How To Properly Store Camping Equipment
The end of fall and the arrival of winter is often hard to come to grips with, especially after you have spent so much quality time during the warmer months outside with friends and family. This is especially true if you are a camper. Time spent in nature, especially cooking and sleeping in nature, is almost indescribably beautiful, and having to give that up for another year can be depressing. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, though, which means putting that camping equipment away into storage for a few months. Below are some tips for properly storing camping equipment this winter.
Drive Up Storage
A drive up storage unit is one where you are able to take your vehicle all the way up to the entrance of your storage unit. Drive up storage is a great option for people who move big, heavy equipment on a regular basis and don’t want the hassle, or the risk, of having to walk between the parking lot and the unit over and over again. Look for a storage facility in your area that offers this option if you know you are going to be storing and removing camping equipment every year.
Clean Your Gear
Anytime you have gear and equipment that spends a considerable amount of time outdoors, it’s going to become a magnet for dirt and grime. Leaving dirty, grimy camping gear sitting in storage all winter is a great way to destroy it, or at the very least, render it much less effective. These are the things you are trusting to keep you safe and comfortable while you are outside, exposed to nature, so give them a thorough once over before putting them away for the winter.
If you are someone with a lot of gear that can be broken down into separate categories, then make sure you are labelling everything, so that you know what’s what. Cooking supplies in one box, survival stuff in another, linens and sleeping bags in another. You want to get back out into the wild as quickly as you can next season, so make sure your camping gear is easy to locate and remove after the thaw.
Life is all about streamlining processes to make things easy on yourself. Drive up storage, labelling, and cleaning your gear will ensure your camping stuff goes into self storage safely and properly, so you can rest assured that your gear will come out of storage in as good condition as it went in.