We have had a safe deposit box at our local bank for 30 years. We also have a fire proof security box in our bedroom closet for things we might need in a pinch when the bank is closed, like passports. (Who knows when we might have to make a quick getaway out of the country!)
Our bank built a new headquarters across the street from the old building that is to open next month. We who have safe deposit boxes have to make an appointment with a teller to remove the stuff from the current box and walk over with her to the new bank and new box. Same lock, same keys, same box number. We did the transfer last Monday. The teller told us they have had all sorts of customers cashing long forgotten savings bonds they are finding as they clear out their boxes. We didn’t have any surprises like that, but it has been several years since we visited our box. Our box is full of insurance policies, the abstract for our house, and our wills and POA documents. We have copies of those last things in the bedroom closet as well.
The impish part of me wants to put some weird thing in the safe deposit box to startle our children when they open it after our demise. Husband suggested a roach clip. I thought of springy cloth snakes that pop out when the lid to the box is opened. If I actually did that, I know that whatever child opened the box would exclaim “Mom!”. We shall see what I do.
Have you ever had a safe deposit box? What did you keep in it? What would you like to put in one that would surprise your heirs?