Prevent Mold in Camping Equipment

Prevent Mold in Camping EquipmentThe last thing any camper wants is to open up their camping gear to find or smell mold. If you're already out in the woods when you find it, you'll spend the rest of the trip sleeping with the horrible smell encompassing you. Proper maintenance and storage of your equipment will keep mold from ever appearing. After all, you probably spent a pretty penny on your equipment, why ruin it by not taking care of it? By spending a little bit of time with your equipment after the camping trip, you'll not have the problem of mold invading it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic storage box
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Cloth
Step 1
Allow your equipment to completely dry before packing up and going home, if possible. If you've been camping in the rain and your gear has gotten wet, spend a few extra minutes drying it off before placing it back in its storage bag. Of course if it's still raining, this won't be possible, so it will have to make the journey back home, wet.
Step 2
Wipe off the bottom portion of your tent that has been placed on the ground. Heat from your body will create moisture, even if the weather remained dry. Fold half the bottom portion over toward the upper portion of the tent, and wipe off any wet dirt or moisture. Repeat for the other bottom side of the tent. Even if you experienced no rain, the moisture attached to the bottom can cause mold, if it is not properly dried off before storing.
Step 3
Remove your tent from its storage container and set it back up in your yard, once you've returned home. Allow it to completely dry, before repacking. This is also a good time to reapply seam sealer and respray the tent with waterproofing spray.
Step 4
Store your tent and other camping equipment, in a plastic, watertight container. You can find them in all sizes relatively cheaply. They'll keep your equipment dry, mold-free, safe and you'll know where everything is the next time you want to use it.
Step 5
Wash your equipment with a mild solution of bleach, if mold has formed. It will kill the mold and prevent any new mold from forming. You may end up with a slight mold stain on your equipment, but it won't hurt the functionality of it. Allow your equipment to fully dry, before placing it back in its storage container.

Tips & Warnings

Never store wet camping equipment. An ounce of preventative maintenance, will have your camping equipment functioning for years to come.
Never store wet camping equipment.
An ounce of preventative maintenance, will have your camping equipment functioning for years to come.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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