There’s a kind of camping for everyone. If you’re a fearless, rugged type, you can try minimal gear survival type. More interested in living it up? You could always go “glamping” with a trailer and all the modern amenities. If you want to reconnect with nature, you could go on a hiking-backpacking trip. If you like birds, there are state parks with special birdwatching areas.
No matter what kind of camping you do, you’ll need the gear to do it. Camping gear can be difficult to store because it’s heavy, unwieldy, often fragile, and it requires upkeep. You need your gear to be ready to go when you want it. If you store camping gear, you’ll have to take some steps to make sure it stays camping-ready. The next time you prepare to store your camping gear, follow each of these steps to make sure it stays usable:
Make sure everything is cleaned before putting it away.
No matter what you're storing, you’ll have to clean it properly before you put it into storage. Throw sleeping bags through your washing machine and dryer. Set the heat on low and toss a tennis ball in with the bag to keep it from tangling up. Air out and sweep off your tent.
Make sure you thoroughly wash and dry your camping plates, utensils, and cooking supplies. If you don’t clean your cooking supplies thoroughly even, they could attract pests.
Separate things based on their use.
Once you’ve cleaned and processed everything, it's time to start organizing it. We recommend separating things into different piles based on what they're used for. For example, keep your stoves and utensils in a "cooking" pile.
Sort climbing gear, fishing gear, or clothing into their own piles. Sort tents and sleeping pads into a "shelter" pile. Organizing things based on use makes it easier to find exactly what you need when camping season comes around again.
Store things in labeled plastic bins.
Fold everything as neatly as possible and store them in sealable plastic bins. Plastic bins are your best bet for storage because they prevent potential pest or environmental damage. Label each one according to the piles you separated them into. A few gear-specific recommendations:
- Roll your tent instead of folding it. Rolling helps prevent the fabric from developing permanent creases or tears.
- If you have space, hang your sleeping bag instead of rolling it. This can help preserve the quality of the interior insulation longer.
- Store everything in a cool, dry space. The best way to prevent mold damage is to store your camping gear in a climate-controlled space.
Now that we’ve covered the best ways to store your camping gear, we want to reiterate the best place to store it. A storage unit is the perfect solution for seasonal storage.
Storage Direct offers a wide variety of storage units in customizable sizes. We offer spaces big enough for your collection of kayaks to small enough for your favorite hiking backpack. Get in touch with us today and we’ll figure out the best option for your particular needs.