How To Care for Your Backpacking Gear When the Trip is Over

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  • Published on Jul 31, 2019
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    The adventure is over and you return home with some dirty gear and some work to do.
    When I come home from a backpacking trip, these are the steps which I go through every single time to ensure that my gear continues to work properly and lasts me long into the future.
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Comments • 126

  • Yan Liu
    Yan Liu Month ago +1

    Great video! Only thing I do differently is I will do all these outside.

  • kim lightfoot
    kim lightfoot Month ago +1

    thank you for this video

  • Cam Shaft
    Cam Shaft Month ago +1

    Great video
    Might want to think about making one on companies that are backtracking on lifetime warranties.
    I have always taken excellent care of gear and recently discovered many of my expensive items coming apart.
    Tents and tarps made with disposable materials that have shelf life. Then shocked to have MSR and MEC decline lifetime warranties.
    And I just see no reason to buy extensive gear and baby it. To have these guys make excuses

  • peterl1167
    peterl1167 Month ago

    Another informative video with a heap of excellent advice. Thank you kindly Luke. I personally use a checklist when I repack to ensure that I don’t forget anything.

  • HighSpeedNoDrag
    HighSpeedNoDrag Month ago

    DRY Out everything with a slight to moderate Wind.

  • Howy New
    Howy New Month ago

    Thanks Luke. This is really helpful.

  • Affen mensch
    Affen mensch Month ago

    Ein zelt welches durch die sonne beschädigt wird?.......ist schon selten dämlich

  • Dirty Little Dog
    Dirty Little Dog Month ago

    What kind of food bag was that? I remember I bought that bag cause I saw it here on your channel. Unfortunately my son got a hold of it, I need a new one and cannot remember where I got it.

  • GO! Outfitters
    GO! Outfitters Month ago

    Great tips here!

  • Nicholas Cruz
    Nicholas Cruz Month ago

    Thank you for the video! Most of the time you think if doesn’t need to be said, but in my experience, it always needs to be said. There is always someone that doesn’t know. Good looking out Luke.

  • INDIAN PREPPER 24*7

    Good subject .

  • Jeroen van Achterberg Outdoor

    Thanks for the tips, Luke! The tick-check is a very good tip particularly. I live in an apartment and have a small balcony, so my tent has to dry in the middle of the living room, but it's better than storing it wet for sure. And I'll have to go over my backpack a bit better in the future I suppose, it's a great pack but I dragged in so much sand from a dayhike I did two days ago, it'll need some TLC after a few more of these hikes..

  • Chronicle Gaming
    Chronicle Gaming Month ago

    Hey luke did u consider what I asked in ur last video

  • Paul Wolf
    Paul Wolf Month ago

    I used to primitive camp, and reenact, and I can say, the best thing to do, is get your gear put, modern or period, and separate it, air your tent/ shelter, and tarps/poncho, blanket, etc. Clean out everything and sort it. Clean, replace and resupply, before you repack. Best advice, "take care of your gear, so it takes care of you. It's so easy, to get lazy after a weekend trip.

  • cosgrove notts
    cosgrove notts Month ago

    This is like tips for dumbasses. Only in Murica lol

  • NN Timberwolf
    NN Timberwolf Month ago

    Do you wash some items or is best not too.... ie... jacket, blanket, etc?

  • Eric M
    Eric M Month ago

    Great video learned a lot thanks bro!

  • K9 Outdoors
    K9 Outdoors Month ago

    I tend to collapse as soon as I get in the door Luke, then raid the fridge for about three cold drinks, hobble to the sofa, rest for two hours wondering why I do these crazy things, then spend an hour in the shower scrubbing the dirt away, find loads of scratches, bruises all over my legs and arms, next its a meal that would feed a king. Once recharged I then sort kit out.....hmm maybe I will have to correct my priorities now lol

  • Ed A
    Ed A Month ago +2

    I hate to admit it, but when i get home I drop my pack at the front door take a shower and go to sleep.

  • Robyn Doby
    Robyn Doby Month ago

    Hey Luke so cool you made it easy hope all is well have a wonderful evening

  • Drifus
    Drifus Month ago

    Pretty much the same but with winter camping ticks are rarely an issue. Laundry room is right inside the garage drop off what is needed and take the rest to the basement and either set it back up or hang it to dry. Thanks Luke

  • GIANNIS SARANTAPENTARIS

    When the Trip is over: my Darkest Hour ....

  • Cyril Bilkenstein
    Cyril Bilkenstein Month ago

    I'm curious to see all the gears you have accumulated.

