how long does an avarage sleeping bag last with an average use?
With average use, a sleeping bag can last 8 to 20 years before it loses its loft density and aesthetic. However, higher-end bags tend to last decades before they become unusable, or in some cases, an entire lifetime assuming seldom use and proper care.
but if I am being honest these $30 sleeping bags might only last you a handful of summers before the zipper becomes loose and the color fads.
Anyways how do you get the best out of a sleeping bag?
1. Start With a Quality Bag
The best way to future-proof your self is by buying a sleeping bag that is of high quality. A quality bag is not only more likely to last, but it is also often a better choice for keeping you warm.
Although a high-quality sleeping bag may be more expensive, keep in mind that if you take good care of it, you will not have to replace it as frequently and it will last you years
2. Side sleepers get a wider sleeping bag
A mummy sleeping bag can be a little restricting for side sleepers which is uncomforting and it decreases the lifetime of the sleeping bag
so have to chose a shape that is more loose and wide, which means mummy sleeping bags are not the ones you should go for it is either rectangular or spoon-shaped sleeping bag that fit side sleepers well
3. Get a sleeping bag liner
What causes sleeping bags to wear out? It’s mostly a matter of friction—the more contact you put on your sleeping bag from tossing and turning, the faster it will wear out. A liner is one way to compensate for this.
Liners are intended to be placed between you and your sleeping bag. As a result, any sweat, bug repellent, or other substances that may end up in your bed must pass through the liner before entering the bag. Furthermore, liners are much easier to clean than entire sleeping bags and can be replaced for much less money.
4. Don’t wash your sleeping bag often
One common mistake that new backpackers make is washing their sleeping bag too frequently instead of using other methods to keep it clean.
A liner is one way to keep your bag clean, but you should also be aware of your other options.
but instead of washing they whole sleeping bag try spot cleaning your bag, which is likely to be your most frequent need.
If you’re careful, you shouldn’t have to clean your sleeping bag very often. The more effort you put into keeping your bag clean from the beginning, the less likely it is that it will require repairs, down (or other filling) replacements, or deep cleaning.
5. Maintain Your Personal Hygiene
Dirt on the outside is one thing, but dirt and sweat on the inside of the bag can be far more bothersome. If too much dampness gets into your sleeping bag, it can leave it smelling very unpleasant – and getting that smell out can be a real pain (again, see our post here to see what you can do to clean a sleeping bag).
You can help to avoid this problem by washing your hands before going to bed. Shower if you can, or use wet wipes if you don’t have any other options. This practice, when combined with a liner, can really help to keep your sleeping bag in the best condition possible.
6. Be Careful Using The Zipper
One of the most easily damaged parts of a sleeping bag is the zipper. As a result, it’s worth slowing down whenever you use it. The few seconds it takes to move the zipper gently in any direction can save you a lot of trouble.
The last thing you want is your sleeping bag zipper to become stuck open while you’re out camping in the cold. Taking extra precautions can reduce the likelihood of this occurring.
I’ve been there and done that. The last thing you want to do when you’re cold or tired is fiddle with a zipper. However, if you rush, you risk ripping your fabric. The zipper on your sleeping bag is one of the most dangerous parts.
7. Avoid wet environments
If there’s one thing to remember about sleeping bag care, it’s that liquid is the enemy. Water getting into your sleeping bag can cause unpleasant odors and damage to the bag’s filling. As a result, it’s critical to keep your sleeping bag as dry as possible.
However, accidents do occur. Knowing how to dry your sleeping bag safely and efficiently is essential if you don’t want to have to replace it. Depending on the level of dampness, you may be able to hang your sleeping bag out in the sun to dry, or you may need to dry it on low heat in your dryer.
Aside from rain, sweat and your own breath are the most likely causes of a damp sleeping bag. A single night in a sleeping bag is unlikely to cause serious problems, but multiple nights on a single trip—all that moisture will accumulate.
8. Strong Chemicals deteriorate your sleeping bag
Some chemicals are harsh on your sleeping bag. This is especially true if you use a down-filled sleeping bag. As a result, you’ll want to be cautious about any chemicals you use on it.
9. Waterproof your sleeping bag
If you’re worried about your sleeping bag getting wet, something like Nikwax’s TX.Direct (Amazon) can be a good investment. This spray is applied to the outside of your sleeping bag and can even be used on down-filled sleeping bags.
This added protection will help to ensure that any water that does get on your bag slides off without causing a problem.
Because a hydrophobic spray is insufficient to create an impermeable barrier, you should be able to do this without affecting the sleeping bag’s breathability.