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Sleeping Bag Care & Storage


All Snugpak® sleeping bags are fully washable by hand or even by a washing machine. We provide all the instruction on the care label, which you can find sewn into one of the inner seams.

However, even the highest grade of insulation/filling will eventually lose some thermal efficiency and structure after repeated wash cycles, so we recommend that washing your sleeping bag should not be done often, especially when using a washing machine. Whenever possible, instead of a full wash, we recommend sponging both inner and outer fabrics with soap and water. Then dry and air your sleeping bag thoroughly before storing back in its compression sack.

If you are machine washing your sleeping bag make sure you read the following guidelines for best results.

  1. Zip up the sleeping bag and ensure any draw-cords are entirely in the machine and not trapped in the door before starting.
  2. Machine wash on a cool and gentle setting (never more than 30°C/86°F) in a front-loading domestic washing machine (we would advise against using a top loader as the agitator can damage the product).
  3. Avoid the use of liquid detergent and fabric softeners as this can leave a residue on the bag, a low or fragrance-free powder or Tech Wash is ideal.
Snugpak Top Tip

Using a loose liner, which can be washed separately as often as you like, to extend your sleeping bags life. Some of our sleeping bag liners will also add an extra layer of comfort and warmth to your bag.


We recommend you line dry your sleeping bag and we recommend you do not tumble dry.


Drying sleeping bags in a tumble drier could result in heat damage to the items. This can happen even when using a low-temperature setting if the sleeping bag is left in the dryer too long or doesn’t have enough space in which to tumble freely.


We use a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on all our sleeping bags, water repellency can be maintained with periodic re-treatment with suitable aftercare products such as Nikwax


Do not store the bag compressed for long periods between uses. While we sometimes roll sleeping bags at the factory for despatch, we would not advise emulating this without special machinery.

Check out our ‘How to pack a sleeping bag guide‘ for the best way to pack your sleeping bag.

Zip Care & Operation

View our ‘Zip Care & Operation‘ guide for full information.

Updated on September 10, 2019

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