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What Can I Put in Self Storage?

Stephanie | Jun 22, 2018

What Can I Put in Self Storage?


Self storage is a useful solution for thousands of Texans every year. People choose to store all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons. Many store in the interim of a big move or seek a place to store seasonal decor and belongings. Many of our customers want a clean, climate controlled place to store sentimental items like heirlooms and photographs that don’t quite fit into their current home.

According to recent data, 9.4% of American households currently rent a storage unit.

But before you start unloading your car or trailer, first we ask that you reference our list of prohibited items. Since these items and substances are regulated by local and federal law, there are no exceptions to the list that follows.

Here is the comprehensive list of prohibited items that you cannot store in Texas:

  • Living creatures or organisms
  • Dead animals or other carcasses
  • Gasoline, oil, fuel, or flammable chemicals
  • Explosives, fireworks or ammunition
  • Corrosives
  • Toxic or hazardous materials or waste
  • Asbestos or products containing asbestos
  • Lawn debris (grass clippings, leaves, brush, etc.)
  • Construction debris, tires, motor oil, batteries (whether old or used)
  • Items having a noxious smell
  • Controlled substances
  • Prohibited weapons under State law
  • Stolen property
  • Any and all items illegal for self-storage under any law


Many of the items are very obvious, but we find that sometimes people don’t realize things like oil, batteries, tires, or construction debris are forbidden on the premises. It’s a good idea to consult this list every time you bring a large load of items to put in storage, just to make sure you’re in compliance.


If you’re ready to select a LockTite storage unit, click here to reserve yours.

What if I don’t see an item on this list?

If you have any questions about what you can or can’t put in self storage, please reach out to your local LockTite Property Manager to ask! We’d prefer you reach out rather than store something that is prohibited that could cause a problem down the road.


While this is the list of items that you can’t put in storage—the items you can store are virtually endless! If you don’t see an item on this list, it’s probably fine to store. Here are some types of units that you might look at, depending on the items you want to store with us:

Traditional Drive-Up Units

Our drive-up units are non-climate controlled. They range in size from tiny closet-like spaces that are 5'x5 to garage or warehouse-sized spaces at around 14'x85'+. These units are good for items that do not need climate control and humidity protection--anything that would be just fine in your garage during the hot Texas summer months.

Breezeway Units

We offer breezeway units with covered hallways for ease of access at select properties. These covered hallways protect you from heat, sun, and rain as you access your unit. Though these are traditional units without heating and cooling, they tend to stay cooler than a drive-up unit. You can store items that do not need to be in a climate controlled environment in these units.

Drive-Up Climate-Controlled Units

At some locations, we have easy access to drive-up air conditioned storage units. These units have heating, cooling, and supplemental humidity protection to keep a constant environment for your belongings. These units are optimal for temperature- and humidity-sensitive storage such as files, documentation, photographs, heirlooms, electronics, and sensitive indoor equipment.  

Climate Controlled Interior Units

Most LockTite Storage facilities offer climate controlled commercial storage units. These units include heating, cooling, and dehumidification, with select facilities also providing carpeted units to mimic the interior of standard buildings and homes. Our temperature controls are set at 72-76 degrees for the protection of your business storage items during hot Texas summers. These units are also a good option for clinics, CPA's, or anyone who must maintain valuable items in a highly protected environment.

Can I Store Boats, Vehicles, or RVs?

The short answer is: Yes! The type of storage we have at each facility is a bit different, so please reach out to your local LockTite Storage to learn about covered, uncovered, and indoor storage options for vehicles, trailers, RVs, and boats. Click on one of our Houston or Central Texas locations to learn more: Channelview, Conroe, Deer Park, Dripping Springs, La Porte, Pasadena, Pearland, Seguin, Wimberley.

Thanks for Your Due Diligence!

Thank you for considering LockTite Storage for your storage solutions. We appreciate that you’ve taken the time to learn more about the requirements that keep our facility clean and protected for all our customers.


We are pleased to be your storage solution provider. To learn more about our offerings, please browse our website to find your nearest LockTite location.