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How to Choose a Sleeping Bag: Quick Care Tips

Most sleeping bags come with specific care and washing instructions. Following a few simple care tips will lengthen the life of your sleeping bag.

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag: Quick Care Tips

Here are some quick care tips for your sleeping bag after you have chosen the right one. Caring for your sleeping bag is going to make it last a lot longer, so be sure to follow the specific instructions attached to your sleeping bag exactly.


There are lots of different kinds of bags—down, synthetic, treated down—and each of them may have very specific washing instructions. Washing a bag and drying it in a way that isn’t instructed may compromise the life and the integrity of your sleeping bag.


Proper storage is also important. As much as possible, you are going to want to store your sleeping bag in an uncompressed state. Sometimes sleeping bags come with a storage sack, which might be made of mesh and will be rather large. Stuff the sleeping bag in there and store it in a very dry area. The second kind of bag that may come with your sleeping bag is just a stuff sack. It may not have any compression straps on it, but it will be a lot smaller than the storage sack. This type of sack is something you may want to travel with, but you don’t want to store the sleeping bag in it for long periods of time. A third type of included sack may be a compression sack with straps, and while these are great when you are traveling or backpacking to cinch the bag down and save weight and pack space, you definitely don’t want to store your sleeping bag in a very compressed state for long periods of time.


Each sleeping bag will have specific washing instructions included on a tag. If you want to cut the tag off for comfort or visual reasons, definitely save it for reference, or just keep it attached to your bag. The tag doesn’t create a lot of extra weight. Above all, care for your sleeping bag and love your sleeping bag, and it will last a long time.