How to Get a Sleeping Bag Into a Compression Bag

How to Get a Sleeping Bag Into a Compression BagA sleeping bag can often be an inconvenient piece of gear to pack. However, a sleeping bag is an essential part of what you will pack for an overnight or even a month long expedition. Though not all sleeping bags are created equal, down is certainly more lightweight and compressible than synthetic materials. It is possible to create more space in your backpack by stuffing your sleeping bag into a compression bag. Most sleeping bags come with a compression sack but if not, you can purchase one at any gear shop. If you do have one, you can sometimes buy one even smaller.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Compression bag
Step 1
Loosen all straps and buckles on the compression sack before trying to fit the sleeping bag in there. The sleeping bag should be stuffed into the full volume of the compression sack and then it can be tightened later.
Step 2
Take hold of the end of your sleeping bag and bunch it up as you insert this into the bottom of the compression sack.
Step 3
Hold onto the side of the compression sack as you feed the rest of the sleeping bag into it, little by little, bunching it up as you go.
Step 4
Hold the sides of the sack and stuff the last bit of the sleeping bag into the cylinder-like sack. It will want to puff up out of the opening but hold it down as you cinch the draw cord of the opening shut.
Step 5
Get a good grip on the bag by holding it between your knees or placing pressure on it on the ground and one by one, pull the compression straps tight. Make your way around to each one and tighten the same amount and then tighten all of them again, and again until they cannot be tightened anymore.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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