How to cope with a wet sleeping bag
08 November 2008
Note: Many of these articles are very old, and although the technical information is still relevant the equipment mentioned may not be (for example a Stormy cooker was state of that art in 1995, but not in 2021).
If your bag does become wet far from home everything might not be lost. In most cases your bag only becomes damp, or one specific area wets out. Here are some tips on how to dry the bag.
A couple of times a year take your bag down to the launderette and stick it in a big tumble dryer on a medium setting (run it for a few minutes first to check it won’t melt the shell of the bag). This will help revitalize the down and shake it up. Always store your down bag in a large cotton or mesh bag (or big pillow slip) in a dry place like under your bed. Every few years it’s worth getting your bag cleaned by a professional dry cleaner (contact the bag manufacturer for their recommended cleaner). For long term use like a month-long trip, use a Pertex, silk or cotton liner to save your bag from getting too stinky. I don’t recommend home washing as this can lead to disaster as the delicate baffles of your bag can get damaged as they crash around within your washing machine.