It is very important to protect your sleeping bag. With our tips, you can keep your sleeping bag in optimal conditions during many seasons camping.
During the camping trip:
Keep your sleeping bag clean and dry. Accumulated oils from the body, the sweat and dirt can be removed to your sleeping bag its insulating power. Tips:
- Sleep with clean clothes. Ideally, long underwear, socks and a hat. If it is hot, wear clean cotton clothes to sleep. That Yes, don’t mess in bed with the same clothes that you used in the excursion. You meterás the dirt in the sack with you, and it is very likely that you sleep cooler due to the accumulation of sweat.
- Avoid sleeping with the clothes that you have cooked and eaten (especially if you are in a country with bears).
- Consider using a travel. These liners weigh little and keep your bag clean. In addition, they add approximately 3 ° to 8 ° c of temperature to your sleeping bag. At the end of each trip, washing the liner and is ready for use again.
- Aerate the sleeping bag every day. Even if you have to wait until noon to do so, give turned inside out to dry the moisture. Don’t let the sack in the direct sun for a long time, since UV rays slowly degrade the fabric. But if your jacket is very wet, it may be necessary to ventilate it for several hours.
Tips for the sleeve of the SAC:
- Use a larger bag to make it easier to sack collection. You can still Pack every bag inside of your backpack.
- Covers compression saves space in your backpack; simply avoids the compression of the SAC during periods extended, since it will reduce the elasticity of the SAC.
- To save the bag easily, start first by the feet and the rack at least partially closed. Pushing the bag firmly toward the bottom of the cover and go keeping it little by little in a uniform manner. This also matches the sewing tension.
- Wet weather? It lines the nylon sheath with a plastic garbage bag and then save the sleeping bag in it. Or use a waterproof cover.
Between travel and travel:
Whenever you wash a sleeping bag, you submit it to wear and to diminish its elasticity slightly. It is advisable to clean stains out with a bit of detergent for clothes, a toothbrush and water before washing all the sack…
Focus on the hood and neck where the fat skin and hair tend to accumulate. By keeping tissue from the outside or separate from the insulation coating, you can wash and rinse the area without wet inside.
If your bag is losing elasticity, is obscured by dirt and basically is no longer habitable, then give a full wash without fail.
Many people prefer to have your wash bag professionally.
Tip: dry cleaning is not suitable for sleeping bags, especially those of down. Solvent used in dry cleaning can damage the natural oils of the marker to help you maintain the elasticity. Solvents are also very difficult to remove the synthetic insulation.
If you decide to wash the bag yourself, use a mild soap without detergent that is to wash garments with synthetic filling and down.
- Down: To down bags, the best is washing by hand in a tub. You filled the tub with warm water and add one of soaps featured above. Place the bag and gently apply SOAP, then let it penetrate for 15 minutes. Empty the tub and drain any excess water. Rinse off with cold water to remove the SOAP gently, let stand bag for 15 minutes and empty the water. Drain all water from the bag. Repeat rinsing until all the SOAP. It is also possible (according to some manufacturers) to machine wash a down bag, provided using a washing machine front load. Never use a machine with agitator because movement can damage insulation and Couture. Be sure to wash on a gentle cycle with cold water and one of the above soaps.
- Synthetics: Synthetic bags can be washed in the same way. Wash by hand in a tub, or use a large washer front loading without agitator. Use cold water and mild soap. It clarifies several times to make sure all the SOAP is removed. An additional spin cycle may be useful to eliminate excess water.
Air drying is the surest way to dry the bag but, obviously, the longest. If you use a dryer, use a very low temperature and slope of her estate. Dryers have different drying temperatures, so you should periodically check that the cover and insulation not is are overheating, because they could get to merge. Add a couple of tennis balls in the dryer when the bag is almost dry. This will help to release any caking insulation and recover elasticity.
The way in which stores your sleeping bag will affect your life. When you get home after a trip, first turn the sack by removing the inside out to make sure that it is dry. Then store it loosely in a wide cotton cover (sometimes this cover is included with the bag, although you can also get it separately).
Do not store your jacket compressed in its cover this will eventually damage the filling. Sealed storage bags are also a bad idea. Condensation can build up inside and lead to rust.
Other tips for sleeping bag
The restoration of DWR
The DWR (durable water repellent) finish original in the outer layer of a sleeping bag, with the time disappears. You can restore the water repellency and help keep the bag clean if you go back to applying this finish. There are several products available to restore the DWR to the fabric of your sleeping bag sleeping.
Loss of down
Many, but not all, goose down bags come with liners-proof marker”and very dense tissue that prevent the loss of down. If some feathers escaping through your bag, don’t worry too much. This is normal, especially in the seams. The sharp spikes of the feathers can look out, especially when the bag is new and pen has not yet settled. Strip the feathers gently inward; the holes should be minimal and close them again stretching the fabric.
For small holes or tears in the sleeping bag, a patch or a piece of nylon repair tape will serve until you get home.