Why You Need A Compression Sack for Your Sleeping Bag

30 years ago as a Boy Scout I was taught that you roll the sleeping bag into a tight bundle then secure it with straps that were normally attached at the foot end.

Old School Sleeping Bag with Tie Straps
Sure, I had 'stuff sacks' back then that the bag was supposed to fit into, but the way we did it was to patiently and meticulously roll our sleeping bags tightly so that once all rolled up they would fit into the bag.  Seemed the right way to me.

Well, that was a long time ago and almost all of the new colder weather sleeping bags are overstuffed with either down or synthetics that are very reasonably lightweight but super bulky.  That additional air space that's created is on purpose because the increased volume has a lot to do with keeping us warm when we're inside.

Teton does a nice job explaining how to stuff their sleeping begins into compression sacks and also emphasizes that we should not store the sleeping bag in the sack over an extended time.

The compression sack does a great job at taking what would otherwise be an extremely bulky carry out to the camping site and compacts it into a size smaller than a basketball.  And no worries about damaging your sleeping bag because they bounce right back into shape after you pull them out.

You can stow your bag away in about 1 minute so packing up in the morning is incredibly fast and simple.  And because your sleeping bag takes up so little room, you've got plenty of space left in your pack for all the other backpacking essentials.


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