Camping—for city folks? We’re here to give a resounding YES, PLEASE. When the city starts feeling too stuffy, there is nothing better than getting out into nature and camping. Don’t let the constraints of apartment life keep you from living your best camping life! We’ll explain how you can store your camping gear, including must-have items like tents, camping chairs, portable grills, and more, in your apartment so you’re ready to take off whenever the urge to flee the city strikes!

Clean your equipment

The first step to storing camping equipment is making sure that it is clean before storage – especially your tent. There is nothing worse than opening your tent and getting it set up just to realize that there is dirt, grime, and a musty smell from the last time that you went camping. Do yourself a favor: Always shake out and wipe down your tent prior to storage.

Organize the gear

A little organization goes a long way, especially when you’re trying to store a lot in small space. Organize supplies with like items, all cooking supplies and tools should go together, as should items for hiking, lighting, shelter, and other categories. In addition to saving room, organizing can help you take stock of and care for your gear which can prolong the life of your items and prevent duplicate purchases.

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Use storage totes

Let’s face it, when you live in New York City, you don’t have a lot of space and the last thing you want to do is see your camping gear when you aren’t camping. Get creative! Storage bins filled with camping equipment can be covered and used as an end table.

Think vertical

Use the vertical space on your walls and in your closets. Hang up packs or placing sleeping pads on wall hooks inside a closet is a great way to make use of your space.

Display gear like art. It’s not uncommon to see bikes hung on the wall in NYC! Whether you bike, paddle board, ski, or surf, consider displaying (and storing) your hobby on unused wall space.

Get creative with dead space

Got room beneath the bed, under the couch, or in the corner of the room? Notice where there is dead space in your apartment and utilize it to store your gear! A tent can easily slip under a couch or bed and so can many other camping items.

Use gear to store gear

Using gear to store gear is a great way to consolidate your items, ultimately saving your space. For example, utensils can be stored in pots and pans, neatly folded tarps can be stored with other sleeping gear, camping coolers can be used to store toiletries and other supplies

Store gear by activity

Keep sleeping gear with sleeping gear, activity gear with activity gear and so on. Don’t store your bike helmet away from your bike with your kitchen items. Keeping categories together will avoid confusion and keep everything running smoothly when you’re ready to take off!

With your camping gear stored in your NYC apartment, you’ll be ready to embrace the call of the wild anytime. But if you’re still struggling to find space for your gear, consider renting a self-storage unit from Gotham Mini Storage the leading Manhattan mini storage provider to store your camping supplies with. Our units are affordable, climate-controlled, and can help you enjoy more space in your apartment.