If you love to hunt and camp or spend other time being active outside, you likely have a lot of gear that is needed to have fun doing these activities. But while having this gear can make it easy for you to enjoy these outdoor adventures, finding the space to store all of this stuff at home can be challenging, especially if you’re wanting your home to look and feel well designed and organized.
To help you accomplish both of these goals, here are three tips for storing your hunting and camping gear at home.
Make Sure You Lock Up Your Hunting Gear
One of the most important things to do when figuring out how and where to store your outdoor gear is to ensure that everything is going to be stored safely, especially for things like guns and other items that could be dangerous.
Knowing this, Rachel Brougham, a contributor to the Family Handyman, recommends that you always find a way to keep your hunting gear locked up wherever you choose to store it. If you’re going to be storing it at home, be sure you have a locked gun safe where you can keep your firearms and another locked area where you can separately store your ammunition. And if you’re going to be taking your guns with you on a hunting trip, be sure that they will also be locked and safe when they’re in transit as well.
Dry It Before You Store It
When you spend time outside using your hunting or camping gear, some moisture is bound to accumulate on everything you’ve used, even if it didn’t rain while you were out.
Knowing this, OutdoorsGeek.com reminds adventurers that they should only store their gear at home after it’s completely dry. If you try to store your gear, especially things like tarps, sleeping bags, or other cloth-like materials, before they’re completely dry, they can easily get mildew on them and become unusable for future trips. So while it might be inconvenient to lay everything out as soon as you get home, this will help ensure that your gear maintains its integrity while it’s stored away.
Hunting and camping gear can take up a lot of space, especially if you like to take longer trips that require you to have a lot more gear than just the basics. So when you find a space in your home to store everything, Kelli Hadley, a contributor to REI, advises that you accurately label everything as you store it. Then, if you’re needing only part of your gear or are looking for something specific, you won’t have to pull out and unpack every tote or bin that you’ve stored your gear in.
If your hunting or camping gear is currently stored haphazardly at home, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get things cleaned up and safely organized.