Camping Storage Hacks That Will Make You Want to Camp Again!
You'd want to camp again with these storage hacks!
Nothing makes a camper happier than having an organized and less messy camping experience. Not only does it make the whole adventure more efficient, but it also makes everything else easier and more fun! Unlike indoor storage where there is usually ample space to keep your stuff, storing your camping essentials during the trip is quite limited. Therefore, it pays to be extra mindful of what goes where and why.
Why do you need to take extra care of your camping gear?
If you haven’t touched your tent box for a while, you might find it moldy – with broken pieces here and there. Poorly stored camping equipment smells gross and looks downright filthy. In effect, your materials will deteriorate rather quickly and will become futile faster than when stored properly.
An affordable storage solution is the best way to keep them in tip-top shape, but you can always benefit from practical hacks and ideas to keep your gear in good shape before, during, and after your trip.
Check out these steps if you feel overwhelmed by what gear to pack and how to keep them all safe and well-organized.
1. Purchase things exclusive for camping.
This tip saves you more time than you can imagine. If you are someone who loves to go camping oftentimes a year, it’s best to purchase items that are exclusive for your camping trips. Instead of going over your household items and getting your essentials from there, why not create a ready-to-go camping tote in advance? This means a good chunk of your packing is already complete before the next camping trip is even decided.
Here are some things you can include in your ready-to-go tote: mugs, utensils, dishrags, hand soap, shawl, paper products, etc.
2. Categorize your packing.
Space is a very crucial aspect of your camping so it’s best to pack intentionally to save space and time. Although comfort is essential in every trip, you wouldn’t want to bring anything excess and bulky.
Pack your items in the following categories: kitchen gear (stove, jug, cooking equipment, propane); food (meals, snacks, pantry bin ingredients); shelter and sleeping (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bags, blankets, headlamp); personal items (clothing and toiletries).
Also, you can streamline your trip by following these practices:
● Roll your clothing instead of folding it
● Don’t get tempted to throw all your stuff inside the duffel bag. Pack your categorized items in stackable bins that fit perfectly at the back of your vehicle. Save your duffel bag for your clothing and personal items so you can easily find your jacket and toothbrush.
● Create an inventory of your items
● Take note of the items you didn’t use on your camping trip. Cross these items off of your list for your next camping.
3. Make your camping gear ready for storage after camping.
As soon as you get home from your trip, set up your tent and allow it to dry completely. Storing your tent prematurely will invite mold, mildew, and rot! Don’t forget to clean it up after drying, and do the same for your other camping supplies. This will shoo the dust and bugs away while your equipment is kept in an indoor storage unit.
That being said, it is also important to air out your sleeping bags and blankets to release loose items. You can do so by placing each item on a hanger or laying it flat on the ground completely. Keeping them exposed in direct sunlight during this process is also ideal as the light will act as a good disinfectant.
4. Store your camping gear in a safe, cool, and dry place.
Make use of an affordable storage solution within your area once you’re ready to take your camping stuff in hibernation mode. Whether you choose an indoor storage unit or a drive up storage, make sure the space you pick is cool, dry, and away from direct sunlight. A drive up storage unit is also ideal if you’re the type who makes camping trips every month or so as it’s easily accessible.
Renting an affordable storage unit secures your camping gear and takes out all the hassle of saving your supplies for later use. If you keep an organized system in place, you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor experience to the fullest!
If you are searching for a great storage solution for your camping equipment, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out!