Storing camping equipment in your garage can be difficult, especially if your garage is already cluttered with a bunch of stored items. However, with some clever storage ideas, you can keep all of your camping gear in optimum shape and make it easy to retrieve the next time you want to camp out in the great outdoors.
Overhead Storage Unit
A large overhead storage unit that attaches to the ceiling of your garage is the perfect place to store bulky camping items like tents, air beds and sleeping bags. Most home improvement stores have ready-made units that are easy to assemble at home. Install the unit properly or hire a qualified handyman to hang it accurately to ensure safety. Dry all of your camping gear thoroughly and wrap tightly in large waterproof storage bags before storing in the unit to protect from mould and moisture damage.
Earmark a specific corner of your garage to hold your camping gear. Install a ready-made shelving unit to hold all of the mid-size camping gear such as lanterns, mini-barbecue set, cooking utensils and tents. Clean all of the camping gear items prior to storage and wrap in newspaper to protect from dust and debris. The newspaper will also absorb moisture to keep the items free from mould and water damage.
Large Rubber Storage Bins
Large rubber storage bins are perfect for storing all of the small odds and ends that make your camping trips so successful. Store items like sporting equipment, hats, gloves and blankets in the rubber bins. Everything should be clean or freshly laundered before storage to avoid the growth of mould or mildew.
Hang a large pegboard on one of the walls of your garage to hold the essential tools for your camping trip. Hang flashlights, battery packs, water flasks or tent repair kits from the pegboard so that they will be easy for you to grab as you head out on your next camping trip. A mini-tool and first-aid kit are other items that can be stored on the pegboard.
Some of the hardest camping objects to store are the longest ones, such as bicycles and fishing poles. Measure the item you want to store and hang large brackets on one of your garage walls to accommodate it. Make sure that the brackets you use will hold the amount of weight effectively. When in doubt, ask a home care professional for advice.
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