Where can I safely store my stuff?
I'd like to find a place to store stuff while I'm out adventuring, without spending 5000 on a house (at least, until I can afford that...). Where can I safely store items without worrying about them disappearing?
There are two possible places that come to mind, Gerdur's house (to which I have the key and was told I could stay), and the small bedroom given to me at the College of Winterhold (which I was told was mine, despite seeing J'zaro sitting in it later). Can I store items safely in either of these places?
Some of the chests in Gerdurs house are safe. http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim_talk:Hod_and_Gerdur%27s_House
Places you can safely store your items include any houses you buy, your companion(s), and your horse.
Places considered to be owned by you (and therefore contain safe containers) are (spoiler warning):
- Arch-Mage Quarters (after you become Arch-Mage)
- The Dawnstar Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (After you've finished the Dark Brotherhood quest line)
I have personally stored items in my apprentice quarters in the College of Winterhold without problems, however others have had stuff go missing from there, so be careful.
Other containers may not be safe. Given what some other answers have said, Gerder's house does not seem like a safe place for long-term storage.
What part of the room were you using to store stuff in the College? The stuff I put in the chests there right after joining have vanished.
I threw heaps of stuff in the wardrobe in my assigned room in the apprentice hall for long periods of time, none of it ever went missing. Although maybe I was just lucky?
@Doug How can I store stuff in my horse? only with mods, like this question's answers said ?
I threw in 2K weight worth of stuff after I became arch mage seems that the chest in front of the bed in the arch mage quarters have no limits.
@RavenDreamer had items disappear from the chests in the college room, but Doug had no problems storing stuff in the wardrobe there. The difference is explained by the Safe Containers page of the UESP Wiki (quoted in another answer). Certain types of containers, including dressers and wardrobes, never respawn, so their contents are never deleted. But chests do respawn. So while the *room itself* isn't safe for storage, the *dresser and wardrobe in the room* are safe for storage.