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Self-storage is a great solution when you’re moving, remodeling, or just otherwise in need of a place to put some of your stuff. And while there are a lot of things that you can safely put into storage, there are also items that you can’t put in a storage unit—and it’s important to know what they are so that you can make alternate plans.

If you’re planning on renting a storage unit, make sure that you’re familiar with what you can and can’t store in it so that you don’t face any inconvenient surprises later on. Most of these probably won’t surprise you, but here are the 11 things that you can’t put in a storage unit, plus a look at the long list of things that you can.

What you can’t put in a storage unit

All storage companies have their own rules, and that includes guidelines on prohibited items. In general though, here are the 11 items you likely can’t put in a storage unit, regardless of who you’re renting from:

  • Food
  • Hazardous materials
  • Stolen and illegal goods
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Living items (and dead ones)
  • Wet items
  • Priceless and irreplaceable items
  • Money
  • Furs
  • Tires
  • Unregistered or uninsured vehicles

What can you store in a storage unit?

The good news is that the list of items you can’t put in a storage unit is a whole lot shorter than the list of items that you can. While some of these items may need a climate-controlled unit, here’s a quick list of what you can safely store:

  • Artwork
  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Appliances
  • Books
  • Home décor
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Wine
  • Clothing
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Vehicles
  • Photographs
  • Electronics

If you’re ever unsure about whether or not you can store an item, reach out to your storage provider directly and ask. It’s always better to get a heads up in advance so that you’re not left scrambling later on.