Your sleeping bad should always be a nice, comfortable means of getting some much needed rest after a long, eventful day at the campground. Many people rob their sleeping bags of many years by treating them poorly. If you want to get the most out of your bag for as long as possible, try the following tips:
1 – Wear Clean Clothes to Bed
You should never get into a sleeping bad while still wearing the same dirty clothes you’ve been wearing all day. Campgrounds tend to get people dirtier and sweatier than they realize, and that can eat away at the insulating material inside your bag quite quickly. You should change into fresh clothes before you climb it, and even consider wearing something like a bandana, beanie, or knit cap over your hair to keep its oils from seeping into the material.
2 – Put A Pad Between the Bag And Ground
If you want to try sleeping under the stars, consider placing some sort of padding down first. Even if your sleeping bag was sold under the guise of being water and weather resistant, you’ll also need to make sure no stray rocks or sticks are able to puncture it.
3 – Treat Your Zippers Gently
A lot of people are impatient when zipping their sleeping bags, especially if they happen to have two zippers. Zippers of this kind can easily come apart and lead to a drooping bag. Make sure you treat the zipper carefully and zip it up slowly. You might also want to practice with it to make sure you can always maneuver it well, even in the dark.
4 – Air Out the Bag Indoors
You should always be sure to turn the bag inside out after use so that it can air out. Any moisture that was locked in will evaporate this way, keeping the material cleaner and stronger over time. You should be sure to keep the bag out of direct sunlight when not in use however. The UV rays will also break the integrity of the material down. If your bag gets muddy or wet due to rain, be sure to air it out for as many hours as you can before using it again, and wipe it down thoroughly first!
With all of these hints, you should be able to make sure that your sleeping bag stays with you for many years to come!