Safely Store Your Camping Gear

How does a summer night sleeping under the stars sound? June is National Camping Month, and if you enjoy getting back to nature this is the time to get out your camping gear and go outside. Whether you prefer to travel in an RV or to get primitive with a simple tent and sleeping bag, it’s important to properly store your equipment after a trip so everything remains in good condition for the next trip. Self-storage is a must for any outdoors enthusiast.

Getting Your Gear In Gear

Camping in a state park or other wooded area helps you commune with nature and appreciate the scenery. Often, we’ll bring some of it home. Dirt, grass, and maybe a few bugs end up stuck to gear and tents. Before you think of putting anything back into your Norfolk self-storage unit, lay out everything for a thorough cleaning.

  • Wipe down all fabrics to clear away dirt and bugs.
  • Machine wash any blankets and sleeping bags where applicable
  • Make sure all fabric is completely dry before you pack them
  • Clean off all tent stakes before storage; keep them together in a bag for easy access
  • Clean your camping grill before storage. Do not leave your portable gas tank or charcoal bricks with the grill before you put it away.
  • Remove all residue from camping utensils and other equipment.
  • Use clean storage bins with sealable lids to keep all the small stuff together. You may be inclined to use the original boxes, but they will wear and tear over time and offer less protection.

Preparing an RV for Storage

Tidewater Drive Storage Center offers units large enough to store RVs and pull-along trailers when they’re not in use. Storing a large vehicle is not to difficult, but before you back your camper into its temporary home keep these tips in mind:

  • Clean and vacuum the interior. As you camp you’re certain to track in mud and dirt. Don’t leave anything behind that might mold and damage your fabrics.
  • Take out everything you might need for later. You’ll experience less hassle and prevent constant trips to your unit.
  • Clean and empty out all appliances. If your trailer has a bathroom, clean it thoroughly. Consider leaving out a few open boxes of baking soda for extra freshness.
  • Wash and wax the exterior where applicable. Check the tires that they are properly aired up.
  • For RVs, fill up the tank before you store. A full gas tank will prevent issues with corrosion, and you won’t have to worry about getting gas when you next drive it out of storage.

Have questions about storing a larger camper? In need of self-storage in Norfolk for the summer. Contact Tidewater Drive Storage Center today for availability and to see if you qualify for our $1 for the first month’s rent discount!