Best Way To Store A Tent

Camping tent in the woods with camping chairs and firepit.

When falling asleep beneath the night sky, you want to know that your tent will keep you warm and dry. For your tent to take care of you, you first need to take care of your tent. No matter how new your tent is, storing it correctly will ensure it remains in quality condition. Let’s take a look at the best practices for how to store a tent to maintain the materials and its structural integrity.

Storing your tent somewhere accessible, clean, and dry are all important factors, but there is so much more to camping tent storage. The storage process involves how you pack the tent away, where it’s stored, and for how long. This blog will take you through each step.

Clean & Dry

The first and often most ignored step begins even before you pack your tent away for the colder months. After packing up your belongings at a campsite, it’s unlikely that you’ll have the energy or patience to begin washing down your tent. Furthermore, allowing a tent to dry takes time, which could be in short supply if you’re planning a homeward journey. 

Re-erect your tent at home and give it a thorough clean of mud, grass and dust before leaving ample time for all moisture to evaporate. Only clean your tent with water as to avoid damage caused by harsher chemicals. Moisture left within a packed tent could develop into mould which damages the fibre of the tent’s material. This is also a prime opportunity to make any necessary repairs to poles or fabric.


Regular Use

One of the best tips we can offer about how to store a tent is to regularly get your tent out of storage. Whether you pitch it or simply air out the materials, you’ll thank yourself later. You can also familiarise yourself with the design, helping to remember how to put up your tent and saving you time on your next trip. Our flexible household storage terms mean that you can visit your storage unit as much as you need, allowing regular use of your stored camping equipment.

A grey and yellow tent pitched on a sandy base in a park setting.

Packing Up

Like all camping equipment, tents usually come packed in tiny bags. Wrestling tents into submission can be difficult and time-consuming, not to mention bad for the tent’s materials.  Small storage bags are ideal for hiking or travel when space is a commodity. Fabrics need to relax, not be stretched in small, stiff tent bags. 

More and more tents, particularly high spec tents, come with larger aerated storage bags for long periods without use to allow more airflow and to maintain the tent’s condition. If without one, using a larger sleeping bag cover or even a pillow case can be great to allow fabrics to rest. Storing poles and fabrics separately and not pressed up against one another can reduce the risk of damage even further.


View out of an orange tent door into the forest


Storage Location

Sheds, lofts, attics, and basements are all popular locations for tent storage ideas. These places tend to have some or all of the ideal conditions for storing camping equipment, including:

  • No moisture
  • No UV light
  • Plenty of space

While good in theory, many of these spaces can become damp or full of other items from around the home. If you’re out of space or need a better storage environment, consider Easistore storage. Select the exact right storage size with our size estimator when you get a quote today.

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