In this post, we will try to help you find the best option for where to store luggage in DC, including a new trend in Airbnb-inspired luggage storage.
- Luggage Storage (the Airbnb Method)
- Storage at Airports
- Train Stations
- Things to Do in DC
- Free Tours by Foot
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Luggage Storage Near Me in DC (Airbnb Method)
Vertoe and its competitor below have created systems that find convenient locations for travelers, such as souvenir and gift shops or convenience stores.
These locations are open early and close late and have the capacity and the security to hold and secure your luggage.
Vertoe is America’s largest on-demand short-term storage provider with a presence in over 20 major cities with 300+ locations in the US.
They have over 25 locations in Washington DC covering the entire city and they are adding locations very rapidly. Many of their locations are open 24/7.
Vertoe’s rates are among the cheapest in Washington DC. Bags cost $5.95/day (online price). See their pricing page for more information.
They offer a very generous $5000 in insurance and provide complimentary tamper-proof security seals at their locations.
They have locations covering all major transit spots: Union Station, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport to name a few.
You can book in advance and cancel anytime for a full refund anytime. Click here to find Vertoe locations.
Vertoe users get to rate and review each of their locations, reviews that you could read before checking your bags.
They offer 24/7 customer support.
Bounce offers 2 options. The first is similar to Vertoe. You pay $2/bag/hour with a limit of $6/bag/day.
The other option is a “pick-up/drop off” service. Contact them for more information.
There are over 145 Bounce storage locations in Washington DC, which means it won't be difficult to find a place where you can drop off your luggage.
They offer $3000 insurance. You get a 10% discount automatically if you book through us. You can also use the promo code FREETOURSBYFOOT at checkout to save an extra 5% off.
Alternatively, you can also save money on this service by using the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, which includes its own discount.
Stasher is a British company making inroads in the North American Market.
One feature that stands out is that they claim most of their locations are open 24 hours a day.
$6/day/bag then $5/day/bag for each additional day with $1200 in insurance.
This company has a lot of different storage sites that they call "Angels" which are located all over Washington DC.
Angels are typically found at businesses such as hotels, cafes, and other small shops.
The most notable storage locations in DC are in or near neighborhoods such as Howard University, Downtown, Shaw, Capitol Hill, H Street, and many others.
They currently charge $6 per item per day, and they offer a guaranteed 3-minute check-in process. Angels must be booked online before arrival and the reservation is non-refundable.
Click here to make a reservation.
This is another alternative to some of the more popular services, and their prices also start at $6 per bag.
While they don't have as many storage sites in DC as some competitors, there are some good reasons to consider using this luggage storage company.
One of the biggest reasons is that you can actually save a decent amount on storage prices with this company if you have a Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, as it includes a 20% discount.
Another reason to consider Nannybag is that they are one of the most respected luggage storage companies in the world!
LUGGAGE STORAGE AT MUSEUMS
This option is only for the time you're visiting the museum and the lockers aren't big enough to store large suitcases.
But, if you have small carry-ons or backpacks, you may find this a good place to stash your bags while you explore the museum.
Please do not use these for daily use while you visit other sites. It is for museum patrons only.
The National Museum of American History and the Natural History Museum have coin-operated lockers. These lockers are narrow (think high school lockers) so carryons might be too wide.
The National Gallery of Art has a checkroom that allows luggage to museum visitors.
Note: these museums are not open late so your items will need to be picked up usually by 5 pm.
Why not check out the Airbnb-style option above?
STORAGE AT DC AIRPORTS
Unfortunately, TSA no longer allows lockers at airports in the United States, so you won't find self-service luggage storage at any area airport such as DCA, Dulles, or BWI.
You can always call your airline and see how early you can check a bag, as some will allow you to check luggage hours before your flight.
If you're arriving in DC by plane, check out how to get to the city from:
Why not check out the Airbnb-style option above?
BAGGAGE STORAGE AT UNION STATION
Union Station is the main (and really only) train station in Washington, DC.
Unfortunately, it does not have any luggage storage facilities. However, you may find some luck with Amtrak.
Ticketed Amtrak passengers can use the temporary bag storage for up to 24 hours at the rate of $10 per item.
If you are not traveling on Amtrak, you can still use this option for $20 per item.
This is not self-service, so the luggage is left at the Checked Bag counter.