Let’s face it, you may think it would be easier to just call a major van line company to move you coast-to-coast, and if you’re lucky that could actually happen; but in many cases finding storage for all of your stuff or even for excess items is a big part of your move, and you can find lots of information and even nail down a spot in your future home city doing research online.

If you do decide to put all of your belongings in a truck and drive it yourself from say, a Denver, Colorado apartment to New York City, you are going to have to make a few stops along the way. Here are some tips to help you safely store your stuff when you stop in multiple cities along the way.

1. Pack Your Clothes the Right Way.

Our friends at CD One Price Cleaners suggest, among other things that you roll your clothes and carry a wrinkle releaser with you to use when you unpack them. They also suggest that square folding your clothes is the way to go. These are a few quick and easy tips to get you started during your move.

2. Know Where to Stay.

Don’t wait until it’s two in the morning to find a hotel or motel to stay. Look online, call the front desk, and make sure that it is moving truck friendly. Remember that your truck, especially if it is branded like a Penske truck, will let everyone know that it is possibly full of good stuff, so you will want to park it near the hotel or motel entrance where it will be very visible.

3. Back It Up.

When you park, try to back the truck up snugly against a wall. That will ensure that no one is going to be able to enter from the back. Find the proper wall, don’t block any entrances, and don’t park too far away.

4. Nothing in Front.

Make sure the cab is empty. And we mean empty! A cab with maps, fast-food wrappers, pillows, cell phone charging cords and various pieces of clothing will be a clue that the back is filled with good things. If the front is bare, the back may seem empty and the less bad guys will want to mess with it.

5. Right Off the Highway.

Don’t look for the secluded Bates Motel. Instead, find a well-lit place with lots of movement and lots of checking in and checking out. The more people around, the safer your stuff will be.

We know that you might be able to save a few bucks by stopping at the Motel 6, but your possessions are too valuable to risk at a $55 motel off the side of the highway in a rural area.

6. Work Third Shift

If you can handle the time shift, drive all night and sleep all day. That way your vehicle will only be parked during daylight hours. Of course, you will need to find hotels that will let you have consistently early check-ins like 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. and you will have to be able to drive safely while staying up all night. Another advantage of this method is that you should encounter a lot less traffic.

DIY moving can work if you plan carefully, park securely, and choose lodging sensibly.

And remember, if you need cross-country storage, check with SpareFoot for the best options in a number of awesome cities.