When backpacking and camping it’s important to know how to keep a sleeping bag dry so you will have a comfortable night’s rest at the end of your journey. There is nothing worse than hiking through the rain only to find your bedding soggy and damp. Use these key steps for learning how to keep a sleeping bag dry.
When learning how to keep a sleeping bag dry, you will need:
- Sleeping bag
- A sleeping bag compression sack
- 2 trash bag
Instructions for learning how to keep a sleeping bag dry:
- Stuff your sleeping bag into a compression sack. Do not attempt to roll the sleeping bag first. This type of sack works best by stuffing the sleeping bag firmly into the sack. Once the sack is full, use the cords or synchs on the sides to make the bundle as compressed as possible. If you can find a waterproof compression sack, that would be ideal.
- Put stuffed sack into a trash bag and tie it tightly closed. This is the most important step when first learning how to keep a sleeping bag dry. Wrap the end of the trash bag around the bottom of the sack. The trash bag will provide an extra layer of insulation to keep moisture out of the sack.
- Line your backpack with a trash bag. This will provide a barrier to protect the entire contents of your pack, including food, clothes and other camping gear. If rain approaches and your pack is not lined, you can use a trash bag to cover the outside of the sack. This can provide adequate protection when first learning how to keep a sleeping bag dry.
- Put sleeping bag at the bottom of the backpack, and pack remaining gear. Once the backpack is full, tie the trash bag closed, synch your pack and enjoy the hike.