5 Things To Do After The Trip is Over

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There’s a lot of work that has to be done before you go on a trip. You have to do your research, set out a plan, and make preparations. You also have to make sure that you have all the right gear, and that your gear is in good, working condition. But putting the time and effort into planning for a camping, climbing, or backpacking trip is well worth it, and being adequately prepared can make your outing that much more enjoyable.

The importance of planning and preparing before a trip cannot be emphasized enough, but what you do after your trip is over is very important as well. The trip doesn’t end when you get home. Here are 5 things that you should do after your trip is over to make sure that planning for your next trip goes smoothly.

Take inventory of your gear.

Make sure that you didn’t lose anything while you were out. Things can be misplaced. Maybe you left something in your buddy’s car or at the trailhead. Perhaps you used the last of your water purifying tablets or came to the end of your roll of gauze. Whatever it is, try and track down missing items and make a list of the things that need to be replaced.

Check the condition of your gear.

Maybe you put a hole through your jacket, you bent a tent stake beyond recognition, or maybe your knife blade is now so dull that slicing through butter would be a challenge. Boots can wear out, quickdraws can become unsafe, and seams can lose become less than waterproof. Add items to your list to replace, or make repairs, to anything that isn’t in good enough shape to be used on your next adventure.

Clean your gear.

Remove excess dirt and grime from your hiking boots. Brush your pack clean. Put your dishcloths and clothing in the wash, and clean your tent. Also make sure that all of your gear is thoroughly aired out and dry before storage to prevent mildew. Hanging sleeping bags and pitching your tent outside on a clear sunny day before storage can help prevent odors and mildew, and can help increase the lifespan of your gear.

Put everything back in its home.

If you have a designated spot for all of your gear, make sure that everything finds its way back to where it belongs. If you don’t have a special spot for all of your equipment, you might as well start now. Keeping all of your outdoor equipment neat and tidy will help make sure that you don’t lose anything, and will help you find those items quickly and easily when you’re gearing up for your next trip.

Write out a wishlist.

Take that list of items that need to be replace or repaired and add any equipment that you thought of while you were out on the trail, relaxing at basecamp, trying hard at the crag, or whatever. Maybe there was something that you wished that you had, or you saw someone else with something that you never thought of bringing. There are plenty of items that you don’t realize that you need until you’re in the thick of it.

After your list is complete, stop by the store and let us help you cross some of those items off. We carry a great selection of camping, hiking, and climbing gear, as well as military surplus and general outdoor equipment. We’d love to help you get set up for your next adventure!

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