I agree. I always (er, um, well, ALMOST always, it seems) pack not just
my sleeping bag inside plastic liners, I pack everything (clothes, etc.)
in plastic, even if I am "camping" in a hotel (force of habit from all
the "setting a good example" when camping with Scouts). I keep plastic
grocery bags in all my suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks, etc. for that
purpose. We use a fabric car-top carrier on the van, and I go to what
some might call extremes to keep things dry in it. Until the sleeping bag
incident, I had been 100% dry.
That's primarily why I want to add more water barriers by waterproofing
my stuff sacks. I'll still use the plastic bag liners (I doubt I'll
forget that again any time soon), I just want another layer of
redundancy, for those moments when the unexpected happens (translation:
when I do the unexpected!).
On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 11:57:00 -0000 "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@...
> Jonas, I think lining your sleeping bag's stuff sack with a plastic
> garbage bag is the best way to keep it dry... but like you pointed
> out, the sleeping bag has to actually be inside the plastic garbage
> bag. I won't worry so much about sealing the stuff sack, just be
> more careful when you stuff it.
> --- In email@example.com, jonas4321@j... wrote:
> > Well, the one stuff sack that I can afford to mess with (and toss
> if it
> > doesn't work) isn't waterproofed at all, so it will make a good
> > I'll mix some up this weekend and give it a rip. I'll post the
> > I agree that silnylon is pretty inexpensive (Thru-Hiker seems to
> have a
> > very inexpensive kit that will make several stuff sacks), it's
> > the two stuff sacks I am referring to are *just* the right size
> > use, I'd love to keep them and not make new ones if I can improve
> > "waterproofness". I use plastic bag liners in them now because
> > not waterproof.
> > This past April, when I pulled my sleeping bag from its stuff
> > discovered (to my horror) that the plastic bag was wadded up at
> > bottom (I must have lost all concentration when packing my gear).
> > Unfortunately, it was 45 degrees and pouring, and water had run
> down the
> > sides of my pack, which had a rain cover on it, and had soaked my
> > sleeping bag in this non-waterproof stuff sack. That night (in my
> > hammock), I did discover that my EMS bag with synthetic insulation
> > actually quite warm even when very wet, which was interesting.
> > fortunate!
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