With this article I will give you some useful tips on how to use the sleeping bag and how you could make it to last longer, if used intelligently and stored with care at all times you can use it even 10 years. If you don’t know how to choose go read the article “How to choose a sleeping bag/sleeping bag?”
As soon as you arrive at your destination you should open it as soon as possible, because it gives time to the fibers to swell and breathing. Obviously your sleeping bag should always be placed on a suitable surface such as a mattress. If you want to sleep without mattress I recommend you put a heavy plastic sheet underneath the lot to ensure that it does not get dirty and it does not get wet. If you don’t know how to choose the go to “How to choose a mattress”.
Compression dry bag is an important object to keep carefully trying not to wet it, many of them are not completely watertight. It is advisable to avoid getting wet, put the sleeping bag and all your gear for sleeping (pyjamas, pillow, bed sheet, etc.) in a sealed bag or in a watertight bag.
Before I left and put the lot in its cover let it air out for a few minutes outdoors to ensure that there are no unpleasant odors.
Use it in summer or winter
With high temperatures is better to sweat as little as possible inside the sleeping bag, so wear fewer clothes, but always use the underwear, for hygiene reasons, you can use a lot-sheet to protect it from sweat.
With colder weather as autumn, in winter or in the mountains, you should get technical clothes in sleeve and long legs, socks, gloves and Cap depending on the outdoor temperature and your perception of cold. If that wasn’t enough, wear a suit fleece sweater.
If you use the bag in a cold climate it is advisable to fit garments that are going the next day within the same to avoid thermal shock when they wear or the unpleasant sensation of coldness.
How to fold a sleeping bag?
The sleeping bag comes with its compression bag, in some cases the bag is a very light fabric, so be careful not to break it, if this were to happen, commercially sell standard size compression bags that you can buy to replace the broken one.
The bag containing the sleeping bag has been specially designed to ensure that takes up as little space as possible. When I remove the material that is there inside begins to expand, for storing your sleeping bag in case you need to compress this material.
Many fold in a precise manner, perhaps many times with the same fold, this damage, because in the area where there are folds the insulating material, the lining and shell will suffer greater stress and it will ruin before. To store it in the bag you should insert it in haphazardly, with calm and attention, but without any particular order (in bulk), this minimizes any areas undergoing increased stress.
To ensure that the insulating material inside retains its elasticity keep compressed as little as possible, it is advisable, ended the excursion or the season of use out of the bag, turn it upside down and let it take the air on the inside. If it had a bad smell, even after exposure to air, you can use specific odor anti products – sleeping bags (usually sold by the same manufacturer), whether for fabrics.
After aerating close all zippers, clean the areas with velcro and smollate all tie rods and rubber bands, after which or hang or fold, being careful not to bend it in the same way, stick it in a pillow case or container so that do not take dust.
How to wash a sleeping bag?
The sleeping bag should be washed, possibly as little as possible, because the washing will damage its internal structure. For this we recommend that you use a lot-sheet which should prevent become dirty, also the sheet sleeping bag is easy to wash. There are several type of lot-sheet if you take that synthetic fiber will be much easier to wash and dry it in different situations.
When you wash a sleeping bag you observe and follow the instruction provided by the manufacturer.
You need to wash it in the bathtub, by hand at a maximum temperature of 30° water, don’t dry clean it (unless manufacturer). If the bag is made of synthetic fibres you can use the washing machine (still following the manufacturer part number), using the wool programme and excluding the centrifuge, always use liquid detergent and do not use fabric softener, rinse thoroughly after washing to remove any remaining detergent.
Beware that wet sleeping bag weight increases considerably, and then make sure your washing machine can accommodate and support the load.
If you use a dryer or laundry in a home or you want to make the delivery at low temperature on an ongoing basis.
For those who had not hang dryer in orizzontarle in a warm place and dry without direct exposure to the Sun. So it dries evenly and you turn it over and shake it regains softness and consistency that periodically.
Before storage make sure it is completely dry, especially regarding those with down padding.
There are some accessories for the sleeping bags:
The waterproof outer shell overbag can be used is one that should be put on the sleeping bag, this prevents wet and increases its heat capacity.
The Vapour Barrier Liner or VBL is a mummy shaped liner that fits inside the sleeping bag that collects the water vapor produced by the body to absorb 100% capacity allowing to reduce our sweating and holding the bag dry. This lining is used in very cold climates.
The sleeping bag is not just an accessory for sleeping bags listed on Technology-wiki.com, though as mentioned above helps not to harm us. It is usually used by those attending the shelters, hostels and all those structures that do not provide sheets for the night.
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