So, you are just back from your camping trip. You're probably most excited to see your couch or bed because you've been sitting up for days. This tends to push unpacking your gear aside and sometimes even straight into the garage.
It's important to note that the more you neglect your camping gear, the more it will deteriorate. Once you have time to take a break, these are the steps we recommend for getting your equipment back in shape.
1) Give Your Gear a Thorough Clean
It is recommended that you give all of your gear a thorough cleaning before storing it away to avoid taking home any critters or other nasty liquids from your trip.
For your sleeping bag, remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to wash your sleeping bag. Use a non-detergent soap to hand wash the bag, then rinse the soap out of it thoroughly. Squeeze out as much water as possible, then lay the bag flat in direct sunlight to dry.
2) Keep Your Gear Dry
Keeping your camping gear dry is really important. Keep in mind that these items may get wet during a camping trip. If you have a tent and stakes, you will have to pitch it during the rain. A good idea is to keep your tent zipped closed during rainy weather.
If your sleeping bag does get wet, don't worry. All you have to do is let it dry out naturally. It is also a good idea to hang your sleeping bag while you are keeping it dry so that it can keep the moisture from absorbing back into the fibers.
3) Store Your Gear Properly
Now that we've gone through the effort of cleaning and drying all of your gear, you want to make sure that you store it properly.
Store your tent, stakes and poles in a bag. The bag should be a dry sack that you can quickly zip up to protect your tent from moisture.
The bag should be a dry sack that you can quickly zip up to protect your tent from moisture. Store your sleeping bag in a storage sack. Make sure that it's big enough to allow air to circulate it.
Make sure that it's big enough to allow air to circulate it. Store your sleeping bag away from your tent. It's best to store it on a separate hanging rack or shelf.
It's best to store it on a separate hanging rack or shelf. Store your sleeping pad in a bag or sack. The same goes for your sleeping pad.
While it is important to take care of your camping gear, it can also be a little overwhelming. By following the three simple steps above, you will be able to keep your gear in optimal shape. By cleaning and storing your gear correctly, you will be prepared to take it on your next camping trip.
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