Unless you are a die-hard outdoors person and love winter camping, chances are you are finished with packing up your car with your trusty camping gear and traipsing off to be in nature. Some may get that last thanksgiving weekend trip but for most of us, our camping days are over for another season.
Although it is best to clean you gear after every trip, we all know that it is often not the case. Life often gets in the way of good intentions and your trusty gear often gets thrown in the corner to be dealt with another day.
For long term storage of your camping gear it is essential that you take the time to prepare everything properly and although camping equipment is durable, it is also expensive and improper storage can be costly when you need to replace perfectly good gear due to damage.
One of the most essential and expensive parts of your gear, tents are often the most neglected.
- Tents should be taken outside and aired out well.
- All dirt should be removed from the inside and outside of your tent. Spot clean all areas that are dirty and treat any areas where there may be some sign of mild or mildew. Remember that mildew present on a tent can void your warranty.
- Check for food. Crumbs and old food particles are your tents worst enemy and critters and bugs best friend.
- Check all zippers and openings and be sure to remove any dirt in the Velcro that might harbor unwanted bugs.
- Check your tent and all poles for damage. Repair the tent before storage and replace, repair and clean all posts.
- Make certain your tent and all accessories are dry before folding and storing for the winter.
- Make sure your sleeping bags are clean before storing. Check labels and if necessary, have them dry cleaned before storing.
- Check for any damage to your sleeping bag and zippers and make any necessary repairs.
- Do not store your sleeping bags rolled up tightly. It is best to store them inside out and hanging up or in a plastic container folded loosely as you would a good blanket. This will keep fibers from being damaged and able to breathe.
Camping Stoves and Utensils
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and clean your stove thoroughly before storing.
- Remove any old fuel and check your stove for any damage or parts that need to be repaired or replaced including pump valves, O-rings, and seals.
- Clean all of your utensils and pots and pans well.
- Store everything in a plastic container.
With a little TLC before storing, your camping gear can last many years. Remember that camping gear should be stored in a dry, warm place. If storing your gear in your garage or basement is less than ideal consider a climate-controlled self- storage unit.
Total Storage offers climate controlled storage units in many sizes to accommodate your camping equipment for storage. For more tips and advice contact our dedicated Self-Storage consultant at 204-832-8181.