Camping Container




About: I was born and raised in Central Florida. I hold a bachelor's degree in business management and do network maintenance for a broadband/telecommunications company. I am married with two perfect girls. I ...

I recently came up with a watertight solution to the plastic tote I had been using for years to hold my camping supplies.

Step 1: Find Rain Barrel With Screw Top

I found an old pickle brine barrel locally for 25$. I prefer the screw top, but you can use the ring clamp ones as well.

Step 2: Fill With Supplies

I was able to stuff this 55 gallon drum with all the following:

Coleman Hampton 9 person tent
2 Coleman sleeping bags
Coleman queen air mattress
Coleman twin mattress
12 volt pump

Step 3: Go Camping

Toss the barrel in your truck and go. Hope this helps save you some space and keeps your gear dry like it did for me! Thanks for looking.



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    4 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Very good point. I had a relative put a loaf of bread in my brand new tent and a raccoon made an arm-sized hole in the side. Nothing a little patch wouldn't fix, but still aggravating.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    That is a great idea! Also, after setting up the camp you have an empty barrel that could be used to hold your FOOD ITEMS! That is very important on a camping trip. Raccoons sometimes know how to open ice chests! Birds and squirrels jump up on picnic tables and destroy everything if you leave them un-attended a while! The barrel would keep the food out of your TENT which is a good idea also. You don't want a raccoon or bear smelling FOOD in your tent and clawing at the fabric in the middle of the night!


    5 years ago

    Thanks! It is 55 gallons. It had a vinegar smell from the pickles that were inside, so I bleached and scrubbed it until it no longer smelled. I got it from a local farm where they ship and receive produce in these barrels. Craigslist might be a good place to look. Search rain barrels or 55 gallon drum.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea.
    How big is that barrel (gallons)?
    Does it have a odor inside (presuming that it is used)?
    What kind of merchants have this kind of item?