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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...
Yes, wearing long underwear and clothes keeps you warmer inside a sleeping bag. Your clothes are another layer of insulation that keeps your natural heat close to your boy and prevents it from escaping. However, there are some instances that wearing clothes inside your sleeping bag will not keep you warmer. Here are some: When you wear too many layers of clothes or if you fill your bag with other stuff that you compress the insulation in the baffles of...
Contrary to popular belief, down is not made from fowl feathers, but rather from duck plumage. It is the soft, fluffy, and lofty stuff under the feathers. Down is found beneath this protective covering – usually on the belly of a bird - and is light and fluffy.  It provides the insulation birds need to keep themselves warm.  Instead of quills, a cluster of down has a round center called a plumule. Soft, fluffy, and airy, it has thousands of...
After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Dry in a front load industrial dryer at the Laundromat, since a lot of home dryers are too small for your sleeping bag. Make sure to dry the bag on the lowest heat setting available, while checking often to make sure the drum of the dryer is not getting too hot. If it gets too hot, the shell or...