How To Best Maintain Your Camping Gear

How To Best Maintain Your Camping Gear

Camping is one of the most enjoyable pastimes for lovers of the outdoors and adventure alike. One of the most important aspects of camping is your gear and the supplies that you bring with you. You will find that there are many pieces of equipment which are made for campers, and many of them will have to be relied on for your safety.

When your safety is reliant on the items you bring with you, it is crucial to ensure that you ensure they are in the best shape possible. You would not want to put your health at risk due to items which have avoidable issues when it comes to reliability.

We will be taking a look at the ways that you can ensure that your camping equipment is properly maintained. There are so many pieces of gear that will need to be maintained in different ways, so we will have to split this guide up into sections which cover each category and type of equipment.

Backpacking Gear Organization

Your gear should not only be well arranged and stored when you are going out into the wilderness. When you get back from a camping trip or a backpacking excursion, you will also have to keep your gear organized. This is the best way to ensure that you don’t end up missing something next time you venture out.

Preparing for Camping before going out

Organizing your gear at home is also an excellent way to make sure that it does not end up getting dirty. Keeping your equipment stored in labeled boxes or any other form of container will reduce dust buildup and ensure that your gear is situated in one convenient area.

The best places for backpacking storage are usually drier and cooler places, which reduces the risk of mold and mildew buildup over time. Try to keep your things stored in the basement or a shed, if possible. Barring these, you are better off putting your gear away in a shelf which is far enough away from a window.

Sleeping Pad

Maintaining a sleeping pad is rather simple when compared to the maintenance procedures for other pieces of backpacking equipment.

Woman rolling up a sleeping pad.

After every camping trip, you will have to make sure to thoroughly clean off your sleeping pad of any dirt, mud, or anything else which is making it dirty.

Once you have finished washing your sleeping pad off, you will have to air dry it, which ensures that none of the fibers will be damaged. When you are done drying your sleeping pad, store it away with the rest of your camping equipment, but ensure that it is thoroughly dry before doing so as it may grow mold otherwise.

Portable Camping Chair

You will also have to make sure that your camping chairs are maintained properly. To make sure that your camping chairs will keep working properly, you will have to do a few things. Like with any other piece of backpacking gear, you will have to ensure that it is clean before storing it.

A camping chair will usually feature moving parts. On some chairs, these parts can end up dry and creaky if they are not adequately oiled after being used. You can use most lubricants to ensure that your camping chairs operate smoothly, but you should first ensure that the one you use will not damage your seat.

Pocket Blanket And Pocket Tarp

The next item on the list is a pocket blanket. These will have to be cleaned much in the same way as sleeping pads, but these can sometimes be washed in the washing machine and the tumble dryer. If there is an excessive amount of dirt on your tarp or blanket, you may have to wash it off by hand first. Be sure to check the label to see if your pocket blanket is washable in a washing machine. 

Washing machine textile label.

Once you have washed and dried your blanket or tarp, you should check it for any rips or tears. If there is an issue with the integrity of the blanket, you will have to either sew the ripped edges back together or cover up the rip with a durable patch.

How To Clean Backpacks

Having a clean bag is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your camping gear is clean and hygienic. Since your backpack will contain your other camping equipment, an unclean backpack can end up contaminating the rest of your things.

While an unclean backpack will not usually result in anything worse than your equipment smelling bad, there are situations in which it can end up developing mold.

The first thing you will want to do when cleaning your backpack is to thoroughly check all of the pockets and ensure that there is nothing still in your bag before cleaning it. While doing this, it helps to clear the seams of your bag of any dirt or debris which may be trapped inside of it.

Brushing a Back Pack

Depending on whether or not the interior or the exterior of your bag is dirtier, you can either turn your bag inside out or wash it as is. Wash your camping backpack in your washing machine using cold water once you are ready. After the bag has been washed, you can either hang dry it or tumble dry it.

If you would rather hand wash your backpack, you will find that it is even more straightforward. All you will have to do is hand wash it like you would any other fabric product. While a backpack may be a little more complicated to hand wash than clothes, you will find that it is still fairly straightforward.

Having a clean, well-organized backpack is an excellent way to make sure that your camping trip goes as smoothly as possible.


To conclude, it is easier than it seems to keep your camping equipment well maintained, it mostly just consists of making sure that everything is clean after your trips. We hope that we have been able to help you out, happy camping!