Whether you’re spending the weekend in a camper or hitting the trails for an extended adventure, you’re going to need a lot of tools, equipment and gear for a successful camping trip. Depending on your comfort level, you may only require a handful of necessities. Or, you might prefer “glamping” or glamorous camping, which has become trendy lately. Those interested in being extra comfortable during their camping trip will need to bring along even more stuff than normal.
Let’s take a look at what camping essentials you’ll need in addition to storage solutions for this gear when you’re not using it.
Having everything you need when you’re out in the wilderness is crucial, as there often won’t be any place to buy what you don’t have with you. You have to ensure you’ve brought all the requisite items necessary to cook food, protect yourself from the elements and enjoy your trip.
Make a camping gear list well in advance so you don’t forget anything. While a number of items you bring along for your summer camping trips will vary from one person to the next, there are quite a few essentials, including:
- First-aid kit
- Flashlights (with extra batteries)
- Hammer or mallet for the tent stakes
- Multi-tool or knife
- Sleeping bags and other bedding
- Trash bags
Of course, you’ll also have clothing and food with you, as well. If you want to get even comfier by glamping, or you want to have more fun, you also can pack things like:
- Air mattress
- Child carrier
- Fishing gear
- Frying pan
- Folding chairs
Many of these items need to remain safely stored to ensure everything stays together. For example, depending on the size of the tent, there can be numerous parts and pieces that are all necessary for it to function. If anything gets lost when you’re not using this, it’ll ruin your next camping trip. Plus, the more camping trips you take, the greater the chance that you’ll accumulate additional gear to use at the campsite. Keeping all of this material in place and ready to use requires a solid storage strategy.
Consider these storage tips for your camping equipment:
1. Clean the gear
Tents keep you safe but are exposed to the elements. They accrue rain, dirt, sand and sometimes even bugs. You’ll want to make sure you sufficiently clean your tent before storing it. This will avoid mildew buildup, bad smells and infestations. Similarly, since most of what you use will also be outdoors with you on the camping trip, it’s wise to give everything a thorough wipe down when you’re finished with it. For instance, if you use a grill, scrub off any charcoal stains or burnt food, as this can damage the metal or attract bugs.
2. Organize everything
Having your tent, sleeping bags, grills, tools and more all organized helps you stay ready for your next camping trip. Consider keeping a list of everything so you don’t forget what you already have. This can save you time and money so you don’t end up rushing out to buy extra stuff when you decide to go camping again.
Plus, if you’re going with a larger group, you might not have to bring everything along. An organized list will let you know exactly what you have, what you need and what you can incorporate into the group outing. This also helps if a friend or family member needs to borrow some of your equipment for their own camping trip, as you’ll have everything organized and easy to find.
3. Utilize transportable containers
Keeping most or all of your camping gear in containers is a great way to keep these items clean and free from pests, but they can also help accommodate and transport the items easier. Plastic bins with good handles and tight, latch-on lids keep everything organized in one place. Also, containers with wheels make it easier to transport your stuff from your car to the campsite, a trip that can be tough in and of itself.
4. Use a storage unit
A self storage unit is a great way to keep all this gear safe and organized when not in use. This will let you stock up on more equipment and not have the available space in your home limit the amount of stuff you purchase to make your camping trip as comfortable and satisfying as you want. If you’re using containers, it’s easy to simply wheel them into the storage unit and keep everything ready to go for your next camping adventure. Contact SecurCare Self Storage to learn more about low rates for a storage unit near you!