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Stuff sacks vary from bag to bag, depending on the size and shape of the sleeping bag, as well as on the fill. Sleeping bags filled with down are more compressible than synthetic filled ones, and need lesser volume stuff sacks. You can use a regular dry sack for a down sleeping bag, except for winter weather sleeping bags where a more complex compression sack is needed to reduce volume that the sleeping bag takes up in your backpack. Here are the...
Compression sacks are one of the camping gears that could make your packing either a breeze or a challenge. These sacks compress and reduce the volume of your sleeping bag, so you could easily stuff it in your backpack without eating up too much space. They are the most preferred to compress large down-filled winter sleeping bags or bulky three-season sleeping bags. While a lot of compression sacks use extra straps to mechanically scrunch up a bulky sleeping bag, some...
Backpacks, no matter how they are advertised as super durable; the daily wear and tear would eventually take a toll on them. Regularly wiping them down with a non-abrasive cleaning cloth could minimize dirt accumulation, and add up to its longevity, but if your backpack starts to smell or appear really dirty, it’s time to give them a good old spin in the washer or wash them by hand. For machine washing, please take note that not all backpacks are...
Down soaps are cleaning agents specifically manufactured for items with down filling. These specially formulated cleaning chemicals will help to preserve and maintain the natural oils and fiber in the down while still getting your item clean and restoring the loft of your sleeping bag.
It is advisable to wash and clean your tent after a long backpacking trip, especially if it has been exposed to sand, dirt, tree saps, and/or bird droppings. However, if you only use it for short trips, it could go on with a cleaning once every season. Please keep in mind, though, to never machine-wash nor machine-dry your tent. A top-loader with an agitator can tear, stretch, and damage mesh, seams, and fabric. Using an industrial dryer could do more...
After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Dry in a front load industrial dryer at the Laundromat, since a lot of home dryers are too small for your sleeping bag. Make sure to dry the bag on the lowest heat setting available, while checking often to make sure the drum of the dryer is not getting too hot. If it gets too hot, the shell or...