SLEEPING BAG CARE: HELPFUL TIPS TO CARE FOR CAMPING SLEEPING BAG
Whether your bag is down or synthetic, expensive or not, it’s still smart to take care of it the best way you can. Keep your camping sleeping bag clean, dry and protected before and after your camp. This way, you’ll help it last longer and insulate more efficiently. The following are seven helpful tips to care for your camping sleeping bag.
USE A SLEEPING BAG LINER
Sleeping with a bag liner is like sleeping with a bed sheet on your bed. It lets you sleep on a clean pad because it acts as a barrier between the bag and your skin. Keeping it clean is also easier because you only need to wash the bag liner after use and not necessarily the entire sleeping bag.
The bonus of using a sleeping bag liner is the added comfort. Liners come in either cotton, silk, wool or polyester materials and are all lightweight. When it comes to insulation, bag liners add about 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit to your bag’s temperature.
SLEEP IN CLEAN CLOTHES
Camping may mean getting dirty and sweaty — and even smell after all the cooking. But no matter how tired you may get, avoid sleeping in your dirty clothes. Don’t like to show? At least change into clean clothes before crawling into your camping sleeping bag.
Wearing a bandana or a knit cap is also a good idea to prevent oil and dirt from your hair from transferring to the bag hood. This also goes for sunscreen on your face and body. Make sure to wipe it off before sleeping.
PROTECT THE BAG FROM THE GROUND
One of the easiest ways to harm your sleeping bag is by placing it on top of hard and sharp objects that can tear or make holes in your bag. A quick solution is to place a pad, a thick carton or a light mattress under your sleeping bag. Whatever is most available to you is better than nothing.
BE GENTLE ON YOUR BAG
Just like with anything that you want to last longer, be gentle on your camping sleeping bag. Never jump around standing inside your sleeping bag. This will ruin the bag’s toe box. Don’t throw it around or just stuff it inside a box or its storage bag without cleaning it first and folding it properly. Sometimes, after camping, we store our gear quickly without extra care. And by the time we need to use it again, we regret not storing them properly.
DON’T LEND RIGHT AWAY
This may be tricky as some might think it’s suggesting them to be selfish. This tip is only to make you a pickier when it comes to lending your sleeping bag. Try not to lend it to a friend who is notorious for being careless. And to whomever you’ll lend your sleeping bag, set some rules. Make sure to also show them how the zippers work and ask them to use a liner.
BE CAREFUL WITH THE ZIPPERS
Using a two-way zipper can sometimes be challenging. It can get tangled or come apart. To avoid frustration and ruining your sleeping bag, get used to zipping it up and down before your camping trip. Practice always makes perfect. However, in cases when zippers snag, never yank them because this can quickly tear the fabric.
AIR IT OUT
The last helpful tip to care for your camping sleeping bag is to air it out regularly. If it’s a long camping trip, make sure to air it out daily. Turn it inside-out to dry out any moisture, which can cause mildew. If you’re going to store the sleeping bag for a long time, air it out before storing and do so occasionally leading up to your next trip.
Another tip is to never leave your sleeping bag in direct sunlight for very long. UV light can damage your bag’s fabric.
A camping sleeping bag is one of the essentials that you can repeatedly use on every camping trip. To make it last longer and still be as efficient as the first time you used it, follow basic tips to care for a sleeping bag. If you’ve decided to invest in an expensive brand, then you have more reasons to take extra care of it. Give your sleeping bag the same comfort that you want to get from a good night’s sleep.
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