Keep Your Sleeping Bags And Mummy Bags Dry

It’s important to keep your mummy bags and sleeping bags dry when you are out in the woods. Despite claims that sleeping bags are “warm when wet”, nothing is more miserable than dealing with a sopping-wet sleeping bag. Beyond being just an annoyance, a wet sleeping bag can lead to hypothermia if not kept in check. By keeping just a few tips in mind, you’ll be assured of having a dry night’s sleep no matter what the conditions are like.

Eureka! Cimarron Mummy Sleeping Bags

Eureka! Cimarron Mummy Sleeping Bags

When camping, hiking or paddling streams, rivers and lakes, make sure your bag is always kept in a waterproof stuff sack. Stuff sacks that you get with your bag usually are only water-resistant and not waterproof. The easiest solution is to line your stuff sack with a plastic trash bag. Compactor bags work great for this, as they are both thicker and more durable than ordinary trash bags. You can usually find these at most larger grocery stores.

Put your compactor bag in the stuff sack, stuff your sleeping bag or mummy bag in, twist the top of the plastic bag and tuck to the side, then cinch the drawstrings of the stuff sack. With the compactor bag protected from punctures, you could throw your sleeping bag in a river and it won’t get wet. You can also buy waterproof stuff sacks from a number of manufacturers. Lightweight dry bags used for paddling work great.

Now that your sleeping bag is safe during the day, there are a few things you can do while in camp. Most important is to choose a campsite with good drainage. Areas with hard-packed soil turn your campsite into lake when it rains. A campsite with porous soil on a slight incline is ideal. Next, make sure to tuck your groundcloth completely under your tent, otherwise rain will fall off your rainfly, collect on top of your groundcloth, then puddle underneath you. Also, use all your guylines to spread the fly out. This cuts down on condensation that can eventually get on your bag. Last, keep all wet clothing and gear in the tent vestibule cut down on moisture inside the tent.

Dry sleeping bags and mummy bags aren’t just a matter of comfort-it’s a matter of safety. Keeping them dry takes only a few precautions and will make your outdoor experiences much more enjoyable.


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