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If you’re the ultimate outdoor person who loves camping, hiking or climbing, then you be well aware how important owning a sleeping bag is. And, to keep your bag in tiptop condition, it’s important to take good care of it, so as to ensure it not only meets its purpose, but lasts you for a long time. If you are looking for a good bag under $100, you may like our latest take on the most popular bags here
One of the easiest simplest ways of looking after your sleeping bag is by folding it carefully after your trip. Most people often just bundle the bag up, shove it the cupboard until next time. So, with that in mind, we’d like to take a moment to share with you our tips on how to fold a sleeping bag, it’s simple:
Thoroughly shake out the bag to makes sure no clothes have made their way to the bottom, or gadgets, such as a flashlight, has been left inside. Such things not only mess up the folding process, you might be wondering where you left them….
Step 1. Lay it flat on the ground/floor as though you are going to sleep in it.
Step 2. Zip it up. Zipping makes it easier for you to neatly keep all the edges together while folding it.
Step 3. Fold the bag into half – lengthwise. Then, line up the edges as closely as possible. This makes it easier to fold as the bag’s straps are usually located on the same side of the bag.
Step 4. Start rolling the bag from the end where there are no straps, so you are rolling towards the strap end ok. Always make sure you exert even pressure while doing this. You may even choose to kneel on it while rolling it up for added compression. This ensures that it takes minimal space plus its a whole lot easier to get in the stuff sack!
Finally. Secure the rolled up bag with the straps. This should be done while you’re still exerting pressure on it, by holding it down with your hands or knees. The last step involves wrapping the straps around it.
Dos and Don’t s :
Always fold the sleeping bag on a clean surface. To avoid the bag from having an odd shape, make sure its edges are well lined up. To ensure that it’s safe, find a duffel bag / stuff sack to store / carry it with. Never leave a wet bag folded for too long, as it may(will) grow mildew, smell terrible and be ruined.
These are the best lightweight sleeping bags currently on the market.
Many people are big fans of the TETON range of bags and we have to agree they offer great value and performance. The TETON Sports Trailhead is one of our faves
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