Help for storing essential documents?


Hello guys,

I'm a field assistant in a construction company. I'm planning for a three-week site visit. I have been arranging all the essentials stuff that needs to be carried for the inspection for it for the past three weeks. The items mainly consist of measuring tools, soil tester, etc. Everything seems checked. The only thing that still worried me is the safety of my valuables at home. I've certain valuable files and documents in my house both personal and official documents. It also not safe to carry that with me. My friend suggested self-storage lockers for storing the documents safely, but I have never used that service before. So I'm a little confused. Is it safe to store my valuables? It would be great if anyone could share their experiences with storage units. Any help would be highly appreciated!

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 17, 2021

    If you are storing documents and other valuables from your home, a very secure way to keep them safe is in a bank in a safe deposit box, you could rent the size you need. With that, you are limited by the hours the bank is open.

    You could also buy a safe, they are widely available from big box stores-like BJ's, also Harbor Freight, those 2 came to mind.

    A storage facility, my son rented 1 a few years back and it was secure, they have them inside (environmentally controlled) and outside, with obvious means of protection and he had no problems. The facilities are monitored which is important. They probably have a list of rules of what can be stored and how the units are to be used, meaning they do not want someone to store flammables or do spray painting in it.

  • Get a safe deposit box at your local bank.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 17, 2021

    I would look into short term storage in a safe deposit box at a local bank.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 17, 2021

    for personal items you need to either go to a bank and get a safe deposit box or buy a small home safe type box you can hide and take the key with you - for the other items, you just need to group them together and use large zip lock type bags to store them in to keep them from dampness or rain and put into a large tote bag

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 17, 2021

    Hi Rechard, go buy a personal safe, here are a few to consider

    Although there are safety deposit boxes you could rent, you can only access during banks opening hours, so not as convenient as a home safe

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 17, 2021

    I agree that a safety deposit box would be your best bet!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 17, 2021

    Safety deposit box they do a variety of sizes to choose from. We have a fire proof gun safe and it holds a lot of different stuff. Like birth certificates, etc. So even if my house burns down I will have important stuff save and secure.

    If you are concerned about the price look at used ones.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 17, 2021

    The Bank has safety deposit boxes of all size, however they may not be big enough for your use. I storage place that is monitored and that does not flood is great. A friend found one that was 5 stories tall and rented the smallest one that they had on the 4th floor for about $27 per month for a 5x10. You can also buy a safe at Costco for about $800 and keep it in your home closet.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 17, 2021

    Hello Rechard: I think I'd put them in a safety deposit box at the bank. To me, that would be the safest place. Here's a site that tells about them:

    If you are planning on getting a safe for your home, consider that it can be lifted and carried away, unless you get the type that you can bolt to the floor. Also, check the fire rating. Some of the cheap ones don't have a good rating and your documents could burn up :( I, personally, would put my stuff in the bank.

    Good luck

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 22, 2021

    Storage units are normally not known for their security. Check with your bank for a safe deposit box or a few. Another option is a safe at your home. If you go with a home safe, make sure it is fire-proof up to a high temperature, just in case.