By: Blonde One

For most people this time of year means that the sleeping bags and self-inflating sleeping mats get put into storage for the winter. For us though our sleeping bags get used just as much as in the summer months.

It’s a common misconception that these items are alright to be stored in their compressed state in their small bags. This is not the case.

To maintain the ‘fluff’ quality of your sleeping bag you should store it inside the mesh bag that it might have been sold with instead of in its compression sac, or a large cotton bag will be just as good. I keep my two (winter and summer weight) bags at the top of my wardrobe. It needs to be somewhere dry obviously, so the shed probably won’t do!

Your self-inflating roll mat also needs to be stored open rather than rolled up. Under or behind the sofa can be perfect but mine are stored stood up at the side of the wardrobe. Check the label to find out if your mat is one that needs this kind of storage.