How to Store Your Camping Gear at Home

If you're a gear nut and have camping gear scattered throughout your entire home, you'll love our step-by-step process to organizing your camping gear at home.

For many people, there’s not going to be enough camping gear to warrant reading a post of this nature. However, for the select few of you camping and outdoor gear enthusiasts who seemingly have gear around every corner you turn in your home, you may need some advice when it comes to storing it all.

Here’s the good news, we’re here to deliver such advice. Not saying we’re the be-all-end-all, but we feel pretty confident that you’ll get something out of this post detailing how to store camping gear at home. But, let’s face it, this isn’t going to be a five-minute process that you can just breeze through.

If you have an abundance of gear (both old and new), this journey might end up taking an entire day. We feel the best way to go about it is to follow a fleshed-out system:

  1. Sort through all your gear and place it on the floor
  2. Choosing the right place to store everything
  3. Figure out which storage tools you want to use

Though we’ll get into more detail as we go, the system consists of sorting through all your gear, finding the right place to store everything, and figuring out which storage and organizational tools you want to use.

That’s really just the foundation of the system, as answering how to store camping gear at home requires us to break down this system piece-by-piece.

Step #1: Sort through all your gear and place it on the floor

gear scattered all over the floor
Image credits: Muhammad Masood

As annoying as this might sound, it’s the best way to ensure you have everything accounted for regarding storage. So, take all your camping gear out and begin to sort through it. How should you go about this, you may ask? Keep the following things in mind when doing so:

Purge your stash

Are you a hoarder? It’s okay if you are, but if you are there’s a good chance that you could probably get rid of some of your old camping gear.

While you’re going through it, make a separate pile of the items you haven’t used or camped with in years. In that pile, decide if you truly still need the items or if you’d be fine to either sell them or simply throw them away.

You have many avenues if you wish to sell some of your items from a garage sale to listing them on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Then again, some items may be too used and abused to warrant being sold. The trash can could be the answer for them.

Find the items you use the most

While you’re sorting through the gear, find the items that you use the most frequently. Whether that be your heavy-duty camping chairs or even your compression sacks, keep these items separate.

The reason you’re going to want to do this is so that you can store these items in a manner that makes them easiest to grab and pack. No need to wade through the rest of your gear looking for the items that you pack most frequently.

Sort your gear by activity

Obviously, this comes down to the type of gear you have and if it can be separated into different activities. After all, the term camping gear can be pretty vague. Separating your kayaking gear from your climbing gear from your swimming gear can keep things more organized and precise.

Step #2: Choosing the right place to store everything

boxes stacked up in a small apartment
Image credits: Brett Jordan

How to store camping gear at home has to also be assessed regarding where you want to store everything. Now, some people have the advantage here due to having more space to work with. Some of you may have extreme limitations when it comes to this area and simply don’t have a lot of room for storage.

A common location that works for a lot of people is either a garage or storage shed. However, if you live in an apartment or don’t have much of a yard, this option might not be feasible. If you have an optimal attic or basement space for your gear, this can also be an option. Yet, keep in mind that some gear will need to be stored in climate-controlled locations.

Of course, you can also just find various closets in your house or apartment (if you have any) to use. Depending on how much gear you have, you may have to utilize a few different closets. And if you really don’t have any of this type of additional cargo space, you might have to just store everything in a main room.

Seeing how your choices for how you store all your gear are fairly numerous, even just storing the gear in your bedroom or spare room can work just fine.

Step 3: Figure out which storage tools you want to use

When it comes down to it, there are several different organizational items that you can buy to keep your gear tidy and organized. How to store camping gear in your home is capped off by this step, so let’s take a look at some of the most common storage items out there.

Command hooks

It’s worth pointing out that Command hooks won’t be able to hold an excessive amount of weight. They’re better for smaller items but they can be really nice for items that you use quite often.

Camping gear such as hats, trekking poles, and lighter items of this nature can be great for hanging up on the wall.

Shelving systems

While you can search the market to buy dedicated shelving systems, you can also make them yourself. Possessing the right power tools and know-how will go a long way in making your own shelving unit, but it can do wonders when figuring out how to store camping gear.

As long as you can find some wall studs to secure the shelves into, you’re not limited on where you install them. From your garage to your basement to your bedroom, there’s a lot of versatility when it comes to shelves. Given that they can also hold a substantial amount of weight, you can place a lot of bins and storage boxes on top of them.

Hanging racks

Also often referred to as clothing racks, you may be wondering how hanging racks can help you with your camping gear storage issues.

While they certainly make for excellent tools for a garage sale, hanging racks can also make for camping gear storage for your camping clothes, if nothing else.

Some may also be a good spot to hold bins and totes. Additionally, some will come equipped with caster wheels meaning that they’ll be incredibly portable. This could come in handy if you ever wanted to move the racks to a different location.

Bins and totes

This one is kind of obvious and is definitely one of the best methods of camping gear storage. Using bins and totes can keep your gear organized, but you also have to organize it correctly. What this means is if you just toss random items into random totes, it isn’t going to do much good for you.

Instead, it’s a much better idea to label each tote or bin so you know exactly what’s inside. Even better is you can invest in clear bins to be able to see what’s inside from outside. Of course, simply labeling the bins by activity (or really whatever you want to know which is which) can also do the trick just fine.

Using gear to store gear

Alright, so this is technically not a storage tool as much as a storage trick. To ensure you maximize all the space you can in your bins or on your shelves, it’s smart to store your gear inside of your gear whenever possible and feasible.

Clearly, this won’t always be possible but storing smaller gear inside of gear with hollow openings that are all involved with the same activity or whatever can end up saving space.

It may not save a ton of space but the small space you save will start to add up in the blink of an eye.

Final thoughts

As we mentioned at the beginning, how to store camping gear at home isn’t going to be a big deal if all you have are a few pieces of gear to account for. Yet, with a ton of gear for numerous activities, it can easily get hectic to keep track of everything if you don’t have a good system in place.

The above system, we hope, should work for many. Important things to keep in mind are it’s never a bad thing to get rid of some gear that you don’t use anymore, keep the gear you use frequently within easy access, find a location that works for you to store everything, and find the storage tools that work best for your needs.

Oh, and it’s also a good idea to store your items when they’re washed and fully dried. One such item is your sleeping bag, and do you know how to wash one? Click that link to figure out how!

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Tyler Jones

Tyler is much like a swiss knife. Even though he has a degree in Computer Science, he knows almost everything there is to know about camping. He has been writing for HeadlessNomad since 2021 and has contributed with over 100 articles. If you have an outdoor-related question, then Tyler much likely knows the answer.