Storage units are a convenient solution for decluttering our homes, storing seasonal items, or temporarily housing belongings during a move. However, not everything is suitable for storage. In this comprehensive guide we’ll explore what items you should avoid storing in a storage unit to ensure the safety of your belongings and compliance with storage facility regulations.

Our storage units offer a convenient solution for storing your belongings, but not everything is suitable for storage. Let’s explore what items you should avoid keeping in a storage unit to ensure the safety of your belongings and compliance with storage facility regulations.

Perishable Items

Storing food items, including perishable items like food, in storage units is strongly discouraged due to the risk of spoilage, pest infestation, and contamination. Perishable foods can spoil quickly, attracting pests such as rodents, insects, and mould, which can create unsanitary conditions and unpleasant odours. Mould and bacteria growth in storage units due to perishable items pose health hazards and can damage other belongings. It’s advisable to consume or donate food items before storing them and opt for dry, non-perishable foods for emergency storage needs.

Hazardous Materials

Storing hazardous materials in a storage unit is not only risky but often prohibited by law and storage facility regulations. Hazardous materials include substances like chemicals, gasoline, propane tanks, fireworks, and explosives. These items pose significant safety hazards, such as fires, explosions, or environmental contamination. Proper disposal or specialized handling is necessary for hazardous materials, rather than storing them in a storage unit.

Medication and Pharmaceutical Items

Exercise caution when storing medication and pharmaceutical items in our storage units. While it may be tempting to store surplus medications or medical supplies, fluctuations in temperature and humidity can compromise their efficacy and safety. It’s crucial to store medication in a controlled environment to maintain potency and prevent degradation. Consider consulting with your healthcare provider for guidance on proper storage or explore alternative storage options for medication and pharmaceutical items.

Illegal Items

Storing illegal items in a storage unit is not only against storage facility rules but also illegal and punishable by law. Examples of illegal items include drugs, stolen goods, counterfeit items, and illicit substances. Keeping illegal items in a storage unit can lead to legal repercussions, including fines, criminal charges, and confiscation of belongings.

Flammable Substances

Flammable substances, such as paint, gasoline, propane tanks, and other combustible materials, pose a severe fire hazard in storage units. The enclosed environment of a storage unit increases the risk of fires spreading rapidly, endangering nearby units and belongings. It’s essential to store flammable substances properly in designated areas or dispose of them safely according to local regulations.

Living Creatures

Living creatures, including pets or plants, should never be kept in storage units. Storage units lack proper ventilation, temperature control, and living conditions necessary for the well-being of living organisms. Animals can suffer from stress, dehydration, and suffocation in storage units, while plants may wilt or die due to lack of sunlight and water. Always find alternative arrangements for pets and plants, such as temporary housing or pet sitters.

Wet Items

Wet items, such as damp clothing, towels, or waterlogged belongings, should not be stored in storage units. Moisture from wet items can promote mould, mildew, and bacterial growth, leading to foul odours, stains, and damage to other belongings. It’s crucial to dry and clean wet items thoroughly before storing them and ensure proper ventilation and moisture control in the storage unit.


  1. Can I store my old refrigerator in a storage unit?

Yes, you can store a refrigerator in our storage units, provided it is clean, defrosted, and properly prepared for storage.

  1. Are there any restrictions on storing firearms in a storage unit?

Yes, storing firearms in our storage units is subject to specific regulations and guidelines. Please consult with our team for more information on storing firearms.

  1. Can I store my vintage wine collection in a storage unit?

Yes, you can store your wine collection in our climate-controlled storage units to ensure optimal conditions and preserve the quality of your wine.

  1. Is it safe to store my clothing in a storage unit?

Yes, our storage units are suitable for storing clothing, provided they are clean, dry, and properly packed to prevent damage.

  1. Can I store my motorcycle in a storage unit?

Yes, motorcycles can be stored in our storage units, but proper preparation and maintenance are necessary to ensure their safety and condition during storage.

Moving Services

By following these guidelines and avoiding storing prohibited items, you can make the most out of your storage unit while ensuring the safety and well-being of your belongings. Remember to always check with your storage facility for any specific rules or regulations regarding storage. 

Trust us for all your short and long-term storage needs in Nairobi. We’re here to make your storage experience safe, convenient, and worry-free. Contact us today to learn more about our storage solutions and how we can help you.

Happy storing!

What Not To Keep In A Storage Unit