Dan and I are definitely fair weather campers. As much as we love the idea of going into September / October putting down the tent in the rain is not fun. Especially when you do not have the room to be able to dry it out properly. So after our camping trip over August bank holiday weekend we decided to pack everything up for winter.
For Dan, the main thing is making sure the tent and other components are dry and that the tent is rolled up nicely and put away in its bag. Don’t get me wrong we always try and get it in dry after each trip but when you know you are going a few weeks later sometimes it’s easier just to ram it in the bag with the guy ropes hanging around. So as we packed up on the Monday morning Dan went round and tied all the ropes up properly and gave the inside of the tent a good old clean making sure bugs, dry grass and other bits had been removed from every inch of the tent.
Whereas for me, it is definitely about making sure everything is clean and sorted ready to grab and go in the Spring of 2017. I empty our box of bits and clean it out, disinfect the cool box, wash all the sleeping bags and rugs and all the cooking stuff, cutlery and plates get thrown in the dishwasher. That way I know it’s all spotless going away.
We have a massive scuba box that we keep all the bits and bobs in so that when it comes to a camping trip we can grab and go. It usually houses things like toilet roll, the kettle, cutlery, firelighters, gas etc. All the bits that are awkward to pack and store away so we store it in one box that we can throw in the car.
Before our first camping trip of the year, I also stock it with tea, coffee, washing up liquid along with other bits that I am always likely to forget. It’s much easier to throw it in at the beginning of the year so if we have a spontaneous trip we literally can grab and go. So at the end of the season I need to give this a bit of a clear out. I literally empty the box and then disinfect it then re pack it. Anything like tea, coffee, baby wipes etc tend to go in the bin or I store in the kitchen cupboards.
I also give the cool box and any other plastic items (beer holders, plastic tubs etc) a good old disinfectant with Zoflora as well. The folks asked me if they could send me some to try out and I genuinely have to say that it’s a game changer in the world of cleaning products. I know that sounds like a bit of a cliché unlike other disinfectants, it’s concentrated so it has be mixed with water. Therefore, I can leave everything to soak rather than having to wipe it down and as it soaks it doesn’t stink the house out. Unlike other disinfectants, Zoflora is all about the smell. I’m partial to the smell of bleach, it says to me that something is clean. However, for those of you that don’t like bleach Zoflora is for you. It smells floral and fresh like the outdoors. So for anything that you are storing away it’s perfect as it doesn’t give you that stale smell when you open it up.
Needless to say the house is now getting the Zoflora treatment. The recycling boxes, the bin, you name it its all being cleaned. I cannot get enough of this stuff and it will definitely be a staple in our house especially after looking at all the different fragrances you can get. It’s like the Yankee Candles of the disinfectant world.
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