Camping gear can be expensive, and when you invest in new gear, you want to be sure that you look after it. With a little care, you can ensure that your camping tent, backpack, boots and other equipment will stand the test of time. More importantly, you want to be able to rely on your camping gear when you are on your next adventure. Without proper maintenance, your equipment could fail you when you need it most, so it’s important that you look after it well.
Get into the habit of cleaning and caring for your camping equipment after every trip. When you get home, instead of storing your gear in the garage or a closet, be sure to take the time to look after your gear. If there are any repairs required, get them sorted before you store your gear away. With a diligent approach to your equipment maintenance, you can start planning your next trip, knowing that your gear is properly maintained and ready-to-go.
Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you to clean and protect your camping equipment so it’s ready for your next adventure.
Caring For Your Tent
If you store your tent when it is wet or dirty, it won’t be long until it starts to rot and fall apart. When you return from a camping trip, be sure to unroll your tent to let it air out and take the time to look after your tent. Gently hose down the outside flooring to remove any heavy dirt. Use warm soapy water and a sponge to wash away any dirt or debris. After your tent has dried completely, you can pack it away in an oversized sack to allow room for the fabric to breathe.
Looking After Your Backpack
Your backpack is arguably one of the most important pieces of gear you will have with you on any camping trip. Carrying all of your gear without one would be almost impossible and certainly would not be enjoyable. Taking care of your backpack will ensure that it remains robust and that it doesn’t tear or break when you’re on your next adventure.
For nylon packs, brush any dirt off and use a mild detergent to spot-wash where necessary before drying in the sun. Canvas packs can be hosed off with clean water after any dirt has been brushed off. Avoid machine-washing your backpack, and be sure to retreat any leather elements with a waterproofing beeswax seal.
Taking Care Of Your Boots
Carrying a spare pair of boots is generally not an option when you’re camping, so you need to know that the pair you have on will serve you well. The last thing you want is for the seams to start coming apart, the soles to break off, or your boots falling apart when you’re on the trail. Taking proper care of your hiking boots will ensure that they are always ready for the next camping trip.
As there are so many different types of materials, finishes and technologies used in modern boots, it’s wise to check for tags or online to find the specific cleaning instructions for your boots. Using the wrong cleaning products or technique could do more harm than good so be sure to double-check what the best approach is for your boots.
Keep Your Camping Gear Well-Maintained And Ready For Anything
Having the peace of mind that your camping gear is always ready for action, allows you to plan your trips with more confidence. If there is an opportunity for a camping trip at short notice, it’s a good feeling to know that your gear is on standby, ready-to-go. Taking the time to maintain your gear will extend its lifetime, improve its functionality and increase its durability, meaning you are always prepared for the next big camping adventure.