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HELPFUL TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR 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 to help it last longer and insulate more efficiently. The following are some of my 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 will add warmth to your sleeping experience, if that is what you want.

SLEEP IN CLEAN CLOTHES

Camping may mean getting dirty and sweaty, even after simply cooking a meal smell after all the cooking. Whatever you do, don’t sleep in dirty clothes. Don’t like to shower at the end of the day before you get in bed? For real? At least change into clean clothes before crawling into your camping sleeping bag.

PROTECT THE BAG FROM THE GROUND

One of the easiest ways to harm your sleeping bag is by placing it directly on the ground or objects that will, and trust me it will happen, tear or make holes in your sleeping bag. A quick solution is to place a pad, a thick carton or a light mattress under your sleeping bag.

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 because it will ruin the bag’s toe box. Don’t throw it around or 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 definitely regret it.

DON’T LEND RIGHT AWAY

Be careful when you decide to lend your sleeping bag. It is your bed away from home, after all. You may never get rid of the smell, and every time I have lent a sleeping bag, I wish I hadn’t.

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.

AIR IT OUT

The last helpful tip for caring for your camping sleeping bag is to air it out regularly. If it’s an extended 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 will damage your bag’s fabric.

Your camping sleeping bag is something that you will probably grow to love and get a better night’s sleep; the more you use it. Look after it, get more value for your money, and never lend it to anyone.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.