How To Attach A Sleeping Bag To Backpack

Knowing how to attach a sleeping back to backpack equipment is essential since chances are you are going to have your backpack strapped to your back for a majority of the time. Knowing how to properly attach it is going to save you not only a lot trouble, but will also help prevent any back injuries that can occur from a poorly packed backpack. Before getting started you will need to keep in mind that there are two basic ways to attach a backpack. These methods depend on the backpack you are using.


  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking or camping backpack
  • Backpack straps (optional)
  1. Distribute the weight evenly. When packing and attaching a sleeping bag to your backpack, it’s important to note the size and weight of both. Ideally, you want the majority of weight to be placed so that it’s towards the middle of your spine. This way you won’t be putting pressure on your upper or lower back. Another key thing to note is straps. You must make sure that your straps are strong, undamaged and locked in properly.

  2. Attach the backpack using attached straps. Lay the pack with the backside facing to the ground. Locate the designated sleeping bag area on the bottom of the pack. Place the bag in the area and move the straps into place under and over the bag. Secure the straps in place using the buckles provided on the pack.

  3. Attach the backpack using unattached straps. Lay the pack with the backside facing to the ground. Place the rolled up sleeping bag on the top of the pack. Guide the straps under and over the bag. Secure the straps around the bag then attach the straps securely to the backpack using buckles or a knot method.

  4.  Follow these rules and you will have no problems with your backpack and sleeping bag. Gorp, a well known outdoor and survivalist resource, suggests that if the backpack has compartments or dividers to use them as a way of removing strain on the bag and the backpacker.