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Camping Equipment: How Do I Maintain My Gear? | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #37

Camping Equipment: How Do I Maintain My Gear? | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #37

Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #37. If you're new here, welcome! As the weather warms up and our desire to be outside becomes irresistible, it's time to dust off your camping gear and get out into the field. Before you hit the trails, it's crucial to ensure that your camping equipment is in top-notch condition. In this edition, we'll dive into the essential tips and tricks for maintaining your gear, so you can make the most of your camping experience.

Gear Maintenance: Why Does It Even Matter?

Imagine this scenario: you're miles away from civilization, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes but suddenly, your tent zipper gets stuck, your flashlight flickers, and your "reliable" hiking shoes start to separate at the threads. These inconveniences can turn an exhilarating trip into a frustrating ordeal. Proper gear maintenance is not just about convenience; it's about safety and longevity. It will also save you a dollar or two in the future.

1. Cleanliness Is Key

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Before and after each camping trip, take the time to clean your gear thoroughly. Dirt, debris, and especially moisture can degrade the performance of your equipment over time. Start by shaking out dirt from your tents, sleeping bags, and clothing. Use a soft brush to gently remove stubborn dirt without damaging the fabric.

For cooking gear like stoves, pots, and utensils, put them in the dish washer for a full cycle. If they aren't dishwasher compatible, be sure to give them a good scrub with mild soap and water. Don't forget to clean your water bottles and hydration bladders to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

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2. Check for Wear and Tear

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Regularly inspect your gear for signs of wear and tear. For tents and tarps, examine the seams and fabric for fraying or punctures. Look for bent or broken poles, as they can compromise the structure of your shelter. Replace damaged stakes and guylines to ensure your tent stays secure against the elements.

Inspect your backpack for loose threads, broken zippers, and worn-out straps. A sturdy backpack is essential for carrying your gear comfortably during hikes. If your backpack has a frame, make sure it's still in good condition and properly aligned.

3. Maintain Your Footwear

Your feet are your most valuable companions on the trails, so taking care of your footwear is a priority. Clean off mud from your hiking boots after each trip. Although most hiking shoes are very tough, be sure to use a soft brush and water to avoid damaging the leather or fabric. Allow your boots to dry naturally, avoiding direct sunlight or heat sources that can cause the material to crack.

Consider waterproofing your boots with a suitable treatment to keep your feet dry during wet conditions. Inspect the soles for signs of wear and replace them if they're worn down. Properly fitted and maintained boots will provide the comfort and support you need on long hikes.

4. Keep Your Sleeping Gear Fresh

A good night's sleep is key to an enjoyable camping experience. Maintain your sleeping bag by storing it uncompressed in a dry, cool place. Avoid leaving it stuffed in its sack for extended periods, as this can damage the insulation.

If your sleeping bag gets dirty, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning. Some sleeping bags are machine-washable, while others require hand washing. Always use a gentle detergent and avoid harsh chemicals that could affect the insulation's performance.

5. Lubricate Moving Parts

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Many camping gear items have moving parts that require lubrication to function smoothly. Zippers on tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks can become sticky if not properly maintained. Use a silicone-based zipper lubricant to keep them working smoothly.

For multi-tools and folding knives, a drop of oil on the pivot points can prevent rust and ensure easy opening and closing. However, be cautious not to over-lubricate, as excess oil can attract dirt and debris.

For all of my "fixed blade freaks" out there, just like myself, you're well aware that there's no moving parts on a fixed blade. What you can do though it put a drop of oil on the blade and clean under and around your knife scales. This will keep your knife in even better condition over time. If you like knives, be sure to check out the 2023 collection here:

6. Test Electronics

If your camping gear includes electronics such as flashlights, headlamps, or GPS devices, test them before each trip. Check for battery life and functionality. It's a good practice to carry spare batteries, especially for longer trips.

When not in use, remove batteries from devices to prevent leakage. Storing batteries separately in a cool, dry place will extend their shelf life.

7. Store Properly

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After each camping trip, take the time to store your gear properly. Clean and dry your gear thoroughly before packing it away. Use breathable storage bags for items like tents and sleeping bags to prevent mold and mildew growth. Hang up your tents to air them out before storage.

Keep your camping gear in a dry, cool place to prevent exposure to moisture and extreme temperatures. If possible, avoid storing gear in attics, basements, or garages where temperatures can fluctuate dramatically.


Camping gear is an investment that enhances your outdoor experiences. By dedicating time to proper maintenance, you ensure that your equipment remains reliable and safe, allowing you to focus on the amazing aspects of nature without unnecessary distractions.

So, as you gear up for your next camping venture, take a moment to show your equipment some love. Clean, inspect, and store with care, and you'll be ready to enjoy your time outside. Stay tuned for more outdoor tips and adventures here at The Shed Knives Blog. Until next time, happy camping!


To explore a wide range of high-quality knives and tools, including the entire 2023 Collection mentioned in this article, visit the Shed Knives website HERE. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next edition of The Shed Knives Blog.



About The Author:

CEO & Founder of Shed Knives, W. Jack Billings

Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.

In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 600,000 people across the world through his work.

When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.

Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.


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