5 Steps To Prep For Camping

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Summer isn’t over yet and we want to make every weekend at the lake count! We are still thinking about reading our favorite novels next to the lake, making s’mores and relaxing by the fire. When summer comes to an end, we stop to think – 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.

Sleeping Bag

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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Utensils Tub

  • Cups/Plates/BowlsCutlery/Pots/Pans
  • 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.

Need to update your emergency kit? We’ve got you covered.

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