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Nov 02, 2016

Storing and Organizing Camping Gear

Camping is one of the most exciting outdoor activities you can do. However, the gear can take up quite a lot of space. Whether you have the basics or all the essentials to live in the wild, there are some space-saving things you can do to stay organized year-round.

Plastic Totes

Plastic totes make a great storage container whether your camping gear is with you in the mountains or in storage, waiting to be used next weekend. By using these sturdy storage containers, hauling them around the campsite is easy and storing them is as simple as putting them on the shelf. Totes are also stackable – which makes it easy to store them when they aren’t being used.

Space Bags

Sleeping bags and foam mats can take up a lot of space, but if you store them in space bags, they can fit easily on shelves and in those totes you have handy. Some people are concerned that compressing your sleeping bag may break it down more quickly, so this is up to your discretion.

Tent Storage

It is recommended that tents are stored loosely. Because they take up a large amount of space, it may be tempting to try to stuff your tent back in the bag it came in. Instead, try storing it (without forcing it) in a plastic tote. This is a great way to ensure it’s not packed too tightly, and can fit easily on a shelf.

Air Out Hiking Gear

In addition to airing out your hiking gear when you get home from a trip, it is important to store boots and backpacking gear in an open space as well. This is a good way to avoid trapping in any moisture, causing the gear to smell. If you can, store these items on a shelf.

Keep a Backup Container

Keep at least one empty bin on hand for that massive grocery trip you’ll take before you embark on your camping adventure. It makes it easy to transport the food, and stackable storage is easy as pie when you get home.

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