Gear should make your outdoor time more efficient enjoyable, and accessible.
Buying gear for a momentary sense of pleasure, be it psychologically or even chemically, does not typically achieve these goals. We need the RIGHT equipment for a given activity. And sometimes you need to purchase the correct tool.
Impulsively Buying More Crap ≠ More Outdoor Fun
What does equal more outdoor fun? The gift of time. The best gift for any outdoor person!
But to make effective use of this time bank is a theme that I keep on returning. If you are organized, think of how everything fits, and prepared to make trips, you economized your time. And can get out more.
And a large part of my organization? My Gear Pick of the Year for 2018, of course. Plastic storage bins.
Be it a multi-month road trip or organizing the gear at home, plastic storage bins are a key piece of gear for my outdoor needs.
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Our outdoor activities encompass different seasons, activities, and uses and dialed-in organization is the only way (I find) to be prepared for all these activities and trip focuses.
Be it the camping, backpacking, winter, or other outdoor activities, I like to be organized and have everything stored properly. I can get out on the trail, for a trip, or even efficiently live out of my vehicle with the simple purchase of some storage bins. I’ve organized and stored the gear and have my maps easily accessible for trip planning or inspiration.
All because of some simple bins.
Call them totes, storage units, plastic bins, or boxes; being organized helps me get out more. And to make enjoyable use of the time when I am out.
So, get yourself a piece of gear that will assist in getting out more. Another impulse buy of your third puffy may or may not help in this goal.
But being organized effectively absolutely will get you out more quickly.
So get the PMags Gear Pick of the year for 2018: Plastic Storage Bins.
Disclosure: I bought these bins at KMart (remember that store?!?!), Costco, Target, local stores, or stole from Mom’s basement many years ago. Sorry, Mom!
Along with plastic storage bins go plastic zipper storage bags. The bags help me to further organize the contents of my bins. The two or two and one half gallon bags are good for map storage.
How about a quick rundown of how you would organize the totes? Categories?
Sure! * Misc bin: Mainly extra “stuff” such as tarps, candles for the candle lanters, batteries, hammocks, stuff sacks * Winter clothing bin: Puffy pants, heavier base layers, balaclavas, shell pants, thick mittens, etc. I keep the blaze orange clothing in here, too. *Three-season clothing: Base layers, hiking pants, trail work pants, briefs, socks, *Tools and gear maintenance bin: Hammer, nails, various tapes, sno seal, ODB code reader, etc. *”Technical bin”: Climbing gear, ice axe, helmet, microspikes, crampons * A pre-packed and ready to go car camping bin. I also have ziplocks or stuffsacks in each bin to organize further.… Read more »
Thank you so much, organization is key…
Indeed. We find that being organized does help us get out more and to enjoy the time when we are out.
Along with the “bins” is a lable maker. You don’t know what’s in the bins unless you lable it.
Or printed spreadsheets curated with Google Docs for easy updating! 🙂
We have a bin system for in the back of the cars too. The boot bins so we can throw in muddy boots and wear something clean and comfy home. The spike, snow shoe, and gaiter bin. And then one for the packs and misc. it’s saved us so much time and we don’t lose things. I love the google docs labeling setup! We’ve been using small Avery labels and since both passing 40 we can’t read them anymore lol.
A few years ago, I camped out at the Great Sand Dunes NP one late November. My partner at the time and I noted how experienced people seem to gravitate towards similar methods. Only four or five sites in use spaced out over the campground, but everyone had plastic totes for organizing their camp setup!
A large bin with backpacking food makes a quick trip very easy
Assorted Harmony House fruits and veggies
Oatmeal and grits
Ramen and rice and couscous
And some meals already in ziplocks ready to throw in my pack
Indeed! Our pantry has a lot of those items ready to go. 🙂