Camping has long been a favourite pastime of individuals and families excited to embrace nature and relax their usual pace. The equipment costs a small fortune so you need to store your camping gear properly in between trips.
Preserve Your Camping Gear with Proper Storage
Here are some storage ideas for how and where best to store your camping gear. By having a good storage solution, your gear will remain in good condition and be readily available next time you plan a trip.
Pick a Spot
A great first step is deciding where your camping storage is going to be. Some choose a space in the garage and for those who have the luxury of extra space in a storage shed, they find this a perfect spot to store their gear.
Now that you’ve decided where to store your camping gear you will need to consider any threats. The two main threats that will contribute to their damage are moisture and pests.
You will need to plan accordingly to divert them before they can ruin your next adventure.
You’ve got your spot. You know what you’re up against. Now you’ll just need a few supplies that will come in handy when preparing your gear for storage.
If you have or can make shelving units available in your shed or garage, using large plastic containers with tight lids is highly advisable.
While they aren’t impenetrable, containers can make it more difficult for unwanted guests to make their home among your camping gear.
- Silica pouches or other moisture-absorbing products should be on your shopping list as well.
- Plastic containers do a better job of keeping pests outside, but they can also trap moisture inside. Having moisture absorbers in each container avoids mould and mildew by keeping things nice and dry.
Now to Store Your Camping Gear… Let’s Get Started
First, check your storage space for signs of pests or moisture. Droppings, access points, webs, mould or mildew in your storage area should be removed, cleaned and blocked from returning. After you have secured a clean, dry storage area you can then turn your attention to the following list of items.
Your tent is likely one of your biggest outdoor gear investments. It is also one of the main casualties of improper storage. The folds of a tent can offer shade in the summer and warmth in the winter for insects, snakes and rodents.
Manufactured of fabric, their tendency to hold moisture makes them vulnerable to mould and mildew. Clean and dry your tent thoroughly before folding it neatly and putting it away.
Likewise, clean all poles and stakes. Once you are certain they are completely dry, place your tent and all its components into a plastic container or bag and add moisture absorbers. This will keep moisture at bay and keep unwanted guests from settling in.
The smallest morsel of food left behind on your cooking equipment is the equivalent of a buffet invitation to a hungry critter.
The smell of drippings alone can attract insects and rodents. Be sure to wash all food-related items with detergent and water and make sure they’re fully dry before packing them away.
Disconnect propane tanks from camp stoves and store separately with other fuels. Ideally, cooking equipment should be stored in an airtight plastic container with moisture absorbers as well.
Remember that rodents are known to chew through concrete and they won’t think twice about chewing through your plastic tubs if something inside entices them to do so.
Sleeping Bags and Mattresses
Some say the best place to store your sleeping bag is under your bed, unrolled. This is an ideal location so long as you haven’t claimed that space for other storage needs. If you have, consider placing sleeping bags and mattresses on heavy-duty hangers in a closet instead.
Another option is to fold in half and place in a vacuum-sealed storage bag designed for long items. This would allow you to hang them safely in the garage or storage shed. Once again, don’t forget your moisture absorbers and make sure that they are cleaned, thoroughly dried and inspected prior to storing.
Electronics and Fuel
When storing flashlights, headlamps, GPS or other battery-powered items, it is important to remove the batteries to avoid corrosion or leakage. Batteries can be stored in a sealed plastic bag. Ideally, fuel should be used up at the end of the season. If not, clean the outside of the containers and place them neatly away from other gear and in a place where there is good ventilation.
The best place for fishing rods is hung neatly on wall hooks. Inspect the rods beforehand. Be sure that string is in good condition and that the reel is lubricated and operating smoothly.
There you have it!
Storing your camping gear clean and safely ensures that your next adventure will take less effort and you won’t have to spend money on replacing gear unnecessarily.
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