5 Items You Shouldn’t Keep in a Storage Container

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Whether you’re renovating or travelling, the help of a self-storage container can be invaluable. However, did you know that there are restrictions on what should and shouldn’t be kept inside your storage pod?

In order to protect your belongings and the storage facility including the staff and property, certain items are prohibited. You can safely store almost any household goods in your PODS®  container – PODS containers are weather-resistant and secure. However, some items aren’t suitable for any storage pods or moving containers.

Read on to find out the top 5 items that you should never keep inside a self-storage unit or moving container.

1. Hazardous or toxic materials

Although this might seem obvious, there may be some items that you don’t even realise are hazardous. Basically, anything that contains petrol or gas (including empty gas bottles) is not to be placed in storage. Also, any cleaning materials containing alcohol, cleaning solvent, corrosives and paint are prohibited.

If you need to store any containers that have held petrol, it’s vital to drain out any petrol before stowing it away in your container. Oil may be permittable for storage, however, it’s always best to check with the PODS team before doing so.

Other hazardous materials and items include toxic waste, asbestos, kerosene, fertilisers, paint thinner, solvents, medical supplies, acids and any flammable times.

2. Explosives and weaponry

Explosives and weaponry of any kind are not safe inside a self-storage container. Any item that may explode when it makes contact with spark or fire are not allowed in storage pods. Accidents can happen, and safety is the largest priority at PODS. Forbidden items of this nature include fireworks, weapons and ammunition. Basically – ask yourself if it’s flammable and if that answer is yes, it’s a no from us.

3. Radioactive materials

Never store radioactive materials in self-storage units as storage facilities typically do not have the capacity to protect personnel within close proximity of a radioactive item. Radioactive materials are particularly dangerous as you may not even know when you’ve already been exposed to them.

4. Perishable goods

It’s worth noting that you should never place anything perishable inside a self-storage unit that isn’t designed to handle perishable goods. Popping any perishable items inside your storage pod will likely lead to mould, nasty bugs or other unwanted surprises. While storage facilities are typically protected from pests, inviting them in with food and other consumable goods can lead to an inevitable visit. Easily spoilt items may include fresh and packaged food, animal food and flowers. Unless the items are securely packaged and kept in a specialty self-storage unit, perishable goods are a big no-no for your PODS container.

5. Living things

While this should go without saying, any living thing should never be kept in a self-storage container or moving container. If a storage unit seems like a more convenient alternative to a pet kennel or a safe option to place your houseplants in, it’s not. While storing a living thing in your container is extremely unsafe for its wellbeing, it can also attract vermin and leave unpleasant odours. Storage units or moving containers are for inanimate objects only – no pets, no plants.

In the mood for a chuckle? Here is a curious tale of what happens when living things get mixed up with your storage container – read the Curious Kitty Storage Stowaway story.

Planning what to store in your PODS container?

If you’re mapping out your big interstate move, future relocation or are simply in need of storage space, there are a few extra points to consider. While preparing your belongings for storage, in addition to the top 5 items above, do not include any goods that are illegal, stolen, potentially explosive, environmentally harmful or that pose a risk to the property and employees. We also recommend avoiding packing items that are irreplaceable, such as currency, jewellery, furs, deeds, paintings and items of strong sentimental value.

While a car may technically fit into a large PODS container, motor vehicles of any kind cannot be stored in your PODS container. As access to the vehicle is restricted, we are not able to safely secure it within a container. If you do require car storage, there are companies that specialise in vehicle storage in each state.

When in doubt, give us a shout

When it comes to what belongings are safe to store, we are here to answer your burning questions. No matter if you’re storing for personal or business purposes, you can give us a call on 1800 467 637 or ask our friendly Customer Service team. We’re here to help you move stress-free.

For your safety and convenience, PODS offers contactless delivery for all services.

Showing 37 comments
  • Ivy Baker
    Reply

    This is some really good information about storage units. I have been thinking about getting my first storage unit and I am not sure what I should put in it. I liked what you said about how I shouldn’t put toxic materials in it. I have a lot of art supples and chemicals that you use in art. So I should probably avoid putting those in the storage unit.

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Ivy, art supplies themselves may well be ok, but chemicals no. If in doubt, give us a call on 1800 467 637 when you book or are ready to pack your container.

  • Stephanie
    Reply

    Can I store a riding lawn mower in a POD?

