Best Storage Choice For Camping

Camping Storage Ideas

When you are planning a camping trip, especially when it’s the whole family, it can be challenging to figure out the best way to pack the items you need. We are here to show you some ideas, tips, containers, boxes and much more so that you can stay safe and organized while protecting yourself, your family and equipment.

Storage Bins And Containers

Card board boxes can get wet and fall apart. Plastic bags break. Duffel bags can also get wet and be a pain to find things in. When it comes to packing up items like food, clothes, and other necessities for camping, nothing works better than plastic storage bins with secure fitting lids. You can get them in a variety of sizes and here’s why they work so well.

Think Clear For Camping Bins

First of all, you want to buy the clear ones if possible. This will usually allow you to see exactly what’s in the storage bin without opening it up to sort through the contents. However, if you prefer the solid colors, you can always label the contents on the outside with marker or sticky labels.

Take advantage of the small clear plastic containers to store items like fishing tackle, or jewelery and watches. The small containers can be stored in the larger ones!

Important Tips

Using plastic storage bins in the appropriate sizes also makes them stackable, which can save space in your tent.

Storage bins can make great side tables for your air mattress in your sleeping tent or beside folding chairs in your screen tent.

Plastic bins with secure fitting lids keeps whatever is on the inside dry and insect free.

If you don’t overfill the bins and make them too heavy, they can be easily carried from the tent to a boat or the water’s edge. They can hold whatever it happens to be you need at the moment whether it’s snacks, towels, sunscreen, camera, phone or even a first aid kit. The bins provide protection for these kinds of items.

NOTE:  It is best to use individual storage bins than to try and use the ones that are made with drawers.

Buy Good Quality Storage Bins

You might be tempted to buy the cheapest plastic storage bins you can find, but if you plan on using them often, camping can be tough and you want bins that will last. You want sturdy handles and lids that can take a little roughness!

When you invest in good quality storage bins you can expect them to hold up to camping trip after trip. They are an excellent way to store your camping supplies at home too when you are not using them.

Use The Plastic Bins At Home To Store:

  • Lanterns
  • Camping Pans & Dishes
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Campfire Grill
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flash Lights
  • Hatchet
  • Air Mattresses
  • Small Tents
  • Screen Tent
  • Life Jackets
  • Swimming Floats
  • Table Cloth
  • Fishing Gear
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Insect Repellent

All of the things listed above are items that you’ll take camping with you every time you go. If you use plastic storage bins to keep them in, they will be packed and ready for your next trip. Of course, you will have to pack fresh food supplies every time you go camping, so keep an extra bin or two empty to use for that.

Sterilite 116 Quart/110 Liter Ultra Latch Box 4-Pack

This tub set is probably all you need for a great camping trip. If you don’t need to use all four, you can easily store them in different areas of the house. These tubs are as clear as can be, making it easy to see what’s inside and what you need to get to. It can store any of the necessities of your camping trip. You can keep it in the tent or in the vehicle that you go in.

The outside dimensions are 33 inches x 20.13 inches x 13.5 inches. They’re stackable, so if you don’t have the space side-by-side, vertical storage is always helpful. The latches will be sure to keep your items nice and secure inside. They are heavy-duty storage containers, so they can take the beating that a camping trip might bring.

Akro-Mils Storage Cabinet

If you have small knickknacks that may assist you with your camping trick like fishing supplies, toiletries, or first aid items, this is the perfect storage cabinet for you. Having an array of trays to add smaller items will help you keep track of them. It’s not the largest storage compartment, but it will go far in the long run. They are made to withstand the roughest of environments, making it perfect for camping.

There are 44 drawers in all–12 larger ones and 32 smaller ones. The cabinet itself is measured at 20 inches x 16 inches x 6 1/2 inches. If you have multiple ones, they stack together easily. If something happens to one of the drawers, it can easily be replaced.

Rubbermaid Roughneck Clear Storage Container 5-Pack

Rubbermaid is one of the leading storage containers on the market. They have an outstanding sense of space and storage needs and it shows in these clear, plastic containers. They are durable enough to handle the roughness of camping life, able to withstand carrying the toughest stuff. While the lids aren’t clear, they do latch securely and safely to withstand any environment.

