Hiking Gear storage – The best system?

Do you have a separate place to store your hiking gear?

Have you got a storage system that lets you  easily get organised for your next trip?

What is the best way to care for and store your backpacking or bushwalking equipment?

Calipidder – self confessed Backpacker, Photographer, Gear Nerd, and Technology Geek just posted a picture on her Facebook page showing off here new “Gear Closet” (yes, she is American- we call it a wardrobe on Oz)

It made us very jealous and interested in what sort of systems our readers have for storing their bushwalking or outdoor gear. (because ours is,well , crap)

hiking gear storage

Calipidder's new hiking gear closet

From Calipidder :

Still trying to figure out how I manage to squeeze a ‘lightweight’ pack out of all that STUFF. And it’s even been seriously purged – have two giant boxes of gear sitting in the garage to get rid of!

What can’t be seen in this photo: top shelf (above packs/sleeping bags) are all my sleeping pads and tents. The floor is all hiking shoes/boots/chacos. The right corner is all trekking poles, ice axes, shovels, etc. Top left corner is climbing gear. I wonder how long it will stay organized. :)

Ok dear readers, over to you!

Share some photographs of YOUR gear storage “system” and we will publish it here on Our Hiking Blog.

There are MANY closet gear junkies who read the blog and we know you would love to share,  so please email us at, gearpics@ourhikingblog.com.au with a couple of pictures and we will add them to this post.

And, remember to check out Calipidder’s site:

Calipidder.com offers trip reports, photographs, and gear advice for exploring California’s parks and remote backcountry on foot. Based in Silicon Valley, Calipidder.com is owned and written by me, Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd, a technology geek and backpacking addict. This site focuses primarily on backpacking, with a healthy dose of dayhiking, peak bagging, geocaching, photography, and miscellaneous other outdoor sports. – it is a fun and informative site

Post script -First photo submission from  an unnamed families gear storage taken with an iPhone (as the good camera is in Central Australia) They are take AFTER a tidy up this afternoon.

Gear in shed

Gear in shed - base camping gear and at least 6 tents

Packs in shed

Backpack storage - there are about 6 there


  1. Georgie says

    The perennial problem in Queensland is how to store your gear without it going mouldy before you use it again.
    We have had 4 months of humid warm weather here on the Sunshine Coast since we did the Overland Track in Dec, so I still have all our gear spread out on the spare bed to keep an eye out for mould. I spray all visible mould with ethonol in a spray can (G 20), which will undoubtedly shorten the life of the goods, but so would leaving them mouldy. As soon as the humidity lessens I will put everything out on the deck in the sun, up from the ground which holds moisture all year. Everything will get another spray of ethonol, then into clear plastic see through bins, and onto a shelf where I can visually check for mould. Such a big problem here, as we tend not to need our warm clothing etc for everyday winter wear. A friend’s lovely (expensive) merino thermal bought in Tassie had disappeared by the next year, most eaten by wool moth and the rest by mould.
    So I am taking extra care with my merino toe socks. Would appreciate any tips on keeping the humidity and mould out. Regards, Georgie

    • Frank says

      Wow Georgie,
      What a problem! it is a big process just to keep them from getting mouldy, let alone getting the mould off.

      Hopefully some of our readers from humid climates will have some ideas. Don’t have much of a problem with long term humidity in southern Victoria (unless you call rain humidity)

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