"If your house were on fire, what would you grab on the way out?"
I suspect the first thing that comes to many people's minds are their irreplaceable photo albums.
But consider this - if you digitize your old photos* and store them along with their more recent digital counterparts and then upload them to Flickr, SmugMug, Shutterfly, SnapFish, or GooglePhotos, you need not worry about losing the images and the memories they evoke.
Instead of rescuing your photo albums from your burning house, you could grab your kids, your pets, or even your spouse.
It's a thought.
* Since I was almost 50 years old before digital photography became an affordable norm, I have a lot of digitizing to do - of photos, of 8mm movies, and of 35mm slides. This is why I have to live a few years into retirement since I don't see getting much scanning and converting done while I am working.