• Tips for Storing your Summer Gear

    As the season draws to a close, it’s time to find a place for all your summer gear. Fun in the sun requires quite a bit of equipment and if you’re like most of us, when the summer ends you may not be quite sure how and where to stow it all. Sports equipment, camping gear, and water toys seem to multiply in the summer, but they can all be safely stored in your garage.

    Of course, the question is not just where to put it all, but also how to keep it safe for next year. Nothing ruins a summer outing faster than finding out your gear has degraded while it was stored. Follow a few best practices for storing summer things, and it will all be fresh and ready the next time you take it out.

    • When packing away beach or pool equipment, make sure it’s clean and dry. Knock off any loose sand, hose off whatever you can’t get off otherwise, and allow everything to dry completely before you store it. You can pack your water toys and gear into closets, cupboards, bins, or anywhere else you find convenient, but it’s a good idea to pack some DampRid in with these items, to ensure there’s no mold or mildew when you take them out next year.

    • Hang your canoes, surfboards, and bikes from the ceiling or on wall racks. Making the most of vertical space is a great idea when you’re looking for somewhere to store these bulky items. Before you put them away for the season, make sure to give them a good cleaning and oil anything that has wheels or moving parts. It’s also smart to use the appropriate protectant on metal, rubber and plastic items before you store.

    • Clean your camping gear thoroughly before putting it away.

      • Set up the tent in the garage and vacuum it. Then wipe it down with soap and water and allow it to dry completely

      • Clean your sleeping bag and hang it to let it air out between uses. It’s better to store sleeping bags hanging in a closet than rolled and stuffed into a plastic or nylon bag.

      • Vacuum and wipe backpacks. You don’t want to leave any crumbs or debris in your bags that might attract unwanted attention from bugs or rodents.

      • Remove batteries from flashlights and other electronic gear before storing. At best, storing things with the batteries still inside will deplete the batteries. At worst, it can become a fire hazard.

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