They are 50 quarts and measure at 26.7 inches x 15.8 inches x 10.8 inches. The built-in handles assist with carrying if you need to while the lid snaps to assist in the security of your items. While clear is suggested, these come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Camp Chef Sherpa Table

While not a great fit for everything in the camp, if you enjoy cooking outdoors at your camp site, this is a great tool to have. Not only does it have four sizable storage containers beneath it, but it is a table that you can set anything on. It easily stores away whenever it’s not in use since the table top is aluminum and has its own place in the storage compartments.

With its legs extended, the table has a height of 28 inches, making the perfect cooking height if you need to use it. With the legs collapsed, it measures at 15 3/4 inches x 27 inches x 18 1/4 inches.

Sterilite 32 Quart/30 Liter ClearView Latch Box 6-Pack

If you need to go even smaller, these are the type you need. While only standing at half a foot tall, these flat storage containers will be able to store a lot of items. They can stack atop each other, making it easy to store in your tent or camper. While 6 inches may not be able to store too many large things, it will certainly store an air mattress, sleeping bags, tents, life jackets, and other things.

The outside measurements are 23.63 inches x 16.38 inches x 6.5 inches. The entire thing is see-through, including the lid as well as the body. The lids latch down so you can keep your items safe and sound.

Sterilite 66 Quart/62 Liter ClearView Latch Box 6-Pack

Similar to the listing above, Sterilite has many sets of different sizes of their clear storage containers. While not as big as the above set these are a bit smaller to maintain space for your tent or camper. These stack on top of each other, giving you vertical room to store all your camping necessities in.

The outside dimensions are 23.63 inches x 16.38 inches x 13.25 inches. Not only is the body see-through, but the lid is also clear, giving you a good top-view of the contents within.

IRIS 3-Piece Airtight Pet Food Container Combo

We all love our pets enough to let them enjoy the great outdoors with us. It’s where their ancestors were from, after all! Even pets enjoy the time in the sticks and dirt. If they do go with you, they’ll need some food to go along with them. Storage containers aren’t just for us, after all! These pet food containers can house 33 quarts of food in the bottom and 12 quarts in the top. It’s perfect for separating dog and cat food (or whatever pets you have)!

The airtight seal keeps both sets of food fresh, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad. It also latches in case you want the extra security. There is a 2-cup scoop that comes with it in case you need one to scoop out some kibble.

Lock & Lock Food Container with Tray

Food is a necessity of life and camping doesn’t usually come with free food in the wilderness. While some may fish or hunt during their camping time, it isn’t normal for campers to do that. So, you need a food storage container to keep all your food nice and fresh. This plastic container is not only BPA-free, but it also air and water-tight.

It comes with a tray to assist in sorting your food if you need it while supporting up to 9 liters of food. It is extremely durable, making it suitable for camping or everyday life.

Combination Lock Storage Box

For those special, life-dependent items that you may need more secure than the others, this storage container comes with a combination lock. While it’s not see-through, it certainly will keep your crap safe. It’s made to handle the rough environments it is put in, so camping is an obvious choice to go with.

It measures at 82 quarts/78 liters and the dimensions are 23.6 inches x 16.5 inches x 12.2 inches. If you need more than one, they stack on top of each other. It also has a fully collapsible feature in case you need it.

Camping Pop-Up Cupboard

If you need a smaller amount of storage space, but an easy way to store, this pop-up cupboard is your best bet. It can collapse into a nice little carrying bag despite its steel frame and polyester fabric. It is sturdy enough to carry all sorts of things. It is durable and will last a long time over the amount of camping you may do.

While unfolded, it measures at 48 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and 19 inches deep. There is a mesh front to keep pests out and to keep your items safe and fresh. There is also a small table on top if you need to use it.

KingCamp Aluminum Frame

If you need more room for storage or cooking items than the table listed above, this one is your best bet. Not only does it come with a wind shield for portable stoves, it also works as a work space or locker. The table top is made of bamboo and collapses for easy storage if not using it.

It is easy to clean and stands at 32 inches tall, making it less trouble to bend down when cooking. The dimensions are 30 inches x 19 inches x 32 inches. The aluminum is scratch-resistant and will last  a long time, even with significant use.