12 important camping jobs to do now
If you are stuck at home and desperate to find some jobs to occupy your time, why not sort out your camping gear in preparation for when you can go camping again?
These are the important jobs we know we should do, but often don't have the time to complete. And there's enough to do here to keep you busy for a few weeks at least.
You could do all of these jobs in the house or in the back garden but obviously make sure you comply with all the most up-to-date Government and health authority guidelines for social distancing.
Inspect your tent for any holes, tears, mould, mildew, seam strains or any other signs of wear you might have missed when you packed it away for the winter. Repair or dispose of bent pegs, frayed guylines, split poles, or damaged buckles and elastics.
2 SLEEPING BAGS
Remove sleeping bags from stuff sacks and hang them in a dry place to air off for a couple of days. Take a close look at drawcords, zips and seams, repairing damage where you can.
3 AIRBEDS AND SELF-INFLATING MATS
Check inflatable beds, look out for leaks and make any necessary repairs.
Check the burners are undamaged and ensure all the fittings are tight. Tighten the jubilee clips on the gas hose and regulator and give everything another good clean for luck.
5 GAS BOTTLES
Check gas levels now rather than at the last minute before your next trip
6 KITCHEN GEAR
Give pots, crockery and cutlery a good scrub. Check and replace camp kitchen consumables like scourers, washing-up liquid, coffee, tea and sugar.
7 LANTERNS AND TORCHES
Check that the batteries in your torches and lanterns are working and replace any that have run out
8 TENT FURNITURE
Wardrobes, kitchen, pantry, table and chairs should all be dusted off, wiped down with disinfectant and checked for damage.
9 FIRST AID KIT
Make sure it’s fully stocked and that everything is up-to-date.
10 REPAIR KIT
Replace used items from your repair kit such as tape, glue, sealant, pegs and spare guylines.
11 DO A TRIAL CAR PACKING RUN
Don’t leave it until the last minute to find out if everything will squash into your boot/trailer/roof box.
12 MAKE A SHOPPING LIST
Make a note of what needs renewed or replaced and get ready to hit the shops as soon as everything is back to normal!