Aurora Storage:Tips To Clean And Store Outdoor Gear

If you are an outdoor person and enjoy hiking, camping, hunting or canoeing then you are likely to have lots of gear. There are different gears to go with each outdoor activity you pick up. It all adds up fast and before you know it, outdoor gear can end up taking up a lot of your precious space at home. You can free up space in your home by storing outdoor gear in a storage unit! A storage unit close to your home provides the best solution for safe storage of your gear when you are not using it. Most facilities also offer ease of access anytime of the day or night, so that you can get your gear out quickly, if needed! Do enquire about 24 hour access when looking to rent a self storage unit.

Outdoor activities can not only be rough on your body but also on the backpacking kit, sleeping bag, boots and the rest of your camping gear too. You need to clean your dirty gear before putting them in storage. Follow these simple cleaning and storage tips to keep your gear in top condition.

Camping Gear

First get all of your camping gear in order and organize it by use or category. Make an inventory list of all of your gear. It is essential to clean all equipment thoroughly before storing to prevent any damage. Completely dry off any fabric gear, such as backpack, tents and sleeping bags, to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

White gas stove

You must disassemble and use a rag dipped in fuel to wipe down all parts to avoid bugs. Go over the gaskets and O-rings for signs of damage, and then use mineral oil to lube them. Remove any gunk in the shaker jet and needle by soaking it in gas.

Water filter

Draw up a warm water bath diluted with bleach (about 1 Tbs. per gallon) or chlorine dioxide tablets in order to soak the water filter and hoses. Use a soft brush or sponge to clean out the ceramic filters. Put away in your freezer to avoid any mold growth.

Hydration bladder

Scrub well with soap water before soaking in a diluted bleach solution and rinsing clean. You can use an old toothbrush to clean screw caps or zip-top closures. Hang the hydration bladder upside down to drain any water. Ensure it is thoroughly dry before you store it in a fridge.


Wash only with warm water to remove accumulated dirt. Avoid the use of soap, which can block any breathable membranes. Depending on the material of your boots, seal the exterior with the correct waterproof treatment. Pay special attention to the seams.


Use plenty of warm, soapy water to dunk your backpack in. Rinse if off with a hose and hang to dry. Go over the straps to check for tears and scratches. Clean the zippers with a toothbrush, and use silicone grease to lube them well.

Sleeping bag

Throw your sleeping bag in the washer with only a gentle detergent. Dry it off in a front-loader, and use tennis balls to stop the insulation from bundling up. Hang it up in a closet or pack it away in a large, mesh bag.

Sleeping pad Use a sponge and warm, soapy water to clean the sleeping pad before hanging it out to dry completely. You can prevent cracks or creases from showing up by storing it flat or slackly folded with the valve open.


Inspect the inside of your kayak or canoe before storing it. Go over it for things like leaves, small animals or loose debris. Even if you are storing your kayak or canoe indoors, you need to keep it covered to stop bugs from getting in and doing damage to the material.

If you have an inflatable kayak, you need to keep in mind that low temperatures can potentially spoil the material.

If there is no rack to keep your kayak or canoe, do ensure that you store it against a wall on its side to avert any fall. If someone knocks it over, chances are it will get damaged. You can prevent costly accidents by planning to store your boat, your kayak or canoe safely in a 5×10 or 10×15 storage unit.

Keep your outdoor gear in a cool and dry place like a closet or storage unit, preferably in boxes or bins. Use stackable opaque plastic bins to protect against UV light, which wears away urethane coatings.  This will also protect your outdoor gear from water damage, and dust.

Be sure to label all boxes according to the contents inside. When it comes to retrieving equipment from the boxes, the labels will be of immense help and make your job much easier.

Not all camping gear is light-weight, so do not over pack any boxes as you will find it difficult to move.

Never store any flammable materials, such as propane tanks and lighter fluid, in your unit. Also make sure you remove batteries from equipment, such as flashlights, lanterns, GPS, and headlamps, to prevent damage.  The batteries must be stored separately to prevent leakage and corrosion.

For all your moving and storage needs, contact the Neighborhood Self Storage team at (303) 647-5374. We have boxes and racks available to store all your outdoor gear in our Aurora self storage units.

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