- Unstuff your sleeping bag well before bedtime, letting it fully regain its loft and warmth.
- If it’s chilly out, place a chemical heat warmer or hot water bottle in your sleeping bag about an hour before bedtime to kickstart warmth.
- Eating a dinner high in fat on cold nights generates longer-lasting heat than a carb-heavy meal.
- Wearing a liner balaclava while you sleep provides head and neck coverage. Bonus: It doesn’t shift around or fall off when you toss and turn.
- Don’t breathe into your hood. The moisture will collect in the insulation and slowly compromise warmth, especially in down sleeping bags.
- In the morning, stuff your sleeping bag tail-first to prevent the footbox from ballooning. Turn the bag inside out if it has a wind-resistant shell.
- Invest in a compression stuff sack. This will reduce the size of your stuffed bag by a third or more.
- At home, never store your sleeping bag compressed in its stuff sack. Doing so will permanently crush the insulation and reduce the bag’s warmth.
This story originally appeared in the May/June issue of AMC Outdoors, alongside the column “Choosing the Right Three-Season Sleeping Bag.”
Equipped is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.