Self-Storage – Prohibited Items

It may come as a shock to most people, but not everything is eligible to enter self-storage. In fact, there are many items that are strictly prohibited from being in a storage unit. When noting down the items within your inventory you may be surprised at what can’t be stored. Thankfully, this guide is on hand to let you know what you can store and what you have to make alternative plans for.

Toxic and Combustible Items

Different facilities may list this under different terms (fire hazard, toxic, explosive, combustible), but any item that contains potentially combustible and hazardous liquid can’t be stored in a storage unit. These items are usually affected by extreme swings in temperature and can have disastrous effects on a unit and facility should the untoward occur. Items usually listed under this tag include gasoline, petrol, fireworks, propane gas, alcohol, solvents, corrosives, motor oil and paint.


Weapons, whether you hold a license for them or not, are not allowed to be held within a storage unit. Weapons in this context include hunting, vintage, active replica and fully-fledged active guns. The reason for this is largely focused around their naturally dangerous nature and the legalities surrounding them. It should also be noted that ammunition is another item that prohibited by many facilities.

Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials are another self-explanatory substance, as such is usually found in medical equipment and supplies. Most medical equipment can be stored in a storage unit, but there are some very big exceptions due to their radioactive elements. This will include general body scanning machines and supporting equipment. Obviously, the common person will not have the need to store such equipment or have access to it for that matter, but for those who do, holding such in a storage unit isn’t an option.

Unregistered or Non-functioning Vehicles

It isn’t a surprise to see someone store a vehicle in a storage unit, but it isn’t a simple as driving it into a unit and leaving it there. In order for a car to be legally deposited in a storage unit it must be operable, registered and insured by a full license holder. Many facilities also invoke a tire limit, with four usually being the maximum allowed, meaning that those looking to store tires for future use won’t be able to do so via a standard storage unit.

Construction Materials

It is a common misconception that construction materials can be held within a storage unit. In fact, many construction companies opt for this method of storage. Little do many know, that not all kinds of construction materials can be stored via such means. A fine example of this would be underground drilling and tracking equipment, as storing such would break the terms and conditions of your renter’s agreement.

Food Products

Food can be a bit of a grey area when it comes to self-storage. This is because food products that are sealed are generally allowed within the confines of a self-storage unit. Perishable food items such as meat, cheese and fish are a different story and aren’t allowed, and this also applies to pet food that contains such elements. The reason they are prohibited is because of possible smells and bacteria that can attract rodents and bugs.

Pets and Plants

Pets and plants of any kind are prohibited from being placed into a storage limit. This is because of the fact that such would not be able to survive in the conditions offered, due to the lack of air, ventilation and sunlight available.