If you are a frequent traveler or love going on treks and sleeping outside in the depths of nature then you know how important it is to invest in a good quality sleeping bag.
A good sleeping bag is an investment, a purchase that makes your travel and trekking experience a lot smoother. Although, not everyone knows how to take care of a sleeping bag to make it last and make its cost worth.
Here are a few things you need to do to make sure your sleeping bag travels with you as much as yo do.
1- Always wash up before getting in your sleeping bag. When you are travelling, there are high chances that you are covered in dust or dirt. Find a stream, use bottle water(as last resort), or use wipes to clean yourself up. Make sure to clean your feet's thoroughly to avoid any blisters.
2- Try to wear a designated set of clothes to sleep in. It helps to keep the dirt away. You can also use liners to protect the sleeping bags and these can be washed thoroughly after every trip. The idea is to extend the life of your sleeping bags and keep the cloth and filling of it intact.
3- Even if you follow these instructions, the sleeping bag is bound to acquire a certain smell from the sweat of body odor. Read washing instructions carefully if you are washing it at home or simply get it dry cleaned from outside, once a year will do the trick for most.
If you follow the above mentioned instructions then your sleeping bag's life will be longer than usual (say twice in most cases). Keep in mind that it's as important to take care of your sleeping bag as you take care of other hiking/trekking gears.