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3 Tips For Storing Your Camping Gear in the Off-Season

Just store It | Feb 15, 2019

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy near Clarksville, and camping is one of them. During the colder months, though, what are you doing with your camping gear? You could keep it stored somewhere in your home, if you have the room. Chances are that your tent, sleeping bags, propane stove, and other camping gear are taking up unnecessary space and creating clutter in your home.

At Just Store It!, we have a variety of storage unit sizes to accommodate a large range of storage needs. If you have a lot of camping gear you aren’t using during the winter, store it at our storage facility. We’re committed to clean, secure, and convenient storage!

1. Wash and Air Out

Make sure your gear stays in good condition while you’re not using it by cleaning and airing it out before you put it in storage.

Wash all of your camping clothes you won’t be using and make sure everything is thoroughly dry before packing it away.

Air out your tent so it doesn’t start to grow mildew for the months it’s in storage. Shake out any dirt or grass from the inside and brush off any dirt or sand from the outside. Make sure stakes and poles are free of dirt and mud as well.

Wash all of your dishes, utensils, and cooking pots. Bacteria can grow quickly on dishware that hasn’t been washed properly, even in climate-controlled storage units. Make sure your camping stove is free of crumbs and cooked-on grease. Consult the owner’s manual for instructions on how to clean it.

2. Categorize Your Gear

Before you start packing away your camping gear, take some time to group them into similar categories for storage. This is also a helpful safety precaution when you’re packing away things like propane canisters and flammable gear. Organizing your gear by its function can be helpful and easy to remember later on.

Group your electronics together, like flashlights, headlamps, and a GPS. Keep cooking supplies and utensils together, like your propane grill, camping dishware, and any freeze-dried or non-perishable food. Your tent, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads can be grouped together. Clothing, if you have a lot for camping, can be stored together.

3. Pack and Label

Now that you have your camping gear organized, it’s time to pack everything. We recommend plastic storage containers for their durability and easy handling. Remember to label your boxes, even if your containers are transparent, so you can find everything easily at the start of warmer months.

You can easily stack and store plastic storage bins, but if you’re storing a lot of different gear that you’ll need access to at different times, you might want to invest in a storage shelf as well. This will allow you to access bins quickly without having to unstack and restack containers.

Storing Your Tent

Tents are made with a lot of cool materials that make your camping experience more enjoyable. A lot of fabric used for tents is water-wicking, and this fabric needs to be stored properly to maintain its effectiveness. Instead of folding your tent, roll it. Folding it creates creases, damaging the waterproof layer and causing tears in the fabric over time. Rolling your tent will prevent these creases from occurring.

Poles and stakes could poke holes in the fabric of your tent if they’re packed in the same bag. You can keep everything together, but make sure poles and stakes are in their own bag to prevent tearing.

Make sure your tent is clean and dry before putting it in its bag. It’s also important to store your tent somewhere dark to prevent fading or damage from UV rays, but you won’t have this problem if you’re storing your camping gear in one of our storage units.

Storing Your Sleeping Bag

When you’re packing for a camping trip, your sleeping bag is probably rolled up and in its sleeve. This is not, however, how you should be storing it during the off-season. If you keep your sleeping bag rolled for long periods of time, it can affect the insulation of the bag and reduce its ability to keep you warm during a chilly night in the woods.

Instead of rolling your sleeping bag or stuffing it into its sleeve, hang it on a hanger. If you’ve purchased a storage shelf for your bins, the hanger should be able to hook onto a post or even a high shelf.

Storing Electronics

Some of your most important gear during camping season is the tools you use to find your way. Electronics like a GPS (when you lose cell service), flashlights, and headlights are handy tools when you’re adventuring in the great outdoors. Keep these items in good condition during the off-season by removing their batteries to prevent corrosion or leakage. Store the batteries in baggies. You can label which bag goes with which gadget.

Storing Cookware

Make sure propane canisters are turned off and stored separately from cooking elements. Most camping dishware is durable and scratch- and crack-proof, but you may choose to pad them with rags to prevent any movement during transport.

 

At Just Store It!, our storage units are designed to address the variety of needs our customers have. Whether you have just the basics or all the bells and whistles, we have a storage space just for you. Contact us today to reserve your storage unit.