It does not need to take much effort to prolong the life of your camping sleeping bags. With only a few simple guidelines you will have a sleeping bag that will last many years when you go camping. First thing to remember is always to keep your sleeping bag dry. A wet sleeping bag is worth next to nothing when it comes to keeping you warm. Should you be out of luck and should you get your camping sleeping bag wet it is very important that you dry the bags very well and let them hang to get aired thoroughly. Camping sleeping bags loose loft when they get wet. Loft is the measure which is used to measure the puffiness of the bag and with that comes the ability to keep you warm.
This also means trying not to wash your camping sleeping bags to often. For some this might seem impossible because you use it outside when camping but with a little effort I am sure you can manage not having your sleeping bag washed every time you have been out camping. In the end if you have to wash/clean your bag try out with a sponge and some mild soap first before using the washer. If you do wash your sleeping bag make sure you give it time to dry thoroughly and make sure it gets some fresh air. Some people might want to dry clean the sleeping bags but I can not recommend this.
I am sure you have your camping sleeping bags because you tend to use them with any wear and tear it might go through. With a small effort and a bit of thinking you can make sure your sleeping bag will last longer. When you are out camping it is almost impossible not to get your sleeping bag dirty. At night maybe even the night dew will make your clothes moist but if you have the possibility then try to look out for the bag and get rid of all the dirt and make sure no moist gets inside your camping sleeping bag because eventually that will ruin the sleeping bag liner and also reduce loft!
To make sure you are all clean and dry when you tug in at night in your sleeping bag I would recommend that you wear long under-wears and a long sleeved shirt to make sure that all the vapor/water that the body gets rid of during the night will not go directly into the sleeping bags liner and ruin that.
During camp fire watch out – To many people want to get cosy at night and bring their camping sleeping bags to the camp fire but it does not take much effort from the fire to catch on to a sleeping bag. Now a days most sleeping bags has to meet requirements to withstand some kind of flame resistance but to be honest I would not play around with this option.
The last thing which most people tend to forget is storing your camping sleeping bags the right way. When you get to camp or when you are finished camping and get home make sure to get your sleeping bag out and let it get some air. Do not as most people do stuff your camping sleeping bag in a tight container or bag. Leave it in a place where it has space to “breathe”. Leaving your sleeping bag compressed for a longer period will reduce loft. [youtube:IlCElPCP4cc;[link:Camping Sleeping Bags Caring];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlCElPCP4cc&feature=related]