Storing Sleeping Bags

Sleeping BagsOne of the nice things about living in the Ozarks, is having all four seasons at our disposal. But having distinct seasons also means that you probably need two different sleeping bags. As we transition from summer to fall, you will probably find a growing need to bust out your big, cold weather sleeping bag.

But what are you going to do with your summer sleeping bag? If your answer is throw it in a corner and forget about it until next year, you should probably reconsider.

If you don’t store your sleeping bag properly, you might find yourself needing to replace it much sooner than you originally anticipated. Sleeping bags are very importance pieces of equipment, and they can often be expensive. You don’t want to discover that you put more mileage on your bag storing it than using it. So here’s some advice for properly storing your sleeping bags.

If you store your sleeping bag while it’s caked in grime, it will begin to cultivate a funk. Said funk is brought about by bacteria. While you might want to avoid throwing your sleeping bag in the washing machine, you can’t just store your bag while it’s filthy. If you spot wash your bag regularly, you can delay the need to do a full wash. Investing in a liner is another good way to limit the amount of washing your sleeping bag needs. It’s also a good idea to let your bag air out after you use it.

If you must wash your sleeping bag, hand wash it in a tub, or use a washing machine without an agitator (aka that spiraly thing in the middle of some top-loading washing machines). Those agitators can damage the insulation, or the bag itself. The best way to dry a sleeping bag after washing it is by letting it air dry.

Of course, you want to store your bag in a cool, dry, clean place. No caves or saunas. You can hang your sleeping bag in the closet, hang it in the garage, or lay it out under your bed, just never store you sleeping bag in a compression sack. This is true for synthetic sleeping bags as well as down bags. If you don’t have a place to hang or lay out your sleeping bag, a large storage sack can suffice, just make sure the sack is large enough so that it doesn’t compress the insulation.

If you have any questions about storing your sleeping bag, stop by the store and pick our brains a bit!

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