Are you storing your camping gear correctly? How you’ve packed it away will determine its longevity and its condition for your next outdoor escape come spring. Here are a few of our pro tips for storing your camping kit correctly
Before you pack away your tent, make sure it’s clean. We’d recommend using soapy water and a soft sponge rather than household cleaning products, as this will protect the material from damage. Once washed, leave it to fully dry otherwise you could find a build-up of mould and mildew next time you unpack it.
If there are any faults with your tent, try to fix them as soon as possible to prevent further damage or risk forgetting about the issue. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you’ve travelled to your next camping destination months later only to discover a large hole in the material.
Keep everything loosely packed away in a cool, dry and dark place, free from vermin. If it’s folded too tightly or stored in a humid space you run the risk of tearing or weakening the material.
Give your sleeping bag a good shake to release any items that may have become accidently wrapped up inside the bag. Afterwards, like you did with your tent, make sure your sleeping bag is clean and fully dry before you pack it away.
To ensure your sleeping bag stays healthy and usable for a long time, always store it out of its stuff sack: these compression holders are intended for travel or backpacking purposes only as they can damage the sleeping bag’s filling. Wherever possible let it unfurl and breathe.
If you can, hang up your sleeping bag in a dry closet, or keep it packed away in a large cotton or mesh breathable bag, away from direct sunlight.
Always remove batteries from appliances you have brought camping and plan to pack away once you’re home. This includes items such as torches, GPS devices, camping radios or other similar electronic gadgets. Not doing so could cause corrosion or a leak which ruins other camping kit.
Store the batteries separately in a cool, dry and sealable container with the rest of your camping equipment.