What to Keep in a Home Safe

important documentsIf you followed our blog last month, then you know there are a variety of reasons to install a residential safe in your home. A home safe can help you protect valuable assets from thieves, protect your home portfolio, prepare for fire or flood, and more. But what should you be keeping in your home safe, and what might be better stored elsewhere? Here is a brief look at what to keep in a home safe.

Important documents

Important documents such as passports and estate planning documents store especially well in a home safe. A home safe will protect these documents from theft, fire, flood, and more, all while still granting you easy access to them. Some documents you might consider storing in your safe include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • Passports
  • Financial information (about bank accounts, debts, etc.)
  • Insurance policies
  • Insurance agent contact information
  • Retirement planning documents (retirement plans, investments, etc.)
  • Estate planning documents (power of attorney, living will, etc.)
  • Property titles
  • Medical information (about prescription medications, contact information, etc.)

It’s a thorough list, to be sure, but keep in mind that if a fire or some other natural disaster occurs, these important documents may be all that you have to go on. Plus, you might as well keep them in a place where you always know where to find them.

Emergency cash

It’s also always a good idea to keep some emergency cash in your home safe. Plan on stowing away at least $200 in small bills to help you get by in an emergency.

Digital copies of family photos

Treasured family photos are irreplaceable once lost, so if you do not currently use online storage, consider transferring all family photos to a USB drive and keeping that in your safe. It’s also a good idea to include photos of the interior and the exterior of your home with these photos, as these could prove invaluable if you need to report losses due to fire or theft.

Spare keys to vehicles

These are dangerous to keep lying around, and you might as well keep them in a safe place where you can always find them.


Got any valuables like jewelry, cash, or precious metals (such as those in your home portfolio)? Putting them in your safe will protect them while still giving you easy access to them.

Keep in mind here that there are a wide variety of safes built for different uses—some which are fireproof, some which are waterproof, some which are designed to protect temperature-sensitive media, etc. When choosing the right safe for your home, be sure to take an inventory of what you plan on storing first, and then choose your safe based on those needs. You can explore our collection of residential safes here.