As we are well and truly into festival season, you are probably preparing your camping gear and essentials. We will provide you with tips and tricks on how you can store your camping and outdoor gear.
Clean and Dry
Before storing any camping gear, make sure to clean and thoroughly dry each item. This prevents the growth of mould, mildew, and unpleasant odours during storage. The last thing that you want when you are storing your items is for them to get mouldy and get destroyed before your next camping trip.
Check For Damage
Inspect all of your gear for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Repair or replace any broken zippers, torn fabric, or damaged equipment before storing them. This is so they cannot get damaged any further whilst in storage.
Sort and Categorise
Group similar items together to facilitate easy access and retrieval when needed. Create categories such as tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, hiking gear, etc. This will prevent you from ruffling through piles and piles of camping gear to find what it is that you actually need.
Use Plastic Bins or Containers
Opt for sturdy, waterproof plastic bins or containers to store your camping gear. They provide better protection against moisture, pests, and dust compared to cardboard boxes. When you opt for plastic bins or containers this means that none of your items will get damp which will prevent mould and mildew.
Clearly label each bin or container with its contents. This makes it easier to locate specific items without rummaging through multiple containers as this can cause frustration and stress.
Use Compression Bags For Bulky Items
Utilise compression bags to reduce the size of bulky items like sleeping bags, blankets, and clothing. This will save you so much space and keeps them well-protected.
Disassemble and Fold Equipment
Disassemble any collapsible camping equipment such as tents, chairs, and tables. Clean them, dry them thoroughly, and fold them neatly before storing them.
Store Smaller Items In Pouches or Ziplock Bags
Keep smaller camping essentials like cooking utensils, lighters, batteries, and repair tools in zip-lock bags or small pouches. This prevents them from getting lost or scattered.
Consider Climate Controlled Storage
If you live in an area with extreme temperature fluctuations or high humidity, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. This helps preserve the integrity of your gear and susceptible items like electronics or sleeping bags.
Elevate and Protect
Keep your gear off the ground by using pallets or shelves within your storage unit. This helps protect against potential water damage and allows for better air circulation.
Store In A Dry and Secure Facility
Choose a reputable self-storage with proper security measures in place. Ensure that the storage unit is clean, dry, and well-ventilated to maintain the quality of your gear.
Maintain An Inventory
Create an inventory list of all the items that you have stored. Update it, whenever you add or remove gear. This helps you keep track of your equipment and makes it easier to plan for future trips.
Regularly Check and Rotate
Visit your storage unit periodically to inspect your gear. Look for signs of damage, pests, or moisture buildup. Rotate items if necessary to avoid prolonged pressure on certain materials.
By following these tips you can ensure your camping and outdoor gear remains in top condition, ready for your next outdoor escapade. Happy camping!
If you are interested in renting a storage unit after your camping adventures then please get in touch with us here at Storage Stockport and we can organise a storage unit perfect for you and your needs.