good things sooner or later come to an end, and the same goes for camping.
stow your gear
a whisk broom and/or rags to wipe off gear as you stow it; and, try
to pack your gear as you had it when you came to the campground.
PACKING YOUR TENT
Here are a few things to make a habit of when packing the tents
check the cooler
Dispose of any food wastes, empty out excess water, and replenish the ice, as needed, for the trip home.
dowse the campfire
sure the campfire is out; dowse the area with the excess water from
your cooler or another source.
GATHER ALL TRASH
state it simply,
police the area
A broom and a leaf rake come in handy for grooming the campsite and gathering up the last of any litter.
one more potty break
Before leaving, take advantage of this opportunity to take a final bathroom break and to wash up a bit.
final walk around
One last check, walk around your vehicle and look around the campsite to see if anything was missed.
Until next time . . .
The ride home after a camping trip can be long, particularly when you have a hot shower and cozy bed waiting there for you. But, before relaxing, some final chores need to be done:
First things first, unload your car, truck or camper and separate everything used on the camping trip.
empty the cooler
Remove all food from your cooler and place it in the refrigerator, then rinse the cooler and allow to dry.
store food items
Return all remaining foods to the pantry or cupboard.
wash the dishes
Even if you did it at the campground before leaving, it's still a good sanitary practice to wash them again.
dispose of trash
up and dispose of any remaining trash.
do the laundry
washing, shake out all your camping clothes and bedding,
stow away the gear
out all your gear too. If any gear is wet, lay it out, or set it up
to dry, before packing it for storage.
Mold and mildew can be a problem for camping gear, but with a little prevention it can be avoided.
should be stress free & fun!
matter how tired you are after a long trip, do not stick that
kitchen storage box away in the garage.
After every camp trip, bring the "mess box" into your kitchen at home.
Over the next few days clean every dish, re-stock those goods: paper plates, towels, plastic forks, etc.
the entire kitchen mess box as if it is 'ready to go' again &
then put it away.
refillable 5-10 gallon water containers are available with a faucet
gear storage tips
Before sitting down and reminiscing about the trip, the final chore of storing the camping gear still needs to be done. But first, if you haven't already done so, start a gear check list:
Take inventory of your gear as your store it and note any broken gear that needs repair, missing items that need to be replenished or items that you wish you had.
high and dry
gear high helps keep it away from rodents and insects;
Any moisture in materials can cause damage from expansion when freezing; and some materials, even when dry, may crack in very cold temperatures.
are attracted to the smell of food and can quickly ruin your gear
chewing through it to look for food that is no longer there.
To avoid any possibilities of corrosion, remove the batteries from any gadgets and store them separately.
where to next?
for your next camping destination begin with the check list, and
with adding any new items that may further your enjoyment of the
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