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How to Optimally Store a Sleeping Pad (Simple Steps!)

How to Optimally Store a Sleeping Pad

Sleeping bags are a great way to stay comfortable while you’re camping. They offer your body a little more support, keep you off the ground, and give your sleeping bag more padding.

Key Takeaways
● The sleeping pad should be stored in a cool, dry place
● Keep it away from direct sunlight
● Don’t fold it up when it’s wet
● Use a sleeping pad storage sack to protect it
● Don’t use sharp objects around the sleeping pad

But how are you supposed to store them?

The important thing is that you keep your sleeping pad clean before you store it, and you should avoid folding it along the same crease lines regardless of the type of pad you’re using to keep it comfortable and strong. You can hang it in the closet at home and in your pack on the trail.

In this guide, we take you through everything you need to know about storing and cleaning your sleeping pad so that you remain as comfortable as possible.

The Best Way to Store a Sleeping Pad

The Best Way to Store a Sleeping Pad

The optimal way to store a sleeping pad DEPENDS on where you are. At home and on the trail, there are different rules, so the storage methods will also change.

How to Store a Sleeping Pad on the Trail

The optimal way to store an air pad on the trail is to keep it LOOSELY rolled it in your pack (or stuff sack). This will keep it from getting dirty and will also help preserve its lifespan.[1]

Some people place it on top of their back or hang it UNDERNEATH, but when you do this, you run the risk of it getting caught or ripped by tree branches.

This is especially true if you tie it under your pack, as every time you DROP the bag, you risk causing major damage to it when it gets caught by stones and other debris.

Since it is made from open-cell foam, it is quite delicate and requires proper storage. It’s a lot like an air mattress in that it is COMFORTABLE yet DELICATE.

Pro Tip: It’s a good idea to use a sleeping pad storage sack to keep it protected on the trail.

How to Store a Sleeping Pad at Home

At home, you can OPTIMALLY store your sleeping pad by HANGING it in a closet or on a hook. This will keep it from getting dusty and will also help prevent any sharp objects from puncturing it.

You can also FOLD it and store it in a drawer, but this is not the best way to do it, as it will eventually cause the sleeping pad to become less comfortable. Keep the pad flat as much as possible.

If you do fold it, make sure you DON’T fold it along the same crease lines, as this will cause it to become uncomfortable and also makes the pad weaker, risking damage.

Self-inflating air pads should be stored half-inflated with the pad valves open, as this is good for their durability and longevity because it HELPS air circulation when it becomes a fully-inflated pad.

How to Clean a Sleeping Pad

How to Clean a Sleeping Pad

The best way to clean a sleeping pad is with a damp cloth and some mild soap. You can also use a brush to get any dirt or debris OUT of the crevices of the foam pad. Rinse it well and let it dry completely before you store it.

While cleaning your sleeping pad can be left until you get home, there are two substances that need QUICK action if you don’t want to end up with nasty stains.

How to Clean Insect Repellent from a Sleeping Pad

If you get insect repellent on your sleeping pad, it’s important to treat it QUICKLY so that it doesn’t cause any permanent damage. The best way to do this is to use a solution of one part dish soap and four parts water.

Rub the solution into the sleeping pad with a damp cloth and then rinse it well. You may need to repeat this process SEVERAL times to get all of the repellents out.

How to Clean Pine Sap from a Sleeping Pad

Pine sap is another substance that can be DIFFICULT to remove from a sleeping pad if it’s not treated quickly. The best way to do this is to use a solution of one part rubbing alcohol and four parts water.

Pro Tip: Dab the solution onto the sleeping pad with a cloth and then RINSE it well. You may need to repeat this process several times to get all of the sap out.

Additional Tips

  • Store your sleeping pad in a cool, dry place to prevent mildew and mold.
  • Check for any holes or punctures before you store them.
  • If you’re planning on storing it for a long period of time, consider using a sleeping pad storage bag to keep it clean and protected.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do You Put a Sleeping Pad on a Pack?

The best place to put a sleeping pad on a pack is inside. If you have no room, you should store it on top to avoid any potential damage when you inevitably drop your bag.

Can You Store a Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad Rolled Up?

Yes, you can store a self-inflating sleeping pad rolled up, but it’s not the best way to do it. It’s better to store it half-inflated with the valve open so that air can circulate and the sleeping pad doesn’t become damaged.

To Conclude

To Conclude

When you’re not using your sleeping pad, it’s important to STORE it in a way that will protect it and keep it in good condition. The best way to do this is by hanging it in a closet or on a hook, but you can also fold it and store it in a drawer.

Self-inflating sleeping pads should be stored half-inflated with the valve OPEN to help with air circulation. If you need to clean your sleeping pad, the best way to do it is with a damp cloth and some mild soap.

We hope you found this guide helpful and that it’s been able to help you prepare your pack and keep your sleeping pad in the best possible condition.

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Lisa Hayden-Matthews

Lisa Hayden-Matthews

An avid Skier, bike rider, triathlon enthusiast, amateurish beach volleyball player and nature lover who has never lost a dare! I manage the overall Editorial section for the magazine here and occasionally chip in with my own nature photographs, when required.

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