  • Mark K
    Mark K Month ago

    You don’t treat your water filter before you put it away? I flush mine with a couple of quarts of clean water then flush it with 2 quarts of water treated with bleach. 3-4 drops per quart. Then I’ll leave it out in the kitchen to dry for about a week before I put it away.

  • Nick Brown
    Nick Brown Month ago

    I really like your backpack. It’s similar to mine just bigger with extra features.

  • Travis Ford
    Travis Ford Month ago +1

    How come we never see your dog on your videos?

  • bigkev73
    bigkev73 Month ago

    Luke, great advice.

  • Jovahs Angel
    Jovahs Angel Month ago

    😎🤙

  • Steve Salem
    Steve Salem Month ago

    Susie must love you spreading all that crap in the house. 👎

  • Andrew heuft
    Andrew heuft Month ago

    You are amazing

  • Tim Chips666
    Tim Chips666 Month ago

    hi👋 I got something to say!!
    I'm from germany , so sorry for my Grammatik 🤣 I love your Chanel and the reviews.. I understand every word and like that because your tips and Trips are great!!! thx Luke 👍👍👍👍🤘🤘🤘

  • Uncle Redneck
    Uncle Redneck Month ago

    How a bought a video on end of hiking season and now time to get the sweat and funk out of your pack. Especially if you only a one pack that you use.

  • Living Survival
    Living Survival Month ago

    For those of us that are OCD I can’t sleep until my gear is cleaned up and organized 😂

  • Jeanette Keever
    Jeanette Keever Month ago +3

    Great tips but Im 12 and a Im just starting out in backpacking can you make a video on how to start out

  • Octavia Lomax
    Octavia Lomax Month ago

    Good morning
    Question: How about drying out your tent,pad etc. While getting your self coffee and eating , ready to leave?
    I have not camped or back pack in years.
    I do remember things not smelling that great by time I got home.

  • eric
    eric Month ago +6

    I spray my ruck and all my clothes and boots with permethrin. So far here in NE Pennsylvania i haven't had a tick on me

  • TheOutdoorGearReview
    TheOutdoorGearReview  Month ago +12

    I hope that you are ready for a Bushcraft adventure;
    coming soon! :D
    - Luke

  • Tom Williams
    Tom Williams Month ago

    👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Grim Adventures of Bushcraft and Hiking

    Nice buddy, yeah ticks are bad here so I understand making sure there are no ticks on you or your gear. I need to be better with taking care of my gear, if it's a long or rough trip when I get home I just toss my gear aside till I go rest a while.

  • DIVEMASTER MATT
    DIVEMASTER MATT Month ago

    “I take my clothes off... ALL OF THEM” haha your a trip Luke!

  • Ed Reguera
    Ed Reguera Month ago

    Spray your pack, trousers, socks and footwear with Permethrin. Last up to six weeks and multiple washings.

  • David Stillman
    David Stillman Month ago

    LUKE HI !
    DO YOU SPRAY YOUR TENT , BACKPACK , SHOES ,CLOTHES , VEHICLE / INSIDE / THAT YOU USE TO & FROM YOUR JOURNEY DOWN WITH PERMETHRIN FOR THE TICKS ETC ? DO YOU SPRAY YOUR RAIN FLY / TARP IF YOU ARE HAMMOCK CAMPING OR JUST HAMMOCK, UNDER QUILT & TOP QUILT / SLEEPING BAG ? THEY SAY AFTER AWHILE MOLD MIGHT START GROWING IN YOUR SLEEPING PAD ? BY BLOWING IT UP BY MOUTH . HAVE THEY FOUND WHAT TO USE FOR THE INSIDE OF THE SLEEPING PAD THAT WOULD STOP / OR SLOW THE MOLD DOWN WITH OUT MAKING US SICK EITHER FROM THE MOLD OR WHAT EVER THEY USE TO HELP STOP IT FROM HAPPENING ?
    THE WEATHER HERE HAS BEEN HOT & HUMID 95° / 110° HOW HAVE YOU'LL BEEN DOING? THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME / US TAGGING ALONG ! BE SAFE ! HAVE FUN ! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS ! ENJOYED !

  • überguy
    überguy Month ago

    You may have the compact strength for an epic manlet but that muppet dog is not honorable, you may pretend it is your wife's dog. lmao

    Strength & honor ~

  • Alan Cooper
    Alan Cooper Month ago

    Hi Luke thanks for sharing this. A couple of points about ticks, not that we have a massive problem where I live in the UK. I have been choosing lighter colored equipment and clothes when I replace them so that ticks show up better. Black it not the best color for this. I use Permethrin on my outer clothes and backpack. I read somewhere that washing clothes does not get rid of ticks, even with Bio washing powder, they survive hot damp conditions pretty well. The recommendation was to put the clothes in a dryer for 20 minutes then wash them.

