You're Doing it Wrong... A List of Items to Avoid Storing in a Portable Storage Container

by Dusty Rhodes on Nov 01, 2019  in 
  • Personal Storage
  • Storage Tips
  • Portable Storage
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Portable storage units have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their convenience, portability, and affordability. They are ideal for people who are moving as well as homeowners who are in need of a little extra storage space. While these portable containers are useful for storing a number of items, there are some basic rules and restrictions for items that cannot and should not be stored in these containers. Here are a few specific things that you should avoid storing in a portable storage container.



Perhaps you are moving and you are considering storing your pantry items in your portable storage container. Think again! Food items, including pet food, can attract rodents and pests. This is the last thing you want in a container that is filled with all of your personal belongings. Not to mention the fact that food will rot and spoil and leave your container smelling less than pleasant.



It’s no secret that plants need water, air, and sunlight to survive and these things are hard to come by in an enclosed storage unit. Your plants will not survive in a storage unit so it’s best to find another temporary home for them.


Live Animals

It might sound crazy but we wouldn’t have to mention it if it hasn’t been done. Unfortunately, some people think their furry friends or pets can handle staying in a storage unit overnight or even for a day or two. Not only does this violate public storage rules, but it is also against the law. You should never leave a live animal inside a portable storage container.


Hazardous Materials

This one might seem like a no brainer, but some people aren’t aware of which items are considered hazardous. Hazardous materials are any items that could cause damage if they are opened or spilled and items that are flammable. Examples of such items include chemicals, aerosols cans, acids, gasoline, propane tanks, lamp or motor oils, paint, paint thinner, cleaners, pesticides, bar batteries, fireworks, liquor, charcoal, firearms,  and more. If you plan to store lawn equipment, make sure all of the oil and gasoline has been drained prior to storage.


High Value Items

If you have expensive items such as valuable jewelry, antiques, or artwork, it is best to keep these items with you. These high value items aren’t insurable in a storage unit so you would have no recourse if something happened to them. Other items that should not be stored include important documents like birth certificates, marriage license, passports, land deeds, and any other important paperwork.

Dusty Rhodes