There is nothing quite like spending a few nights under the stars. You wake up to breakfast cooked over the fire, then spend your days hiking, fishing, or just relaxing. You experience the deep peace that only nature can bring.
And then you come home—and you’ve got a car full of stuff to put away.
It’s awfully tempting to just stick it in the garage and get to answering all your emails, but that’s the worst thing you can do if you want to keep your gear in good shape.
3 Camp Gear Storage Tips
It shouldn’t take you too long to put all your gear away properly—and your effort will be rewarded when it’s time for your next outing and all of your gear is still in excellent condition. Here’s how to get the job done.
1. Clean and Dry Your Gear
This step applies to your tent, your backpack, your sleeping bag and any other gear you have that’s made of any kind of pliable material.
You don’t need to go all Martha Stewart on your gear. If it smells or has visible dirt on it, clean it using gentle soap and water. You want to be wiping your tent and backpack down; not fully submerging them in water and scrubbing.
The next step—and this is the most important step—is to make sure that your gear is 100 percent dry before storing it. If it’s at all damp, you’ll be inviting the lovely smell of mildew to your next camping outing.
If you can, pitch your tent in a dry spot (maybe even an extra bedroom) to dry. You can also hang or drape your gear.
You’ll also want to give all of your cookware a good cleaning before you put it away.
2. Take Care of Electronics
Prevent corrosion by removing the batteries in your flashlights and other electronics before storing them. Put the batteries in a plastic bag and store the electronics and batteries together in the same box or bag.
3. Be Careful About Storage Conditions
Even if your gear is completely dry, mildew can still be a problem if you store your gear in humid conditions. In most cases, that rules out basements, attics, and garages.
You also want to be sure to pack your gear in such a way that allows ventilation. Sleeping bags should not be stored in the bags they come in, nor should tents. Rather, pack them a bit more loosely in either cardboard boxes or large cotton sacks. Sleeping bags can also be stored flat underneath beds.
How to Store Camp Gear with StorageMart
If you find that you’re running out of room to store all of your gear, you might want to consider self storage as a possible solution. At StorageMart, you can rent a climate-controlled unit as small as 25 square feet or so—or up to the size of a garage. Our self storage units can be rented on a month-by-month basis and are always clean and well lit. Need more info? Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.