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Tips for packing camping equipment

A young woman sitting at her camping site.

Ah, the great outdoors! The sights, the smells, and the freedom of it is something that keeps drawing people to keep coming back to the beautiful nature! However, when the charm of the adventure is dying down and you are returning home, there is one more camping-related thing you will need to think about. That is, packing camping equipment for storage. Although this is the less popular stage in every camping trip it is also one of the most important ones. After all, to be able to return to nature next time, you need to properly take care of your camping equipment. Precisely that need was what inspired us to write this article. So here are our tips for packing camping equipment, to help you in this stage of your adventure.

Planning

As with all things that involve DIY packing, there is a lot of importance to planning when packing camping equipment. Different items will demand different treatment. So a good plan will do you wonders when it comes to packing camping equipment. Also, it will save you time. For example, you can hang your sleeping bag to air out and while it does you can clean your other equipment. The reality of the situation is that most people don’t feel like dedicating time to taking care of their packing equipment right after their trip. Thus, wasting as little time while doing it will not only make it shorter and easier, it will leave you with more time to rest, afterward.

A woman writing in a notebook
Good planning is key when it comes to packing camping equipment.

To properly plan packing camping equipment after the trip, make a list of the equipment you are using while preparing for the trip. Afterward, you can use the list to decide what to take care of at that moment, to make a packing schedule that will save you time. Another benefit here is that you will not forget to take care of any single piece of equipment you used, ensuring that it is all well taken care of.

How to get down to packing camping equipment

As we mentioned above, different camping equipment will need different treatment for storage. Just like camping is healthy for you, proper storage is healthy for your equipment. Therefore we decided to list how you can best treat various pieces of camping equipment before packing it.

Tent

The shelter of your camping trip is the one that usually takes the greatest impact. There is the weather during your trip, rain or sun, that affects it. Then there is dirt, either on the outside, where your tent lay or on the inside if you trailed some in. There are also things like pebbles, leaves and pine needles that you might have also brought in. All these have to be cleaned out first. You can turn your tent inside-out and shake all of the loose items inside. Then gently clean the inside and out of it using a sponge and soap. Don’t use any aggressive chemicals or brushes as these can damage the tent. Make sure you pay attention to tent stakes and poles while cleaning.

A pitched tent
The tent is your mobile home and shelter, so it deserves special care when it comes to packing camping equipment.

Once it is clean, pitch it at a clean location outside your home to dry. It is very important to have the tent completely dry before you pack it. Left-over humidity can lead to mold and mildew forming, which is obviously very bad. Finally, when it is completely dry inspect it to make sure that it’s clean and pack it in its bag. Keep it at a dry place in your home as, again, humidity from the air can lead to mold and mildew.

Sleeping bag

Similar to the tent, you want your sleeping bag very clean. Start off by hanging it out to dry. Make sure that you keep it away from the sun while airing it, as the Sun’s rays can have an adverse effect on your sleeping bag’s material. Once it is aired out, you should turn it inside-out to make sure there is nothing left inside. Then you can use soap to scrub the head area of the sleeping bag, before putting it into the washing machine. Use medium-low heat and a mild detergent. Once it is washed, hang it out to dry again. To keep it cozy and fluffy for future camping trips, hang it on a hanger in the closet or lay it flat under your bed in a protective bag.

A man holding out a sleeping bag. When it comes to packing camping equipment pay special care to your sleeping bag.
For maximum comfort take good care of your sleeping bag.

Backpack

Similar to packing camping equipment in the points above, you will want to thoroughly clean your backpack. Start with vacuuming it, then use a mild soap and a sponge to clean it on the outside. Camping experts will tell you to never put your backpack into the washing machine. Instead, if your backpack needs a thorough cleaning, you should do it by hand. Same as with the sleeping bag and tent, make sure the backpack is dry before storing it.

Cooking equipment

When it comes to packing camping equipment that is used for preparing food, you need to make sure that no cooking residue is left on these. Start off by removing the fuel from the stove. Then, wash the stove and utensils, thoroughly first, then dry them. The latter will prevent any rust from developing. Store the fuel in a safe, cool, location where it won’t suffer from changing temperatures. As for the stove and the utensils, you can use any leftover moving boxes you might have to store these.

A mug of coffee on a camping stove.
Make sure your cooking equipment is clean before storing it.

Clothing

Finally, you will need to organize your camping wardrobe for storing. Empty out the pockets to check for any items you might have forgotten to take out. Then, follow the instruction labels and wash the clothes accordingly. Leave them out to dry, before storing them. For storage, you can use vacuum bags or just store them in your wardrobe.

Other things to keep in mind when packing camping equipment

An interesting thing trend we heard from senior movers is that more and more seniors seem to be investing in camping equipment. Not one to miss out on a great fishing trip or other advantages of an outdoors adventure, seniors will have to keep one thing in mind when packing their camping equipment. Even if the trip made them feel invigorated, it was tiring. A camping trip can bring fatigue even to young people,  let alone seniors. With that in mind, when packing camping equipment, seniors should make sure they don’t strain themselves too much. Taking it easy here would be the smartest approach.

Packing camping equipment like a pro

After reading through our list of tips, you should be well prepared to take on packing camping equipment like a pro. After all, for someone who takes on the untamed nature for pleasure, what obstacle is a little packing?