Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning those weekend camping trips. Thinking about reading a favorite novel next to the lake, making s’mores and relaxing by the fire can get anyone excited. Then the moment comes – where is the camping equipment? Did we ever wash the sleeping bags after being caught in the rain?
Now is the time to prep your camping gear for any and all adventures awaiting you. Apply the 5 tips below to have a memorable experience in the great outdoors.
Unroll your sleeping bag and lay it out to breathe. Doing this allows the bag to replenish the insulating properties and loft. Check for rips, tears and holes in the bag. Also examine the zipper to be sure it still functions properly. If after a few days your sleeping bag still has a moldy smell, it is time for a wash. Wash your bag on the gentle cycle using mild detergent. Simply lay your bag out to dry.
If your sleeping bag has seen better days, it might be time to update.
Set up your tent and look for signs of wear and tear. If you don’t have time to set up your tent, you can check to be sure you have all the tent poles. Are the poles bent or split? Double check that you have tent stakes just in case things get windy. Is your rain fly packed and ready? If your rain fly or tent walls look droopy and saturated, we would recommend waterproofing them.
Tent not airing out or holding up? Start fresh!
You finally have the campground set up and there is no where to sit. A common mistake is forgetting to pack chairs. Pull the chairs out of the packing bags to look for tears and broken legs. Be sure your chairs can still fold properly.
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- Can Opener/Marshmallow Roasters/Snacks/Canned Foods
- Aluminum Foil/Garbage Bags/Dish Towels
Do you have items to handle clean-up? Go through your “utensils tub” and pack anything your family might want or need. Take out anything that needs to be washed. Another major focus is fresh drinking water. Does your destination provide clean water or will you be required to pack water?
Need to create a utensils tub? Get started!
First Aid & Emergency Kit
Take out your First Aid kit and make sure all elements are replenished and ready to go. This could be a valuable asset if someone should suffer a cut, bee sting, burn or insect bite. Be sure to include any medical remedies anyone in your family may need. Also include a map of the area and compass.
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