February 4, 2016
Tips for Storing Outdoor Gear
Don’t let your outdoor gear take up your precious space at home, save the space and start storing outdoor gear in a storage unit!Finding space for all of your outdoor gear can be difficult. Plus once you get in the outdoor spirit it is hard to stop at just buying the basics. Before you know it, all of your gear is starting to overtake your house or garage. Have no fear, with the easy access of a storage unit close to home, you can have it all and access i whenever you need!Have a yearly hunting trip that will require access to your gear in the wee hours of the morning? Remember to plan ahead and ask about access hours so you know you can get to your gear! Most facilities can offer you 24 hour access for a small fee. Ask about the possibility of 24 hour access if this does not already apply at your facility.
Some small animals or bugs may use your kayak or canoe for a hiding place. Be sure to check inside before storing it.Always cover your kayak or canoe even if it is stored inside to prevent bugs from getting inside and damaging any foam or rubber materials.If you own an inflatable kayak, keep temperature in mind. Low temperatures can potentially damage the materials that they are made from.If you do not own a rack for your personal boat you should store it against a wall on its side.Depending on how much gear you plan to store, your kayak or canoe would fit nicely in a 5×10 or 10×15 unit.
Lay out all of your gear, organize it by category, and take inventory. This will help to know what you have and how to store it properly.When storing outdoor gear, be sure to clean your items before storing-especially cooking gear to avoid any hungry critters.Make sure tents, sleeping bags etc. are dry to avoid mold and mildew.Label your boxes according to the contents. This will make getting what you need much easier and faster.When packing make sure you don’t over pack an item making it too heavy to lift.Avoid storing propane tanks, lighter fluid and any other flammable materials in your unit.Remove batteries from flashlights, GPS and headlamps to avoid any leakage or corrosion. Store the batteries separately. Follow these tips for storing outdoor gear and you will not only have more space in your home, but your gear will also be safe and secure!