We’ve witnessed lots of weird and wonderful things being stored in our self-storage units.

Generally speaking, it’s entirely up to you when it comes to how you use our self-storage units and what you put inside them.

Within reason, of course!

So, if you’re wondering what you can and can’t store in self-storage, here’s our ultimate guide!


Illegal items

It should go without saying that illegal items are a no-go when it comes to hiring a self-storage unit.

That includes counterfeit items, and smuggled stuff like tobacco, alcohol, and medicines.

If it’s illegal, it can’t be stored – simple!

Chemicals (and other nasty substances)

Another obvious one? Possibly, but you’d be surprised.

If you’re looking to store chemicals, radioactive materials, or biological agents, we’re afraid you’ll need to find a specialist storage unit for the task. The same goes for asbestos, toxic waste, propane tanks, and acids.

Anything that goes BANG!

There’s a reason the Firearms Rules of 1998 exists, and we adhere stringently to them at Squab.

This means that we can’t store anything that goes ‘bang’ – it’s as simple as that. So, that includes firearms, explosives, weapons, and ammunition.

The rules state that you’ll need to store that kind of stuff somewhere secure and to which no member of the public can gain access. Makes sense, right?

Our units are very secure, but the site itself is of course accessible by other customers, which means items of this nature simply cannot be stored anywhere within our grounds.

Anything that can catch fire

Granted, this is quite a wide topic, but there are some obvious examples.

For instance, paint, petrol, oil, and cleaning solvents are examples of combustible materials that can easily catch fire.

If there’s a warning on the side of the tin, there’s a good chance we’ll have to refuse storage.

Money matters

If you want to store money or other forms of securities, you’ll ned to seek specialist storage for the task.

Food and perishable goods

If you want to store anything that can perish (food is the most obvious example), you’ll need to find an alternative method to self-storage.

This is because the chances of infestation increases when items of this nature are stored, and that’s something the team at Squab definitely doesn’t want to have to deal with – and nor will you!


Self-storage is built for many things, but storing animals certainly isn’t one of them.

Firstly, it’s not the most humane way to treat anything, but also, there is, once again, the possibility of infestation, damage, or an escapee!

If you have livestock that needs storing, there really are far better and more considerate ways to do so.

You’ll hopefully notice that the advice above all relies on common sense. And the takeaway is pretty simple: if you have a feeling that the items you want to store probably won’t be looked upon fondly by the self-storage company, it’s best to go with your gut, because you’re almost definitely right.

Within our self-storage contract, you’ll find confirmation of the restrictions we’ve mentioned in this blog, but if you’ve got any questions about what you’re planning on storing, just get in touch with the friendly Squab team!