Posted by Jake Gouwens

Camping season may be over for now, but it won't be long until you're feeling the itch to drive out into the wilderness on the next day of mild weather. When that happens, you'll be glad if you can take advantage of it immediately. Do your future-self a favor by properly storing your camping gear during the off-season so that it's ready to go as soon as you are.

Bundle the Small Stuff

There are a wide variety of ways you can store your camping supplies. Using clear plastic bins to store your small camping items, such as ropes and flashlights, is the best way to make it easy to find the camping items you need quickly. Clear plastic bins will allow you to see where your items are stored and will also provide dust and water protection to ensure that your gear is in optimal condition for your next adventure.

Store Your Sleeping Bag

One of the most important items that you'll need on your camping trip, your sleeping bag will need special care during the camping off-season to ensure that it maintains its integrity. Do not store your sleeping bag in its sack, which will compress the insulation in the sleeping bag and make it lose its cushioning. Instead, spread out your sleeping bag on a flat surface or hang it a closet. Alternatively, you can gently roll it up and stick it in a garbage bag for protection and easy storage. Always let your sleeping bag air out for 24 hours before storing it.

Ready Your RV

Your RV is your home away from home when you're out enjoying the great outdoors. Because of this, an RV needs to be cleaned and prepared just like a regular home if you were leaving it for an extended period. Wash down all surfaces to remove dirt and food residue. Remove any leftover food to prevent attracting pests. Vacuum the carpets inside of your RV. Options for storing your RV include keeping it in your driveway, putting it in an outdoor storage lot, or putting it in an indoor facility. Raise your RV's weight off its tires using a jack or blocks to prevent them from going flat while they sit. If you’re planning on leaving it outside, even if it’s under a carport or semi-sheltered it’s still a good idea to cover the RV with a breathable tarp to avoid mildew and condensation buildup.

Care for Your Camping Stove

Your camping stove should have its propane tank disconnected before you put it into storage. Give it a thorough washing to remove grease and food. Store it inside of its original packaging or inside of a plastic tote on a shelf to protect it from dust and water.

If you start to get the itch for camping, you can keep a backpack loaded and stocked with all the things you need so that the first chance you get, you’ll be able to take it! By planning well, you’ll be able to get back out there as fast as possible.

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