Tips on How to Store Outdoor Gear

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Are you an outdoor enthusiast and have lots of gear? Don’t let your gear take up your precious space at home. Free up space in your home and store outdoor gear in a storage unit!

Outdoor gear can take up a lot of space. Once you start getting into outdoor hobbies or camping, gear can quickly overtake your free space. Before you know it, your spare bedroom is now a place to store outdoor gear. A storage unit can help you solve this issue! Storing your outdoor equipment in a unit keeps it protected and accessible when you need it again.

Planning a hunting trip that will require access to equipment early in the morning? Remember to plan ahead and ask about access hours! Most facilities can offer you 24 hour access for a small fee, giving you access to your gear whenever you need it. Ask about the possibility of 24 hour access if this does not already apply at your facility.



Thoroughly check inside your kayak or canoe before storing it. Check for things like small animals or debris like leaves.

Even if your kayak or canoe is stored inside, keep it covered. This will help prevent bugs from getting inside and possibly damaging any of the materials.

If you own an inflatable kayak, keep temperature in mind. Low temperatures can potentially damage the materials that they are made from.

Store your kayak or canoe against a wall on its side. This will prevent it from falling over and getting damaged.

A 5×10 or 10×15 unit is the perfect size to store a kayak or canoe, depending on how much additional gear you plan on storing.

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Camping Gear

Collect all of your gear and accessories, lay it all out, and organize it by categories.

Take inventory of all of your gear and make a list.

Clean all equipment before storing it. Make sure to thoroughly clean cooking gear, such as utensils and camping stoves, to avoid bugs.

Completely dry off any fabric gear, such as tents and sleeping bags, to prevent mold and mildew.

When placing equipment in boxes or bins, make sure to label them according to category or contents. This will make retrieving the gear you need easy.

Since some camping and outdoor gear can be heavy, make sure not to over pack any boxes.

Flammable materials, such as propane tanks and lighter fluid, should not be stored in your unit.

Any equipment with batteries, such as flashlights, lanterns, GPS, and headlamps should have the batteries removed and stored separately. This will prevent leakage and corrosion.


Follow these tips to store outdoor gear safely and have it in great condition for when you need it next!


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