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How to Load Up & Live Big in Los Angeles


Here at StorQuest, we’re stoked for a winter full of socially distanced adventures – epic surf sessions, weekends on the slopes, and drop-everything-and-go road trips. When opportunity strikes, you want to be ready. These helpful tips will free you up to grab your gear and go at a moment’s notice.

Fill Your Adventure Book

SoCal is one of the best places in the world to get outside and live big. But you only have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else, so planning out those adventures is huge when it comes to living big. Start today by charting out the next few spots you want to hit up. What’s that wave your buddies have been raving about? Jot it down! Have a bucket list day hike that you haven’t made time for? Get it on the list. Leave yourself some specific notes, too: How are you getting there? How long will it take? Do you need a permit or trail pass? 

You’ll reap a bunch of benefits from this very simple practice. Not only does writing down goals make you more likely to go after them, it gets you organized so that you’re ready to seize the moment when it comes. The next time you get an unexpected half-day at work or that socially distanced dinner party gets canceled, just peek at your list, pick an activity, and get rolling!

Crush the Offseason

You’re ready to head to the mountain after the first killer snow of the year when you remember that you sold your goggles after last season and never picked up a new pair. If you love the outdoors, there’s nothing worse than calling off a trip because you’re not prepped. There’s also no worse time to gear up than when everyone else is doing the same thing. You’ll have fewer options, you’ll pay more – and you’ll really be bummed if you’re stuck waiting for something.

Get out ahead of the curve and take stock of what you need in the offseason for each of your sports. Every summer, do a gear check with your ski and snowboard setup to make sure you’re ready to carve it up. In the winter, fill out your camping pack with freeze-dried meals and fuel canisters for the travel stove. You don’t want to spend that first weekend of glorious weather stocking up at the store!

Get Outta the Rut

Even the boldest of us miss out on amazing off-the-radar adventures when we get into a routine of hitting our same spots over and over again. It’s great to have your favorites, but in a place with as much outdoor action as Los Angeles, the opportunities are endless! Take some steps to make sure that you’re mixing it up and seeing as much of that natural beauty as you can.

Start by linking up with a buddy or a crew who can take you to a new spot and lead the way. Sometimes having a friend to show you the ropes can make all the difference in pushing your boundaries and tackling new challenges you wouldn’t have tried otherwise. 

Keep Your Stuff in Order

Lastly, make sure you know where your gear is. At StorQuest, we’re all about helping you get the most out of your day by holding onto your gear, keeping it organized, accessible, and safe. Whether you’re looking to store kayaks, surfboards, ski gear – we’ve got you covered. Store it. Then just hop in, grab it, and get on your way!

We’ve got multiple storage options for you in Los Angeles. If you’re on the west side of town, try our location on National, and if you’re in the downtown area, check out our brand-new spot in Chinatown.

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