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Backpacks, no matter how they are advertised as super durable; the daily wear and tear would eventually take a toll on them. Regularly wiping them down with a non-abrasive cleaning cloth could minimize dirt accumulation, and add up to its longevity, but if your backpack starts to smell or appear really dirty, it’s time to give them a good old spin in the washer or wash them by hand. For machine washing, please take note that not all backpacks are...
Down soaps are cleaning agents specifically manufactured for items with down filling. These specially formulated cleaning chemicals will help to preserve and maintain the natural oils and fiber in the down while still getting your item clean and restoring the loft of your sleeping bag.
Properly storing your sleeping bag is an essential skill to make sure that your bag is always in tip top condition and that you get the most bang for your buck. Here are four simple steps to store your sleeping bag: Take it out of the sleeping bag sack Make sure that the bag is completely and thoroughly dry Loosely put it inside a mesh sack or a breathable cotton bag Store it in a place that’s cool and dry....
It is advisable to wash and clean your tent after a long backpacking trip, especially if it has been exposed to sand, dirt, tree saps, and/or bird droppings. However, if you only use it for short trips, it could go on with a cleaning once every season. Please keep in mind, though, to never machine-wash nor machine-dry your tent. A top-loader with an agitator can tear, stretch, and damage mesh, seams, and fabric. Using an industrial dryer could do more...
Rolling up a sleeping bag could pose a tough challenge, especially to newbie backpackers. However, with lots of practice, once could roll up a sleeping bag as easy as rolling up a sushi. First, lay the sleeping bag flat on the ground or on the floor. Flatten your bag as much as you can by running your hands down the length of the bag to break down any clumps and ensure a tight roll. Next, fold your sleeping bag lengthwise....
Sleeping bag liners are one of the most undervalued gears in the camping world. It provides a string of benefits to both the camper and the sleeping bag: Sleeping bag liners provide a layer of defense against grime, debris, small pebbles, and sand from settling within the insulation of the bag. Furthermore, they also absorb skin oils, sweat, and odor from the body before they reach the shell and surface of the sleeping bag. Therefore, using bag liners keep your...