Planning a camping trip soon? You need to perform an equipment check before heading out. Give yourself at least a week to replace broken, torn or damaged gear. Pull your tent, sleeping bag, blankets, tarp and cooking gear out and set up camp in the backyard. Depending on where you store your gear, especially in garages or attics, there is a high probability that rats and bugs may have infiltrated your equipment. Check tents, sleeping bags and air mattress for holes, leaks and other damage.
For minor holes, you can patch your tent up with a repair kit. If it is still in great shape, reinforce it with a seam sealer if you have not already done so and then spray it down with a waterproof spray.
Propane will store for a very long time, but double-check your camp stove’s fuel tanks for leaks.
Cracked and broken plastic plates, forks and cups will need replaced. To save money, shop Cheaper Than Dirt! For cooking gear that really lasts, invest in metal, such as enameled stainless steel. My coffee percolator and matching cups purchased over 15 years ago are still in excellent condition.
For a detailed review on performing a gear check on your camping equipment, read “Preparing Your Gear for Spring Camping.”
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