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Things you shouldn’t store in your self-storage unit

 In Storage

There is A LOT that you CAN store in a self-storage units and storage containers, but there are a few restrictions. In order to protect not only other your belongings, but also people’s belongings and the storage facility staff, and facility itself, some items are prohibited from being stored.

Some restricted and prohibited items are clearly common sense, while some are not always so obvious. If you are ever in doubt, contact the storage facility and double-check with them if there are specific items prohibited from being stored in your self-storage unit or storage container.

We have noted below a quick list of items that you should NOT store inside a self-storage unit or storage container:

Don’t Play with Fire

Hazardous or toxic materials

This is obvious but there are some things that you don’t even realise to be hazardous. Anything that contains petrol or gas (including empty gas bottles) is definitely not allowed as well as some cleaning materials with alcohol content, cleaning solvent, corrosives and paint.

If you have containers that store petrol, drain the petrol before placing the container in storage. Oil may be ok to store, but best check with the facility first.


Fireworks or anything that may explode when it comes in contact with spark or fire is not allowed in storage units. This includes batteries.

No guns or weapons of any kind

Guns or any kind of weapon

Although it may seem like they are completely safe to be stored in a self-storage unit, they are still not allowed for storage in those facilities because accidents may happen in which it may accidentally go off and ignite an explosion.


Radioactive material is especially dangerous because you may not know that you are already exposed to it. Never store them in self-storage units since these storage facilities don’t have the facility to protect the people outside of a storage unit with a radioactive item.

No Perishable goodsPerishable goods

This is common sense but it is worth emphasizing that you should never place anything that s perishable in a self-storage unit that doesn’t have the specialty to handle perishable good. If you plan to store perishable goods then you should seek out a specialty self-storage facility.


Considering storing with PODS?

If you are considering storing your items in a PODS storage container, you must not store any goods that are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person.

In addition, you must not store items which are irreplaceable, such as currency, jewellery, furs, deeds, paintings, curios, works of art and items of personal sentimental value.

Motor vehicles of any kind can not be stored in a PODS storage container. While a car might fit into a large PODS container, access into and out of the vehicle is restricted, and we are not able to secure a vehicle within a container. If you do need to store your car, there are companies who specialise in vehicle storage in each state.


Hire a PODS ContainerIn Summary

Firstly, when it comes to storing your belongings, be it personal or business, use your common sense and read the Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions; and if ever in doubt, give us a call in 1800 467 637 and ask. We’re here to help you.

You may find this article both useful and good for a chuckle … A Curious Kitty Storage Stowaway – some lessons learned on what NOT to pack in your storage container.

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  • Ivy Baker

    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

      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.

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