How To | June 18, 2018
There’s nothing better than spending nights camping under the stars. But if you don’t store your camping gear correctly after each trip, those nights may be limited. In this post, you will find tips for storing your tent, sleeping bag and other camping gear!
Step 1: Allow Your Tent Time to Dry
While it may seem tempting to store your tent right as soon as you get home, it is important to let it dry first. Any moisture left on your tent can damage the waterproof coating. The easiest way to dry your tent is to leave it outside for a few hours on a warm day. If you don’t want to wait for your tent to dry, dry it out with towels.
Step 2: Clean the Tent
It is amazing how much dirt, leaves and sticks can gather inside of your tent after only a few days of camping. Before putting your tent away, give it a thorough cleaning. Use a solution of water and soap to clean away any dirt or grime that may be caked on the inside of your tent.
Step 3: Inspect the Seams
The last thing you want is to take your tent out of storage before your next big camping trip, only to discover that the waterproof seams have been damaged. Before storing your tent, do a thorough inspect of the tent. If the waterproof seams look to be damaged, apply a very thin coat of sealant. After applying the sealant, wait at least 24 hours before storing your tent to allow the sealant to dry.
Step 4: Store Your Tent Loosely
While the sack the tent came in is good for transporting it from your home to the campgrounds, it is not a good long-term storage solution. The bag does not allow your tent to breath. When storing a tent, store it in a pillowcase or mesh bag.
Step 5: Choose a Smart Storage Location
Although the garage, basement and trunk of the car are common storage locations for tents, none of these locations are ideal for long-term tent storage. These locations are prone to fluctuations in temperature, which can cause mold and mildew to form. When storing a tent, use a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will maintain a steady temperature ideal for the storage of tent.
Although it is just as important, properly storing your sleeping bag is far less complicated than storing your tent. Before storing your sleeping bag, shake it out to remove any items that may be stuck inside of it. Afterwards, clean any dirty spots with a solution of soap and water. Just like storing your tent, store your sleeping bag in a loose pillowcase or mesh bag.
Scrub out the inside of pots, pans and cooler with soap and water. Allow the pots, pans and cooler ample time to dry before placing them into storage. Store pots and pans inside of a resealable bag. When storing the cooler, store it with the lid off to allow air to circulate.
Following these camping storage tips will keep your camping gear in the best shape for your next trip. Are you interested in renting a climate controlled storage unit to store your camping gear? ezStorage has storage facilities in the Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Columbia, MD, and Virginia area. A 5×5 storage unit would be ideal for storing your tent, cooler, sleeping bag and other camping items. If you are storing multiple tents, chairs, kayaks and other camping gear, consider a 5×10 or 10×10 storage unit. Rent a storage unit today!