Ice In The Past, Sun Coming Fast

Who is ready for some sun?! If you are feeling anything like us, you are just itching to get out of those cold weather clothes and into some spring and summer gear. For most of the southern climates in the USA, we have finally emerged from what seemed to be an endless winter.

Get prepared to take a plunge into peaceful spring time weather and enjoy every moment of Mother Nature’s new season. But be forewarned, if you are planning to spend time in cold weather environments, such as surfing off the coast, or taking a trip up to some of the northern states, be sure to wear your polar gear as appropriate.

Funny story about one of our friends who lives in Texas, but often visits family up in Michigan:

  • We’ll call him “Josh” to protect the innocent, actual name to remain secret for now, unless he (or she) wants to post and admit to this one
  • So Josh took a trip up to Michigan in March back in 2007 when his brother and sister-in-law first moved up there
  • Josh lives in Houston, TX and he had been in Galveston the day before his trip — actually at the beach walking his dog and enjoying the sun and sand
  • He was so spoiled by the warmth, when he packed he decided he really wasn’t going to be outside too much when he was with family up north, so he just took a light fleece, long pants, and hit the road for the airport
  • When he arrived, his brother picked him up from the airport and they drove right to dinner
  • The only availability for a table at the restaurant they wanted to eat at was either a 45 minute wait or a table outside on the patio, which they had just opened because it was warm enough the weekend prior
  • Well, not the day Josh visited
  • He and his brother opted not to wait, and Josh sat through dinner with his arms tucked into his fleece and wrapped underneath his thighs because he just wasn’t dressed properly
  • His brother, on the other had, was fully prepared for the weather and was wearing a winter coat and light gloves (remember that scene from Dumb and Dumber with the extra gloves?…yeah, it was like a replay of that)
  • Needless to say, Josh survived, but he always packs for the potential cold when he goes up to Michigan that early in the year

For all of you dare devils who are excited about the warm weather coming, we are too — just please pack some polar gear that will guard you from the chill and possibility of frost bite when you travel climates that aren’t quite as warm as Texas.

Until next time, this is Polar Guard with another tip for all of our readers.

Have a great rest of the week!


Sunshine Ahead For Your Storage Shed

It’s already time for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training! Finally, after long months of cold weather and being trapped inside, you can soon begin to enjoy baseball, soccer, surfing, and all of your other outdoor activities that have long been banned due to freezing cold temperatures across the country. It is hard to imagine that even the recent weather in southern places such as Miami, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana has been a bit brisk, but the sunshine is right around the bend and will be here to stay for a long time to come.

All of your stuff has been stored all winter long, just hibernating in its outdoor home. If you are a lover of the outdoors, perhaps you enjoyed skiing or snowboarding these past few weeks, but as soon as spring time hits, you can bust out all of the warm weather stuff and let the good times roll.

You know what that means for your storage shed?

You will have the lucky list of to-do’s from your loved one to re-organize the whole thing. You may roll your eyes and dread the task, but we have found that it is very important to clean out your storage space as well as you can and place the items you want in there in the right order, packed and stacked neatly from back to front.

The best way to go about this tedious task is as follows:

  1. Open up the front doors to your container, if you have indeed been using a conex box to keep your belongings safe all winter long.
  2. Make sure that the entire length of the shipping container is cleared out from top to bottom, so that you can examine everything carefully and assess how and where you will use it or re-pack it.
  3. If you are using a 10 foot container, make sure to leave ample space outside the front of the shed because you can be surprised how much you had jammed in there back when winter was around the bend and you just kept shoving items in one after the other. If you happen to have a 20 foot shipping container or a 40 foot intermodal box, note that you will need even more room, of course, on the outside of the storage unit to sort through everything.
  4. Take a solid inventory of each item that you have, and make the determination about whether or not you will need to store it back in the unit for the long-term or if you plan to use it more frequently during the warm weather. Just a simple checklist or spreadsheet with a column indicating “Yes” or “No” to the question “Warm Weather Use?” should suffice. If you have an advanced inventory control software of some sort, then feel free to use it but know that it’s not critical and you don’t need to go buy one just for this.
  5. Develop a stacking and packing strategy, and draw out how you think it will look before you go and move things. You don’t want to waste your time on the heavy lifting if you don’t know exactly where everything is going to be placed. That would be too frustrating to deal with, and you would hate to do double the work.
  6. Once you are all set with your plan, go ahead and start placing your items back in the box. If you don’t have a shipping container at all to use for a storage shed, you can skip steps 1 through 5 and begin here by stacking and storing your stuff in a new or used conex box. Depending on where you are located, you can usually find good quality storage sheds for sale. Here is an example of the type of company that will sell and deliver one to you if needed: http://www.houstonshipcontainer.com/uses.html.

Now that you know how you will re-arrange your outdoor gear for the warm weather ahead, you can finally make plans for fun times in the sunshine. Some of us might enjoy the winter, but we all seem to love the summer. The sun just puts a good old smile on our faces. And just think, you’ll be even happier knowing that your storage items are organized better than ever before.


Traveling to Texas to Thaw Out

Hello all you Polar climate connoisseurs!

In today’s blog post, we are going to provide some new insights on how to properly thaw out from your polar climate. Just last month, we traveled down to Texas to get out of the cold and into the heat. During our stay, we visited the beautiful Gulf Coast and did some sightseeing in a little gem called Galveston. Galveston is a city of only about 50,000 people, but it is very close to Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States.

So how did we thaw out?

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Well, it’s not very hard to warm up once you’re in the state of Texas. But we did have an extra special opportunity to spend some time in lounging in the back of a luxurious limousine as we drank in all the breathtaking sights from the Moody Gardens to an old oil rig museum and, of course, the coolest shopping spot in the state — a little place called The Strand.

If you have the chance to rent a limo, or even a party bus if you have enough people traveling with you, we highly recommend it. It is so much better than getting a rental car because you get to spend every moment enjoying the trip instead of being your own taxi driver.

During our limo ride, we did some extra thawing by sipping on some sweet apple cider that was hot and steamy. There are tons of great little stores to visit throughout Galveston, and one of them had a great deal on apple cider so we just couldn’t resist.

So what did we learn during our Texas travel experience?

  1. Thawing out – It is easy to do if you just get out of the cold weather and into a seat that’s leather — in the back of a limo, that is.
  2. Sipping some cider – It’s the sweetest way to enjoy an apple a day.
  3. Shop the Strand – Take your family and friends shopping in Galveston, Texas to find the coolest little catch.
  4. Get away from the glaciers – Most importantly, if you want to thaw out, leave the land of the igloo and go to a place like Galveston!

We hope you’ll continue to follow our progress here at Polar Guard, where we look out for our friends in the frozen tundra.