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EASY TO FOLLOW TIPS TO CARE FOR CAMPING GEAR

After a fun but tiring camping trip, all everyone wants to do is have a hot shower and watch some tv while waiting for Chinese takeaway delivery to arrive. It’s easy to feel that it is too much of a bother to spend this precious time packing up and storing your camping gear and equipment. Unfortunately, this is something you can’t neglect to do. Even though most of your camping gear is built to withstand a lot of wear and tear, they’re still susceptible to damage, especially when they are not cleaned and stored correctly.

Here’s what you need to do to keep your camping gear and equipment in good condition.

INSPECT YOUR CAMPING GEAR

Upon arriving home, I always do a thorough inspection of your camping gear. This will give you an idea of what items need to be cleaned or taken care of and what items you can already put into storage. For this process, I find that I can keep track of everything by having a complete checklist.

CLEAN AND DRY EVERYTHING OUT

Your tent takes a lot of abuse in order to protect you from the rain, sun and dirt. For continued protection, you have to make sure that the tent is clean and dry before putting away for storage. Clean your tent using a sponge, mild soap and warm water. Don’t use a brush as it may be too harsh and damage the coating of your tent. After it has been cleaned, air it out on the yard or hang it over the clothesline to dry. The same goes for your sleeping bags and backpacks.

REMOVE ALL RESIDUE

There’s nothing worse than finding remnants from your previous excursion when getting out on your next camping trip. By not taking care of the residue, you also risk having mould and mildew form on your equipment, which can damage otherwise tough materials.

Even if you rinsed the food boxes, plates, utensils, crockery, mugs and bottles at the campsite, you must still do a proper cleaning when you get home. To remove all of the food residues properly, the only option is good old warm and soapy water.

Also, make sure your portable stove or grill has no remaining crumbs or grime. Do a proper cleaning to prevent rust. I like to use as much aluminium foil as I can when using my portable grill so that cleaning is easier.

As for your clothes, it’s time for someone to do the laundry as soon as possible to get rid mud, dirt or even critters you may have picked up during your camping trip. And that’s important, hand out all the tasks so that you can be done with all the cleaning that is necessary.

MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS

You’ll have a lot of other things to think about when preparing for your next camping trip. So, if you have camping gear that’s damaged, it’s best to make the repairs as soon as possible. Create a list of what you need to get done over the next few days. There is only a certain amount of work that can be done when you return.

I find a list helps, for example, if I need to fix faulty appliances and the like. This list helps to make sure I get someone or I repair what’s needed and not have the need to fix something while getting ready next time.

TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

Whether or not it will be a while before your next camping trip, it’s best to take some preventative measures when it comes to your appliances and devices. Make sure that everything is turned off. To prevent leakage, remove fuel from the stove and remove batteries from your electronics. Batteries are one that many of us forget, which easily leads to device damage.

ENSURE PROPER STORAGE

Once everything is clean and dry, another way of caring for your camping gear is to make sure that they’re stored properly. Return everything to their original bags and protective cases. It’s good to have fixed storage locations, say somewhere in the garage. I like to make sure my gear is off the ground, too. Whatever you do, the best places will be dry and cool.

Camping is a hobby that, if you are like me, you want to have more gear to take with you. As soon as you get bitten by the bug, I bet you will find that you want more gear. Take care of it with my advice, and that way, you get the most out of your investment.


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.