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Camping has a string of perks that comes along with it, but it also requires a little sacrifice on your part. It takes you away from conveniences of modern living, and it keeps you away from technology for a while. However, that should not include depriving yourself of sleep and rejuvenation.
Without a good night’s sleep, it would be definitely hard to enjoy the thrills of your next day hiking.
As an adventurer, minding your food is a top priority unless you enjoy a trip to the latrine every half an hour. Make sure that you follow our tips inside to guarantee yourself an enjoyable and runny poo-free camping trip!
Duck and goose down provide the same level of insulation, and they both have the required structure that makes down a good insulator. Both kinds of down have the ability to retain their warmth and loft for several year if they are well taken care of. Here are a couple of aspects to consider when choosing:
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 following size recommendations:
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.
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.
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.
Properly storing your sleeping bag is an essential skill to make sure that your bag is always in tip top condition and that you get the most bang for your buck. Here are four simple steps to store your sleeping bag:
Take it out of the sleeping bag sack
Make sure that the bag is completely and thoroughly dry
Loosely put it inside a mesh sack or a breathable cotton 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.
Sleeping bag liners are one of the most undervalued gears in the camping world. It provides a string of benefits to both the camper and the sleeping bag:
Sleeping bag liners provide a layer of defense against grime, debris, small pebbles, and sand from settling within the insulation of the bag. Furthermore, they also absorb skin oils, sweat, and odor from the body before they reach the shell and surface of the sleeping bag. Therefore, using bag liners keep your sleeping bag cleaner for longer so you do not have to wash it as often. For this reason, it also helps maintain the quality and the loft of your bag.