectioners’ (powdered) sugar, it’s like a sweet cloud passing over your taste buds. Eat them alone or dip them in chocolate, caramel, or a fruit sauce, then pair your sweet treat with some Community Coffee. Before you know it you’ll be smiling just like the rest of the Louisianans.

Enchanting landscapes, delicious food, and some of the friendliest people around make Louisiana a great place to experience. If living in Louisiana is in your cards, be sure to look at Safeguard’s Storage Facilities in Harvey, Marrero, Baton Rouge, Metairie and New Orleans. Not only will they give you extra space when you settle in, but they’ll make the move much easier. Come enjoy all the excitement Louisiana has to offer, and let Safeguard help get you there.

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