I store my sleeping bag stuffed loosely in a large pack. I do not store it packed tight in its carry bag. There’s a good reason why.

I’ve just been camping in Waikawau DOC Park. After this camping trip, I air dried my bag for a few days before storing.

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I never store my bag in its small stuff sack. The longer I compress the insulation, the more loft it loses. It’s fine to use a stuff sack-even a compression stuff sack-on while I am evacuating or moving away from a disaster area , but the minute I get home, or set up camp, I get my 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.

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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.

References & Photo Credits

Quote and adapted from 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: Sleeping Dock by Kingsley Watts www.flickr.com/photos/redrex/46461333/

3. These Days by Natalie Martin at .flickr.com/photos/nathmart/14608272269/

4. At Days End by Vern, www.flickr.com/photos/taspicsvns/12083056735/

5. Good Morning by Roman Königshofer www.flickr.com/photos/rawmeyn/9696879727