Camping during the summer is a great way to get back to nature but what do you do with all of the gear when the summer is over?
Camping gear can be cumbersome and take up a lot of room in a house or apartment so organizing it correctly can save a lot of time and money. You don’t want to go hunting around for your belongings and realize at the last minute you don’t have what you need, or it was ruined because of improper storage.
Dirt and moisture can cause your gear to rust or deteriorate over time. 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. Water can cause mildew and breakdown the fibers in a tent.
Jackets, boots and other clothing should also be cleaned properly before you hang them up for the season. Make sure your hiking boots are cleaned and aired out so moisture doesn’t get trapped in them while you are not using them. No one wants to wear smelly boots!
Large rolling storage containers are a great way to keep your camping gear safe during the off season. Get one or two 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 season rolls around you are all set to go! Just roll the containers to the site and you won’t have much to prepare before your next outdoor adventure.
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, GPS systems and radios. Keep the batteries in a plastic bag or use them elsewhere in your home (we always need batteries when we don’t have them!). Wipe down the electronics to remove dirt and store in a dry container.
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 if can’t go without your solar powered camping grill or your portable shower, you might want to consider getting a self storage unit. Plus, a climate controlled unit will ensure your gear is kept safe and dry, unlike a damp basement or moldy garage.