Top 12 Beginner Backpacking Blunders

Soaking Your Sleeping Bag


Here’s a surprising pro tip: Sleeping in a wet sleeping bag is the pits. Shocking insight, right? Still, this blunder seems to be a rite of passage for new backpackers. It’s hard to really drill the point home until you’ve actually been forced to climb inside a soggy sleeping bag. That’s when the wisdom really sinks in.

Develop an obsession for keeping your sleeping bag dry. At the first sign of rain, pack your sleeping bag in a waterproof container inside your backpack. Heavy-duty trash bags work great for this. Even if your backpack claims to be waterproof (few actually are), the extra protection is worth it for such a critical piece of gear.

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