Caring for your Sleeping Bag

“Holy crap! My sleeping bag melted.”

Here are a few tips to keep this from happening.  Some of them you probably already know, and others you may think are just plain obvious.  Bear with me.

To avoid feeling like you need to wash your sleeping bag all the time, use a sleeping bag liner and just wash the liner occasionally.  The dirtiest thing to crawl into your bed away from bed is you.  Don’t take it personally; it’s a fact of camping.  (Plus, you and I both know you secretly love not having to bathe and shave every day.)  If it is that time to wash your bag, use front-end loaders only.  This is important: don’t use liquid detergent, only the powder.  Also, don’t iron.  Lastly, make sure your bag is completely dry before storing it.

I’ve read where people will leave their sleeping bags rolled up and ready to go, just in case.  Bad idea!  To store a sleeping bag leave it unrolled someplace out of the way.  For example, under your bed, on the top shelf of your closet (The shelf you can’t reach, and so don’t use anyway.), or anywhere where your bag won’t get too hot.   If you’re in a tiny apartment or house with lots of roommates space can be a commodity.  We’ve all been there, and that’s okay.  Store your bag in a loose mesh bag, or some other kind of oversized sack.

I know, synthetic and down sleeping bags are kind of high maintenance, but you gotta do what you gotta do.  Plus, these babies last for years!

Check out sleeping bags for all conditions from trusted brands like: The North Face, Marmot, Big Agnes, Kelty, Deuter, Eureka, and Sierra Designs.


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