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A sleeping bag is a vast, thick bag for sleeping in, especially when you are outside, for example, in a tent.

Choosing a sleeping bag shape

Campers generally want bags that offer ample room to stretch out and roll over; the shape of so many camping bags is straightforwardly rectangular. Without putting oneself inside luggage, it might be challenging to determine whether you believe a bag has adequate room. It’s wise to visit an REI shop to “try on” various bags to determine which bag types are most comfortable for you. There are three fundamental shapes for sleeping bags:

Rectangular: These bags have lots of room for your arms and legs to spread out, and some have zippers that let you use them as comforters.

Semi rectangular: The term “modified mummy” or “barrel shape” also refers to several shapes that all strike a balance between warmth and space.

Mummy: This bag type has a snug fit. To reduce weight, you roll over with your bag rather than within it.

Double bags: The best option for couples who want to sleep together is a bag designed for two. Another choice is to select rectangular bags with zippers that can be snapped together; the bags must be the same brand and model. If one person picks a right-hand zip and the other a left-hand zip, several bags can also be zipped together.

Kid-size sleeping bags: They are shorter, smaller, and more affordable variations of adult sleeping bags.

Sleeping bag shells: To shield the insulation inside the body from moisture, the outside fabric, comprised of either resilient polyester or nylon, has a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment. You will find soft, toasty materials within the bag.

Sleeping bag hood: You will likely find hoods on bags with lower temperature ratings because a snug-fitting hood can make a bag significantly warmer.

Zipper features: A bag with many zipper sliders makes it simple to change ventilation. Additionally, some bags shield the zipper with a guard along its whole length to prevent snagging; other bags address the problem by covering the zipper itself.

Stash pocket: A few bags offer a handy zippered stash spot for things like a watch or lip balm.

Sleeping bag accessories

Stuff sack: When you pack a sleeping bag in your car, it will fit more compactly if it is in a stuff sack.

Storage sack: Leaving a bag permanently smooshed inside its stuff sack is hard on the insulation, so many bags also come with a large mesh or cotton storage sack for long-term storage.

Sleeping bag liner: Slipping a soft sleeping bag liner inside your bag helps keep it clean and adds extra warmth when needed. Camping in hot weather? Skip the sack and sleep in the liner.

How often should we wash our sleeping bags?

It’s time to wash your sleeping bag if it has become stained with dirt or, worse yet, lost its loft. Over time, body oils and dirt will accumulate and move into the fill (both down and synthetic), reducing the loft and warmth of your bag.

You may either send it to a specialized agency like Rainy Pass Repair or manually wash it in the bathtub, which can be very labor-intensive. Alternately, you might do it yourself at a laundromat using a commercial-size washer and dryer.

You do not have to wash your backpack after every trip; it’s a good idea to do it at least once a year. You might wish to wash your bag more frequently than once a year if you use it more regularly. Before storing your luggage for an extended period or at the end of the season, it is an excellent time to clean it. If the bag is packed in storage without being thoroughly washed, body oils and other greasy residues will remain on the textiles and fibers.

General cleaning tips:

Avoid dry cleaning: The harsh industrial solvents used in dry cleaning can remove the natural oils from clothes (the oils that help retain their loft).

Keep your bag cleaner at camp: If you take care of your sleeping bag when camping, it will last longer and remain cleaner. Use a bag liner, wear clean clothes when sleeping, and air your bag if it gets wet to prevent dirt buildup.

How to hand wash a sleeping bag?

  1. Fill your bathtub with cool or warm water.
  2. Add the appropriate cleaning solution for your down or synthetic bag; avoid using too much soap because it will be difficult to rinse.
  3. As you gently mix the soap into the load, place the bag in the water.
  4. The parts that are the dirtiest, the most, rub together. Could you give it up to an hour to soak?
  5. Sewer out the tub and press out any remaining water.
  6. After rinsing in a tub of cool or warm water and gently working the soap out, let the bag in the tub for 15 minutes before draining.
  7. To remove any residual water, press. Rinse many times to remove all of the soap.
  8. Squeeze as much water as you can with gentle pressure. Work for your hands under it to gather it all into a ball that you can carry to a dryer. (By doing so, you can prevent straining and pulling the seams.)
  9. If your home dryer is so tiny that the bag stays balled up after you place the bag inside, you’ll need to transport your wet load to the laundromat.
  10. If you have a synthetic bag, use low heat and allow it to dry for at least an hour; if you have a down bag, allow it to dry for several hours and add two or three clean tennis balls.
  11. If you decide against using a dryer, hang the bag up or put it flat in a clean place away from strong sunshine and high humidity. As your bag dries, it might be necessary to break up insulation clumps physically.

Spot Cleaning Your Bag

Before washing the whole bag, you should consider spot cleaning the internal lining where your bag’s head and foot portions are most likely to become soiled. The spot cleaning process is simple:

  1. Use a mild soap to the area you are cleaning (the same cleaner you would use to wash the entire bag).
  2. Brush the shell with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
  3. Rinse using a wet sponge.

Tip: To avoid getting the inner fill wet while washing and rinsing the outer shell, hold the fabric of the cover or liner away from the insulation. If the filling gets wet, give it plenty of time to dry before storing your bag.

How to dry your sleeping bag?

Compared to down-sleeping bags, synthetic sleeping bags will dry much more quickly. A synthetic bag should dry entirely in at least an hour, whereas a download will take several hours. To stay warm, insulation in lofts is essential. To produce tiny air pockets within the insulation, both down and synthetic fillings must fluff up (attic). These areas serve as heat-insulating cavities that keep you warm as you sleep.

Here are some points for drying a down or synthetic sleeping bag:

  • Use a commercial-size dryer: Due to their enormous capacities, commercial dryers can tumble fully lofted sleeping bags. 
  • Use a home dryer if a laundromat is not available.
  • Set the dryer on low heat: Delicate nylon materials can melt with high heat. To hasten the drying process, it is preferable to dry on low heat for a more extended period.
  • To assist the filled-in-down sleeping bags in returning to their original loft, add two to three tennis balls. To hasten the drying process, the aid of a ball in breaking up the clumps is essential. Tennis balls are optional but helpful for synthetic bags.
  • Run as many cycles as necessary to dry the bag thoroughly. Give it at least an hour to run, preferably longer.
  • Other drying methods: You may also let your bag air dry, though it will take longer, by lying it flat on a spotless surface in a dimly lit place with low humidity. Alternately, you might hang it up to dry; be sure to distribute the weight evenly to avoid overstretching the nylon fabric.
  • Extra drying: Lay your bag out or hang it overnight to ensure it is scorched before putting it in its storage bag.

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