To Pack or Not to Pack: What You Shouldn’t Pack in a Storage Unit

May 14, 2019

To Pack or Not to Pack: What You Shouldn’t Pack in a Storage Unit

What You Shouldn

Storage units can be a lifesaving solution for any stage of life – from temporary storage for college students to long-term storage for companies. For some people, storage units are the perfect solution for transitioning from one home to the next. For others, storage units function as a second garage or supply room for extra items. Whatever your reason for needing a storage unit, you’ll need to consider what you can and cannot store away. Take a moment to review what items you shouldn’t pack in a storage unit.  


It may already be obvious to you that perishable food items should not be packed in a storage unit under any circumstance. Perishables will quickly begin to spoil, inviting mold and bacteria to infect any nearby belongings. However, have you considered that even storing pet food should be avoided? Sure, you may need a place to store your pet food while transitioning from one home to the next, but a storage unit is not the right place. Pet food, like perishables, may attract critters that you don’t want near your storage unit. This is why any food items, human or otherwise, should not make it on the packing list for your new storage unit.

Hazardous Materials

Though storage units can hold a multitude of items – hazardous materials should not be included on your packing list either. Potential hazards include explosive materials, illegal substances, medical or pharmaceutical supplies, and radioactive materials. Flammable materials such as gasoline, propane, oil, grease, cleaning supplies, fertilizer, chemicals, and fireworks are all items that should be kept far from your storage unit as well. So, if you have a flare for pyrotechnics, a storage unit may not be the right option for you. For your own safety, and the safety of the entire storage facility, these types of hazardous materials are strictly prohibited.

Living Things

You just signed the lease to your amazing new apartment, but you inadvertently missed the rule restricting your particular breed of dog. What will you do with Spots now? You will not make him a stowaway at your local storage unit. As a general rule, storage units are for non-living items only. This means that anything requiring light, food, and/or water to survive is strictly prohibited. Plants, and even seeds, are no exception to this rule. And no, you can’t live in a storage unit either. We know, storage units are much more affordable than the cost of rent in the Chicago area, but living in a storage unit is not allowed.

Finding the Perfect Storage Unit

Now that you know what you shouldn’t place a storage unit, you’re ready to find a place to safely store the rest of your belongings! Alliance Moving & Storage offers custom storage solutions for any situation, including flexible short-term and long-term storage options. Our climate controlled storage units are professionally monitored and routinely inspected, so you can rest assured that your belongings are in safe hands. To learn more about the options available for your storage needs, give us a call at (847) 378-4949.

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