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July 30, 2019

7 Things You Should NEVER Keep in a Self Storage Unit

A storage unit can accommodate a wide variety of items, but there are just some things that you shouldn’t put away in one. Let’s see what you shouldn’t store.
At Elite Self Storage we strive to find the best storage options for all sorts of items. Our secure self storage units are perfect for a wide range of items, even fragile ones, and we offer features like pest control and climate control. You’ll know that your items are well cared for at our facility. That being said, there are still some items that you should never keep in a storage unit. Whether it’s a security issue or due to potential damage, here’s a look at what kinds of items you should keep elsewhere.

Irreplaceable Items

If there’s no way to replace something or it’s rather difficult to do so, you probably shouldn’t put it in a storage unit. Even with the best security measures we have to offer, many people would be better off storing things like birth certificates, old family photos, and passports at home in a safe or some kind of fireproof lock box. We can accommodate rare and expensive items, but use your judgment and decide which things could potentially be at risk even in the most secure self storage unit.

Hazardous Materials

There are plenty of legal materials that are hazardous or explosive. You may be allowed to possess these items, but storing them in a storage unit can be a bad idea. Certain chemicals, fireworks, medical waste, or ammunition can all present a hazard.

Illegal Items

This should be obvious. If an item is of questionable legality, don’t store it in one of our storage lockers!

Living Things

Anything that’s alive shouldn’t be stored in a storage unit. A storage locker isn’t a kennel where you can put your dog for a few days when you’re on vacation. Even plants don’t really do well in storage. A storage unit simply isn’t built to accommodate living things and they aren’t safe or ventilated properly.


Never store food in a storage locker. Even with our pest control services, food is just going to attract rodents, bugs, and other vermin. It might seem like a storage unit makes for a perfect backup food pantry, but this just isn’t the case. If you don’t have climate control the fluctuating temperatures will wreak havoc on even the most resilient foods, like canned goods, and a climate-controlled unit isn’t actually really built for food storage anyway.

Scented Items

Speaking of attracting pests, items with a strong scent can also attract some unwanted guests. If something has a strong smell to it, think twice about storing it and possibly attracting vermin that could damage the rest of your belongings.

Wet Items

Storing away a wet or damp item can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. This can spread to other items, infecting and damaging the rest of the items in your storage unit.

Your Secure Self Storage Facility in Sioux City, IA

If you have some items that aren’t on this list, feel free to drop by and check out our secure self storage options today! Elite Self Storage offers security, ease of access, and extra services that mean that you can store your most precious items with peace of mind. We look forward to helping you find the perfect self storage option!