Camping during the summer is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. However, what do you do with all of the gear in-between camping trips or when the summer is over?
Camping gear can take up a lot of space in your house or apartment so organizing it can save a lot of time and money. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and realize you don’t have what you need, or it was ruined because of improper storage.
Keeping It Clean
Dirt and moisture can cause your gear to rust or deteriorate over time. You should wipe your sleeping bag, tent, and tent poles with a damp rag to remove excess dirt. If it’s extra dirty you can hose it down but make sure it is completely dry before storing it. Remember, water can cause mildew. This will cause a breakdown in the fibers in a tent. Don’t forget jackets, boots and other clothing should also be cleaned properly before you hang them up for the season.
Large plastic storage containers are a great way to keep your gear safe during the offseason. Get a few large ones and store all your clean and dry items inside. Keep your tent and sleeping bags loose in one and your cooking utensils and gadgets in another. When the next camping trip rolls around you are all set to go! Just grab the containers and you won’t have much to prepare before your next outdoor adventure.
Keeping It Safe
We all have a few creature comforts that make camping a little easier but electronics that aren’t used often can breakdown or corrode. Make sure batteries are removed from all flashlights and radios. Try and keep the batteries in a plastic bag or use them elsewhere in your home. It’s a good idea to wipe down any electronics to remove dirt and store in a dry container.
Keep It Simple
Of course, we want to bring everything and the kitchen sink when we go camping, but the whole point is to be with nature and go without the extras for a few days. The less you bring camping with you, the less you need to store! But it can’t go without your solar powered camping grill or your portable shower, you might want to consider getting a climate controlled unit will ensure your camping gear is kept safe and dry, unlike a damp basement or moldy garage.
Follow our tips, and you’ll have nothing but happy trails and serene, starry nights in the wilderness from here on out.