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Hi Stephanie,
      Very good question, we recommend you remove all petrol from the tank. There are tie down points inside the container so I would make sure the lawn mover won’t move around. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1800 467 637

      • Adam
        Reply

        Would it be an issue to store and move my motorcycle if the fluids are drain prior to shipping?

        • Patricia
          Reply

          I asked today and was told no. No vehicles. But based on another comment here, I guess riding mowers don’t count? 🙂

          • Lisa Brown

            Hi, Riding mowers can be packed providing no fuel is in the mower.:)

    • robyn
      Reply

      Thinking on renting one of your pods can we store batteries like you would be using for clocks etc were moving to the east coast

      • Lisa Brown
        Reply

        Hi Robyn, batteries are okay. Please feel free to contact our office on 180046767.

  • Stu Stanly
    Reply

    Does anyone know if Can you store a motorcycle with an empty gas tank? It’s not a car so I didn’t know if a bike is ok. Thank you for your help.

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Hi Stu,
      We don’t recommend storing anything with petrol. However saying this, I know some customers have drained the petrol, and stored ride on mowers, mowers, bikes etc, this is at your risk and negate any CPO/COO/insurance you may have.

  • Nancy
    Reply

    Can planters/plants be put into a POD if just moving and not storing the POD?

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Good morning, I wouldn’t recommend placing plants in the PODS(r) container, only for the fact if your move is delayed, they may die, and if they are wet, they may encourage mould to grow.

  • bill
    Reply

    could I transport an ammo box filled with cartridges

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Hi Bill,
      No, I certainly wouldn’t recommend placing an ammo box filled with cartridges inside one of our PODS Containers.
      regards,

      • bill
        Reply

        You suggest to not transport ammo box with cartridges but is it against the contract agreement?

        • Lisa Gerding
          Reply

          Hi Bill,
          Terms and Conditions state:
          12(e) must not store any Goods that are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a rist to the property of any person, and will be liable, and will indemnify the FO, for any resulting damage, loss or destruction;
          Regards

  • Neil
    Reply

    What restrictions are there in relation to household cleaning supplies (detergents, workshop type supplies (greases in cartridges, WD 40 etc) and building supplies (silicon tubes, tins of paint, aerosol paint cans)

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Hi Neil,
      Terms and Conditions state:
      12(e) must not store any Goods that are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a rist to the property of any person, and will be liable, and will indemnify the FO, for any resulting damage, loss or destruction;
      Regards

  • carlos
    Reply

    Can I store a safe in a pod? to be moved to another state home purchase?

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Hi Carlos, yes it can be pending on the weight. If you contact our office on 1800467637 to checkand to obtain a quote.

  • Peggy
    Reply

    can I put spray paint as well as wall paint in a pod?

    • Lisa Brown
      Reply

      Hi Peggy, unfortunately we cannot have paint stored in the PODS as its flammable.

  • Jaki Milakovic
    Reply

    We are moving and considering using the pod but we do have an electric lawn mower, the battery can be removed, there are no fluids. Could this be packed in the pod?

    • Lisa Brown
      Reply

      Hi Jaki, Yes you can pack the lawn mower provided no fuels/liquids are in it. 🙂

  • Paddy
    Reply

    Can I pack liquor in the pods?

  • Gerri Muroski
    Reply

    I have a lot of Bath & Body products like lotions and fragrance bulbs. Can I put those in if they are well protected?

    • Lisa Brown
      Reply

      Hi Gerri, yes if the products packed and stored correctly.

  • Bab
    Reply

    Hi Team,
    can Pods be dropped off on side road walkways. my house is fully fenced with a roofed garage.

    • Lisa Brown
      Reply

      Hi,
      We need to take a few things into account and obtain a permit from your local council. Please give our team on a call 1800 467 637 to get a better look at your placement options.
      Thanks,
      Semina

  • Marie
    Reply

    Hi,
    Can I store household batteries in a pod. (C,d, 9volts)

    • Lisa Brown
      Reply

      Hi,

      Yes you can if stored correctly.

      Kind regards,

  • Josh
    Reply

    Hi. Can I store 4 tires in the pod? Thx

  • Lee W Hadley
    Reply

    can I put a gun safe into a POD? Dimensions are 72.5″ high X 41″ wide X 30″ deep. Total weight is 1,365 pounds.
    Pod will be moving from Texas to South Carolina

    • Venus Su
      Reply

      Hi Lee. This is PODS Australia, please call (855) 326-1490 for your concerns.

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