It’s true that going camping can be as much work as it is fun. However, if you plan ahead and if your gear is organized, you will reduce the amount of work for yourself. For campers, their equipment is a treasure and caring for it will extend the life of the products. It’s time to pull your camping treasures out of storage and get to exploring.
Before you go camping, make a list of all the essentials you will need. If you go camping often, keep this list handy for the next time.
- Sleeping bags
- Stove and fuel
- Cooking supplies
- Food and water
- First Aid Kit
As you pull your gear out of storage, inspect each item to make sure things are still in tact. Check for damage in sleeping bags, tents, and cooking utensils. Check and replace any missing items from the first aid kit.
Check gadgets for batteries. If you didn’t remove the batteries from flashlights, headlamps, etc., you may find corrosion. It is better to find this and replace it before you head out to your campsite.
Wash everything before you leave. It’s a great idea to wash your camping dishes and utensils before you leave. If you can’t remember if you washed your sleeping bags before you stored them away, wash and dry those, too. This is another reason why you will want to plan ahead. Drying sleeping bags thoroughly will take time. You absolutely do not want to start your adventure with a damp sleeping bag.
Pack for your adventure wisely. Group your items together and pack them in containers as such. Label the bins, bags, or boxes that you pack them in as you load them in your vehicle. All of your sleeping, exploring, eating items will be together and easy to identify. TIP: Pack your tent last.
The most important thing about camping is to enjoy your adventure! Fresh air and connecting to nature is one of the most rewarding way to spend a weekend away.
Once you return, take the time to store your camping equipment correctly to save yourself time and money. When stored correctly, it will last longer. Here are a few storage tips for after your adventure.
Wash those sleeping bags in the washing machine even if they look clean. If you’re drying them in a machine, use tennis balls inside to keep fluffiness of the bags. When possible, hang the sleeping bags to both dry and for storage.
Just as when you pulled out cooking supplies and utensils, wash and dry them before putting them away in storage. Dirty dishes and utensils can lead to bad odors and possible uninvited pests.
Before returning your tent, it’s ideal to let the tent air dry before packing it back into its storage bag. Finally, organize your storage by using labeled bins. Clear plastic bins are ideal but even if you can’t use those, use labels. Labeled storage always reduces time and energy when you go to retrieve the camping equipment for your next adventure.