How to choose and care for a sleeping bag
After each trip, air dry your bag for at least 24 hours before storing.
Never store your bag in its small stuff sack! The longer you compress the insulation, the more loft it loses. It’s fine to use a stuff sack-even a compression stuff sack-on while you are evacuating or moving away from a disaster area , but the minute you get home, or set up camp, get your sleeper out of that confined space, give it a good shake to fluff up the fill material, then store it in a cool, dry place. Spread it out under your bed, hang it in a closet, or put it in a big, breathable storage bag (often provided by the manufacturer). If you don’t have such a sack, use a king-size pillowcase. 1
Learn about storing sleeping bags in this video and how to choose one that is best for you.
Photo & illustration credits
1. Quote and adapted rom Kristin Hostetter’s article: How to Store and Clean a Sleeping Bag – Keep your sleeping bag up to fluff with proper care and handling, including storing, washing/drying, and special considertations http://www.backpacker.com/sleeping_bag_section_how_to_store_and_clean_a_sleeping_bag/gear/12131
2. Feature Photo of guy in sleeping bag by Halkyon Styn http://www.flickr.com/photos/halcyon/5343065815/sizes/m/in/photostream/