Storing Camping Gear in Garage (A Practical Guide)

Camping is fantastic for families, but what do you do with all of your equipment when you’re not using it? Camping equipment storage may appear difficult, but it is easily achievable.

The good thing is that if you do it correctly, your equipment will remain in good condition, allowing you to get the most use out of it for a number of years. You’ll also eliminate the revolting odor that can sometimes be found in camping gear that has been improperly stored.

This is why you should take the time to properly store your camping gear.

We’ll admit it’s not the most thrilling job in the world, but it’s well worth the time or effort.

How to Store Camping Equipment in the Garage

To help, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations.

Store in a Cool, Dry Location

When we go camping, we need a car to get there and back. We load the gear into our car, van, or pickup truck and off we go. So, to save time and energy, storing your gear in the garage is the best option.

Another reason to keep your camping gear in the garage is the size of the equipment and the amount of space required to store it. 

So, garages are the best option because they are cool, dry, and away from direct sunlight. When you’re finished, you can be confident that your camping gear will be in excellent condition and ready for your next trip.

Now that we’ve found a location for our equipment, we must prepare it for storage.

Sort Your Camping Gear Into Categories

Categorizing your gear simply refers to trying to keep similar items together. 

Don’t get too detailed when categorizing or sorting your gear; instead, stick to broader categories. For the most part, the following are used:

Cooking

Bedding

Tents

These categories essentially may not cover everything, but it doesn’t have to be perfect either.

In general, just group items together so they can be stored in the same location. This keeps the equipment organized and easy to find.

First, Thoroughly Clean Everything

The first task on your to-do list should be to keep your equipment clean. Before you begin, read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to wash and dry the equipment.

If you don’t do this, you might end up damaging your equipment.

 Washing your sleeping bag and tent should be a simple task that you can complete by hand. Most sleeping bags, however, can be washed in a washing machine if you want to make the process easier.

Once you’re finished, you’ll need to dry them out, which can take some time, but it’s critical to ensure they’re completely dry before storing them.

If your tent is relatively clean, it might just only need to be vacuumed.

Then there are your cooking accessories. We’ve all left pots and pans out for a bit longer than we need to and as you know, the longer they’re left out, the more difficult they are to clean.

That’s why it’s best to look after them while you’re still at the campsite. When you get home, you can give them a quick clean.

Make Certain Everything Is Dry

We’ve already mentioned drying out your tent and sleeping bag, but we can’t stress how important this is. If you don’t, you’ll be greeted by a horrible damp smell that you don’t want wafting around for the entire trip. 

Even worse, there will almost undoubtedly be mold and mildew present, which can ruin sleeping bags and tents.

But, before storing your tent and sleeping bags, roll them out in a dry area of your home, garage, or garden and allow them to dry completely.

When they’re done, roll them back up and store them. Just be careful when drying sleeping bags outside because too much direct sunlight can damage the fabric.

Make Use of Storage Options

Don’t get too concerned; you’re almost there! It’s time to put away your camping gear. However, before cramming everything into the smallest possible space, think about employing some sort of storage.

This can help you stay organized, which may not seem important right now, but it will come in handy when you’re planning your next camping trip.

The use of storage containers helps to reduce the amount of space required to store your equipment. Not everything will fit into storage containers, which is fine; simply pack the items that will fit well into storage containers.

Storage containers are particularly handy here, as you can easily group things together. For example, one box could be for cooking tools and another one for small accessories such as lamps and portable chargers. 

Furthermore, having good containers comes in very handy as additional seats or small tables while camping.

A storage bag is preferable for other items such as pillows and sleeping bags because it allows everything to breathe and keeps them fresh. Storage containers are quite stackable, easy to transport and carry, and extremely durable.  

Creating Some Extra Space

Surprisingly, you may be able to save substantial ample space by simply reorganizing your current storage. 

Evaluate your current storage areas to see if there is anything you can do to make the space more efficient.

Additional Garage Shelving

If you still need more space, consider installing extra shelving in the garage. You can either build your own shelves or buy some. 

Shelving units are robust and provide a lot of storage space that you can put to use for more than just your camping goods.