How to Attach a Sleeping Bag to a Backpack

How to Attach a Sleeping Bag to a Backpack
Packing a backpack properly will help to evenly distribute your load and will make for a comfortable, secure trip. When it comes to storing your sleeping bag, this will depend largely upon the type of backpack you're using. Internal frame backpacks are designed to store the sleeping bag inside while those with external frames often require storage on the outside.

Instructions for an External Frame Backpack

Difficulty: Easy

What You’ll Need:
Step 1
Place the sleeping bag in its compression sack. Sleeping bags designed for backpacking should come with a compression sack that allows you to minimize the size of the sleeping bag.
Step 2
Tighten the compression bag by pulling the cords tight on each side. Compress it evenly on all sides.
Step 3
Place the sleeping bag in a dry bag or plastic cover. When storing the bag on the outside of your backpack, you'll want to protect it from moisture to keep it dry. Fully close and seal the bag.
Step 4
Fill the external frame backpack. Prior to attaching your sleeping bag, you want to load the rest of the gear inside. Bear in mind the basic strategy that lighter items go first, while heavier items should be at the mid-upper part. Heavy items should be stored against the back and centered in the pack.
Step 5
Attach the sleeping bag to the lower outside of an external frame pack. In order to properly balance your weight, you want to store the sleeping bag as close to your back as possible, so that it doesn't snag or affect your balance. To attach it, you'll need a pair of accessory straps that will wrap around and lash the sleeping bag to the frame or lash points of the backpack.
Step 6
Wrap the straps around the lash points, center the sleeping bag underneath the main backpack and place a strap a few inches from each end of the sleeping bag.
Step 7
Tighten down both straps so that the sleeping bag is secure on the pack. It should move with the pack and shouldn't jiggle around independently.


Packing a Sleeping Bag Inside a Backpack

If you have enough space in your backpack, opt to store your sleeping bag inside your backpack rather than attaching it to the outside with straps. Many internal frame and other large backpacks have a compartment specifically for storing a sleeping bag on the bottom. If yours doesn't have this kind of compartment but your pack is large enough to hold your sleeping bag, simply pack it in the bottom of your pack along with other soft items that you won't need prior to setting up camp. Keeping your sleeping bag inside the backpack will protect it from the elements, leaving you with a dry place to sleep. 

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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