How To Use And Roll A Sleeping Bag

How To Use And Roll A Sleeping Bag

Category Trekking Tips Gear Related Tips

By Swathi Chatrapathy


If you’re using a sleeping bag for the first time, it’s not the easiest thing to figure out. So here’s a tutorial on how to use a sleeping bag and also how to roll it.

On an Indiahikes trek, you are provided with custom-made high altitude sleeping bags as seen in this video. They are well-insulated and can stand temperatures up to -10 degrees. You will also be given a fleece / cotton liner that you will use from the first to the last day. This is for hygiene purposes.

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Below is a quick skim through the video.

How to use a sleeping bag

  • Lay it out on a mat.
  • Unlock the zipper flap and unzip it halfway.
  • Wear a pair of clean socks.
  • Put the liner in.
  • Slip into the bag.
  • Wriggle in and pull the bag up till your feet touch the bottom.
  • Lie down with the hood under your head.
  • Gently zip it up from the outside.
  • Seal the flap lock.
  • You can tighten the hood if required.

Rolling your Sleeping bag

  • Zip the bag and lock it.
  • Fold it to the length of the sleeping bag cover.
  • Remove excess air form the top.
  • Use your fingertips to roll it bottom up.
  • Push it into the cover.
  • Tighten the strings and make a loop.
  • Put the flap on and buckle it up!

A few useful tips

  • Always use a liner. It keeps your sleeping bag from getting dirty.
  • Don’t rely completely on the sleeping bag to keep you warm. Wear enough layers to feel comfortable.
  • Wear a pair of socks. It adds an extra layer of warmth.
  • If you still feel cold wear a balaclava and warm layers.
  • Place a mat underneath your sleeping bag. It acts as a layer of insulation in snow.
  • Don’t be rough with the zipper.

Swathi Chatrapathy

Chief Editor

About the author

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content.

Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.