9 Things You Must Do After Every Camping Trip

You need a camping check list, but you also need an after camping checklist. It’s important to take care of your camping supplies and outdoor gear, and make sure it’s ready for your next outing. Here are nine things that you should do after every camping trip.

Tick check

Ticks are always out earlier in the season, and later in the season, than you’d expect. Make sure that you check yourself, your family, and your dog after camping trips to help prevent vector-borne illnesses.

Empty and toss

You stuffed your wrappers and trash in whatever pouch, pocket, nook, or cranny was most convenient at the time. Empty all packs, coolers, camping chair cup holders, etc., and throw away any trash.

Air out your tent

This is especially important if your tent gets wet. Storing a wet tent is like putting a giant welcome sign out for mold and mildew.

Set up your tent, sweep it out, and make sure that it is completely dry.

Air out sleeping bags

You want to make sure your sleeping bags are completely dry, but airing out your sleeping bags also helps reduce odors.

Clean camping equipment and outdoor gear

  • Brush dirt away from tents, boots, jackets, etc.
  • Wash utensils, pots, and dishes.
  • Wash laundry. Consider washing your technical outdoor apparel with Nikwax Tech Wash.
  • Empty and wash your water bottles and water reservoir.

Dry out all equipment before storing.

Inspect camping equipment and outdoor gear

Go ahead and do this while you’re cleaning all of your gear. Check your equipment for wear and tear, and make note of anything that needs to be mended, repaired, or replaced.

Make repairs

It’s best to make outdoor gear repairs right after camping trips. The need for a repair is still fresh in your mind, and you’re at home. You don’t want to remember that the rain fly for your tent is leaking only after you’ve pitched it in a rain storm.

Store your gear

Store your gear properly so it’s ready for your next trip.

  • Keep sleeping bags unstuffed.
  • Self-inflating sleeping pads should be stored unrolled under a bed or couch.
  • Store all camping equipment and outdoor gear in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

Make a list of the things you need

Keep a running list of the things you need as you’re emptying, cleaning, inspecting, and storing your gear.

Maybe you need new fuel canisters, you need to buy some seem tape to re-waterproof your rain fly, or maybe it’s time for a new pair of boots.

We have everything you need whether you’re looking for new gear or you just need to make some minor gear repairs. Visit Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters for outdoor gear, outdoor apparel, camping supplies, gear repair supplies, and more.

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