Some pieces of outdoor camping equipment can be quite expensive, but they will last you a long time if you look after them properly. Whether you go camping once in blue moon or whether you want to be out in the open every chance you get, you do much better if you have the right camping gear. Why, who wants to wake up in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere because you’ve got water seeping into your tent? For family camping trips, you always want a six berth tent to avoid such situations where cramping can be a problem. Treat your tent as if it was your own flesh and blood and keep it well cared for after buying a good one.
On your return from a camping trip, make sure that you check all your equipment thoroughly before putting it away. You want your outdoor camping equipment to last so get into the habit of maintaining it. Nobody wants to go through setting up a damp tent that is festering with moldy buildup – YUCK! Do not put your tent away if it still has some moisture on it. Let it dry out thoroughly – if you don’t then the fabric will start to smell and rot. Clean the ground sheet and check that the guy ropes are ok and the pegs aren’t broken – replace any that are before you want to use them again.
If you look after your outdoor camping equipment then it will serve you well. Sleeping bags that have been washed need to be aired out afterwards. Be precise and take your time when packing your sleeping bags (it has to be in a dry place, by the way), making sure that the zips are still working.
Sorry if we have to bring this up again, but you should inspect your outdoor camping equipment right after you park the RV in the garage and head back home. Whether you have a portable stove or a grill make sure that they are cleaned and oiled before putting them away. This time, you want to oil and clean your portable cooking equipment, like the stove and BBQ grill, and clean all kitchen utensils and crockery. To make sure your air beds are working in tip-top condition for camping trips to follow, clean them and deflate them until there isn’t a puff of air in them.
Wash and thoroughly clean any clothing you use as part of your outdoor camping equipment, then store afterwards. For those who hike regularly in the wilderness, making sure you have the right pair of hiking boots is very, very important. Always clean them thoroughly after a trip and stuff them with newspaper before you put them away.
The only way to get the best from your outdoor camping equipment is to keep it clean and serviced. Then the next time that you want to take off in the wilds it will be fit for service again.