The Proper Way to Store a Sleeping Bag

If you’re like most of us, you don’t think about your sleeping bag until you’re about to use it. We tend to leave that critical gear stuffed into as small a package as humanly possible. Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to store a sleeping bag, as explained in this Gear Junkie article. Check it out.


Sleeping bags will last many years if treated right. But the insulation inside, be it down or synthetic, can be damaged if incorrectly stored. Keep your bag healthy and usable for the long term with these tips.

Stuff Sack
To keep the loft (and thus the warmth of the air-trapping fibers) a sleeping bag should be stored at home outside of its compression stuff sack. A stuff sack is for travel or backpacking purposes only; whenever your bag doesn’t have to be in it, let it breathe and unfurl.

When on a trip, soon after arriving at a campsite, un-stuff the bag and let its fibers loft inside the tent, ready for bed later that night… [continued]

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SOURCEGear Junkie
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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.


  1. I’ve looked online at REI trying to find a mesh
    Bag to store my sleeping bag but the one they
    Had got terrible reviews. Any suggestions?

    The Happy Camper