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How to pack up your camping gear at the end of your trip

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The holiday is over and sadly it's time to go home.

Taking your tent down and packing up all your camping equipment – known as striking camp – might seem like a huge task, but it doesn't need to be a chore if you follow our instructions.

1 A mini dustpan and brush set is really useful for sweeping up before packing away your tent. Remember to empty out the storage pockets.

2 If you get the chance, clean off any mud and bird poo from the flysheet before you start.

3 Empty and, if necessary, take down and pack away the inner tents, before clearing the tent.

4 Keep a few plastic bags to hand for packing away wet, muddy items.

5 Pack dirty clothes in a separate holdall so the washing machine can be loaded as soon as you get home.

6 If the weather is fine, leave sleeping bags out to air before packing them away.

7 Sort poles neatly as you go to avoid stepping on them.

8 Muddy pegs can be cleaned at home but don't pack them with the tent.

9 Have a plan for how you’re going to pack the boot/trailer/roofboox and empty the tent in the right order. Remember to leave space for the tent!

10 Packing up can be a wet and muddy experience – get changed into clean clothes before you drive home.

11 Have a last look around to check for anything you might have overlooked.

12 As soon as you get home, unpack it all and start to dry thoroughly.

13 Wash all pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and food storage again when you get home.


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