Last Update: 09.Dec.2019
A sleeping bag is a major investment, so it’s important that you fully understand how to care for one properly. Storing a sleeping bag is perhaps one of the most critical parts of sleeping bag maintenance, but, unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about how to store a sleeping bag properly.
Coming up, we’ve got some top tips about sleeping bag storage, as well as answers to your most common questions regarding keeping your most important piece of gear in good quality for a long time to come. Let’s get to it!
More often than not, new campers leave their quality sleeping bag packed into its compression stuff sack when they’re not outside. These compression sacks are great for packing your sleeping bag into your backpack during a hiking day but, it turns out, they can actually cause a lot of damage to your bag in the long term.
Over time, when a sleeping bag is compressed, it loses much of its natural loft, especially when you have a down bag. Since loft is critical for insulation and warmth in a sleeping bag, anything that constricts this loft over time can cause your bag to decrease in performance. Thus, we want to avoid keeping our sleeping bags compressed for more than a couple of days at a time, at the absolute maximum.
The best way to store sleeping bags, then, is outside its compression sack. In fact, the best way to store a sleeping bag is in a place where it can stay fully fluffed for maximum loft over its usable lifetime. Here are some of our top sleeping bag storage ideas:
Sleeping bags are expensive, so you want to ensure you’re storing them in the correct environment. The best place to store a down sleeping bag or a synthetic one is in a cool, dry, place with minimal dust and no mold or mildew.
For most of us, this is our clothes closet, where we can keep our sleeping bag tucked into its storage sack on a shelf. Alternatively, some lucky people have a place to store their gear where they can hang their sleeping bag or prop it onto a makeshift shelf.
On the other hand, you don’t want to store your sleeping bag somewhere warm and damp, where the insulation in your bag can get compressed and damaged by mold or mildew. Additionally, this means that you should avoid storing your sleeping bag until it is completely dry to avoid any mold or mildew build-up.
While many people think that they need to fold a sleeping bag, it’s actually easiest to stuff a sleeping bag into a storage sack, rather than try to get that perfect fold. Stuffing a sleeping bag doesn’t hurt it and folding it doesn’t provide any benefit other than looking pretty.
In fact, folding a sleeping bag can cause pressure points at the creases that can reduce the loft in the bag over time. Thus, we recommend folding, then rolling, your sleeping bag to pack it away nicely.
If you’re wondering how to fold a sleeping bag, here’s how to do it:
Storing a sleeping bag in a backpack is as simple as packing the compression sack into the bottom of your pack. This method helps compress as much of the loft and air in your sleeping bag for a more efficient packing process. Alternatively, you can simply stuff your sleeping bag into the bottom of your pack (without a compression sack) if you have a bit more wiggle room to play with when packing.
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A sleeping bag is a major investment, so it’s important that you fully understand how to care for one properly. Storing a sleeping bag is perhaps one of the most critical parts of sleeping bag maintenance, but, unfortunately, there’s a
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