Get the most out of your Hiking and Camping Gear

Adventure awaits! Your backpack’s packed, boots are laced, and you are excited to head out into nature. But before you go on to that mountain peak or pitch your tent, you need to check your hiking and camping gear. There is nothing worse than finding out your air mattress is a bust hours from a store, ask me how I know!


Your home away from home deserves TLC. After a trip, air it out completely to prevent mildew, then wipe down the interior with a damp cloth. Inspect seams for tears and reinforce them with seam sealer. Store it loosely in a cool, dry place, not its stuff sack, to prevent fabric stress.

I’ve not had this happen, but it would be tragic if it unexpectedly rained and you’re tent is leaking.

This is a great tent if you are staying in a place for several days – not so great on a backpacking camping trip!

Sleeping Bags:

Give your cozy cocoon some love! Air it out after each use and store it uncompressed. Wash it according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using a gentle detergent specifically designed for outdoor gear.


After every hike, empty all compartments and brush out any dirt or debris. I often pick up other people’s trash on the trail and have my own of course that needs to be cleaned out.

Check straps and buckles for wear and tear, and replace them if needed. Clean the exterior with a mild detergent and water, focusing on sweaty areas like shoulder straps. Store it upright, not hanging, to prevent the frame from warping.


Your shoes deserve the upmost attention! After each hike, remove any caked-on mud and let them air dry completely. Clean them with a brush and appropriate leather or fabric cleaner depending on the material. Stuff them with newspaper to maintain their shape and store them in a cool, dry place.

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Cooking Gear:

Keep your camp kitchen sparkling! Wash pots and pans with warm soapy water after each use. For stubborn grime, you can try baking soda or a non-abrasive scrub. Dry everything thoroughly before storing to prevent rust.

Regular maintenance is so important! Don’t wait for a ripped tent or leaky sleeping bag to learn the hard way and have to leave early because your gear is a hot mess.

You want your check your hiking and camping gear ready to take on the next challenge, making your outdoor adventures smoother, safer, and more enjoyable.

What is your tip to take care of hiking an camping gear?

German by birth, living, hiking, and camping in the US. Addicted to Coffee. Enjoys going to concerts. Also, Artist + Author. I love to encourage you to explore beyond your backyard. 

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