Top Camping Storage Ideas for Families

Top Camping Storage Ideas for Families

We can’t think of anything more relaxing than sitting around a fire and camping out underneath the stars. As relaxing as it is, there’s still a hassle when it comes to digging everything out and setting up camp.

Even after everything has been set up, a few days later and you’re still digging through your camping treasures for your compass. Not only is hunting for your belongings an ongoing struggle, but it takes a long time to prep and do simple tasks because of this.

That’s where we come in. Over the years, we’ve learned a few tricks and ideas by making mistakes of our own and reinventing how to make our camping experience easier. If you might have similar problems during your camping trips, consider some of these top storage ideas that will make your camping trip even easier.

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It’s Important to Be Organised But Lightweight

Cramming all your camping gear inside your vehicle can be a lot like playing Tetris. There’s a strategy to it. It’s important to keep everything organised, but still, be able to fit everything that’s necessary too. The same goes for your hiking bag. Keep it organised, but don’t make it too heavy. You don’t want a sore back on your first day of hiking.

Colour Code Your Bags

Come up with a plan ahead of time to put certain coloured dots on each bag. Each colour representing what camping treasure is in the bag. One-colour for kitchen supplies, a different colour for hiking gear, another for food and so forth.

Unless you have Superman vision, you might forget what you have tucked away in each bag and have to dig through every single one. If your children are coming along, make sure that their packs are different colours so anyone can easily tell them apart.

Camping Storage Boxes Australia

Another useful tip is to use clear storage camping bins to hold your camping gear in. Not only is it kept in a tightly sealed container, but you can easily see what’s inside.

If you have a lot of knick-knacks and small items, there are also storage cabinets with smaller compartments. Camping storage boxes will be a huge time-saver and make camping even easier.

Collapsible storage bins are super helpful, they can double as any kind or storage container and be easily packed away when they’re not being used.


Isolate Your Smells

Don’t make the mistake of putting your perfumes, colognes, or whatever smelly things you might have in with other items. You might not like your toothbrush smelling and tasting like you’ve eaten hairspray. You also don’t want to attract any possums, mice, or any other unwanted guests.

If you’re out adventuring and come home with smelly shoes, you will find these shoe boxes super helpful too.

Camping Clothes Storage

You need all the space you can get when you’re camping and clothes annoyingly take up more space than you’d really like. The Yeti LoadOut GoBox is awesome for keeping your camping clothes dry, dust free and in a durable storage unit. They are stackable and perfect if you are moving your camping gear in and out of our van or camping trailer regularly.

Getting yourself some foldable storage boxes for your clothes (or any other things for that matter) can also be great. Use them when you need them and tuck them away in a small spot when you don’t.

Alternatively, if you have the space get yourself a camping cupboard for your clothes.

Our space saving tip when it comes to clothes, is rolling! It’s actually easier to track down your clothing instead of digging through clothing all stacked on top of each other.

String Up a Clothesline

Whether you got sweaty from a hiking trip or bike ride or maybe got a little wet from kayaking, your clothes need to dry out. Consider hanging a clothesline out to allow them to air-dry, instead of throwing them in a bag all damp.

Better still, get yourself a pegless clothesline, saves on carrying (losing and breaking) pegs and also really effective.

Camping Food Containers Storage

The best, most practical and easy to use camping food containers that we’ve used for years are Sistema Klip It. These versatile food storage option come in a variety of sizes, stack well in the fridge and in storage boxes, seal well and are easy to use.

Silicone Food Storage Bags

Eco friendly, space saving and really helpful are silicone food storage bags. You can use them for anything really, but they are leak proof, heat resistant, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, so a fantastic camping food storage option.

Keep Your “Camp Kitchen” Organised with a Hanging Shoe Rack

Most campers would agree with us, preparing and finding kitchen items while camping is a long drawn out process and where you spend most of your time digging through your gear. Not anymore.

Re-purpose a hanging shoe rack by hanging it on the clothesline we mentioned earlier. Now you can put your spices, utensils, cooking tools, and any other kitchen misc. items you can put in it.

Place Cookware in Resealable Bags

After you’re done using your cookware, be sure to clean it first and then store it away in a large resealable bag. This way you can keep it all your cooking tools together and can use the resealable bag on many trips.

Camping Crockery

Don’t skimp on your camping crockery, there is nothing worse than plates and bowls flying around your van, sliding here there and everywhere. Australian made camp kitchen ‘must’ are ClipCroc plates, bowls and cups – they are dishwasher safe, FDA approved, microwave safe, anti-rattle and durable.

Portable Camping Kitchen Table

Your camp kitchen is incomplete without a portable camping kitchen table. You can put bins underneath and use it as storage space as required. They are particularly helpful for preparing meals and of course eating at them. They also double as a great place to play board games or cards with the family.

You can even get a camping table with storage.

Don’t Forget The Rubbish Bags For Rubbish

This is one mistake that many campers make at least one time throughout their camping trips over the years. That’s because when the trip is starting out, you haven’t accumulated any rubbish yet. Don’t make that mistake. Make sure that you bring several bags that can serve many purposes. Not only do they store rubbish but also dirty clothes and separating wet clothes.

Compression Sacks For the Winter

Are you a brave winter camper? If you are, kudos to you. You’ve probably noticed your supplies and clothing take up even more space and demand even more time prepping for the cold. If you want to avoid being limited in your tent with all your stuff, it might not be a bad idea to get a few compression sacks to help with this problem

Get a Bum Bag

Now we know these aren’t as “cool” or popular as they once were, but you’re camping, who cares? You can use your bum bag while hiking to store all your hiking necessities or keep it on you for other small items that you need throughout the day.

Have a Trip-Ready Bag For Hiking

While you’re packing for your trip, go ahead and pack a hiking bag that’s ready to go beforehand. On the morning of a hike, it can be hard to dig through all your supplies to round up anything you need as far as hiking gear goes. Trust us, this will be a huge time-saver.

There are all kinds of camping storage ideas out there. You just need to find out what works best for you. Which of our ideas did you find helpful while making your camping experience less of a scavenger hunt?

Take a look at our ultimate buying guides on the best camping swags and camping mattresses to make your trip more comfortable. Or take a look at our tips for camping with toddlers to make it more enjoyable.

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