Taking care of your sleeping bag in the off-season is just as important as during the backpacking and camping season.
After each trip, follow these steps for keeping your sleeping bag in good condition for the next season:

1.Clean the sleeping bag using the washing directions for excessive dirt and oil build-up. If your bag is relatively clean, let the bag air dry on a clothesline for at least 24 hours in low humidity weather conditions before storage.

2.Make sure your sleeping bag is completely dry before storing it. This is the most effective way to prevent mold and mildew from forming on your sleeping bag.

3.For long term storage, keep your sleeping bag in an oversized breathable storage sack or on a clothes hanger. Do not store your sleeping bag in its compression sack. Tightly compressing your down/synthetic sleeping bag can damage the insulation and loft of the bag.

4.Store the sleeping bag in a cool, dry, and dark area — away from direct exposure to sunlight.