  • Whirlwind 51118
    Whirlwind 51118 Month ago

    How much trash do you find while you’re out hiking?

  • Mark Wilson
    Mark Wilson Month ago

    What's the best soap to use on the pack if it's really grubby.

  • Mark Wilson
    Mark Wilson Month ago

    Thanks for that Luke.

  • gaz lyno
    gaz lyno Month ago +1

    Seriously I've never considered about ticks latching onto my gear! I always check myself when I'm in the shower. Good tip Luke Cheers :)

  • Miss Twisted
    Miss Twisted Month ago

    What about backpack stank?

  • EarlyMist
    EarlyMist Month ago

    Nice list. I'd add: unstuff your down gear if any and store it in a large bag. Put it in the dryer on low heat if wet and add tennis or laundry balls to regain loft, if not cleaning it completely if it got dirty. Since down loses loft when compressed over time the last place you want to leave your bag, quilt or puffer jacket is in its small stuff sack which is really only meant for transporting it from A to B back to A. The same can be said for the newer synthetic fabrics that mimic down such as Thermoball, Loftek, Nano Puff etc etc.

  • Sean Miller
    Sean Miller Month ago +2

    And Then Susie comes home and finds everything strewn all over the place

  • jays tube
    jays tube Month ago

    You said ticks .so why do this in the house ..outside not inside the house .for one you got a dog. and who takes out dirty gear in the house .your wife must care ..yuk

  • ACValdez
    ACValdez Month ago

    Loving the video quality and FOV :)

  • Thomas Mcginnis
    Thomas Mcginnis Month ago

    Wow you unpack then clean? Discard trash?

  • Magic Apples
    Magic Apples Month ago +1

    Your wife must be a saint - my hubby used to go out to the wilds for hunting fishing ect IF he ever came back and put his gear in and around the house
    (he only ever tried it the once lol) all hell would have broke loose lol no way - he had a set up in the back yard so that he could do the drying out and cleaning out and take an outdoor shower before even getting back in to the house lol

  • Jason Powell
    Jason Powell Month ago +1

    Oh, I almost forgot, pick a drying room in your house I.e the garage, if you have one attached to the dwelling. There you can lay all of your gear out, string up mozzy net, and sleeping bags etc. if you’ve got just one tick on any of the gear you’ve pulled out in your beautiful lounge room and it gets on the floor, the first food source it will go to is your little dog there, or even you. Just a thought, cheers

  • Jason Powell
    Jason Powell Month ago

    Awesome tips mate, I’ve been watching your adventures for a while now. You’ve mentioned ticks, we got cattle ticks here in Australia, and the worse I’ve seen an attack was about 20 around the grine area ‘ouch’. He didn’t have a pleasant trip, but fully recovered. I served in the Austrian Army for over 20 years, and have seen all sought of problems with personal hygiene, and most of these problems were stopped in their tracks by the buddy system, looking each other over or having a medic with us to go to if we feel that something isn’t right. For doing it solo, it’s imperative to take care of your extremities I.e mouth with mouth sore etc. I found it part of my morning routine to wash my mouth out with salt or diluted betadine will get rid of any nasties I.e tropical ulsars. Anyways, would like to see what your thought are, and if you could add to it, or even better make a vlog on it I.e out in the field on one of your days or weeks away and what your morning routine would be. Take care, duty first

  • A J Taylor
    A J Taylor Month ago

    Great video, you are so right worth the time to take care of stuff.

  • Alaska Dream Life
    Alaska Dream Life Month ago

    I have old, old gear that people make fun of me, because they look like new.

  • Michael Marrinan
    Michael Marrinan Month ago +3

    You mentioned sun will damage the gear. Aren’t tents almost always set up in the sun? Are we trying to limit ‘unnecessary’ exposure?
    Thanks!

    • Tommy Seabee
      Tommy Seabee Month ago

      Your tent will only be up in the evening, night and early morning if backpacking. Up all day if in a FOB/LSA military bivouac. The military tents are usually made for it and heavy as hell. The tent he used is a mil tent but is a very new style and won’t last long in the military unless they are planning on buying a bunch of them for when they fail. All military gear needs to be able to be thrown off the back of an MTVR (stake bed truck).

    • Fjellgutten
      Fjellgutten Month ago

      Polyester is king in the sun!

    • EarlyMist
      EarlyMist Month ago

      Not sure if Luke will answer but you got the jist of it. Mimimising sun exposure where possible on trail and back home. I've left two tents setup outside long term (four months or so) and those UV's really shorten the life, speeding up delamination, making the fabric fragile and more tearable, reducing waterproofness, fading the colour etc etc.