How To Attach A Sleeping Bag To A Backpack?

There are 4 simple actionable ways to attach sleeping bag to backpack which we will be discussing in this post.

Camping and hiking is really fun.

I personally enjoy camping too much. The feeling of watching the morning dew and seeing the sunshine, the first ray of the morning is one of the best feelings that I ever felt.

You can enjoy too much on the hiking in the day time but at night you must need a sleeping bag.

But, the problem comes when you need to attach sleeping bag to backpack.

You know, you can carry a lot of things with you if you attach a sleeping bag to a backpack, but the question “How to attach a sleeping bag to a backpack?”

Mike used to face the same problem.

And I told him that he just need to follow the tip number three which I discussed in this article.

And you won’t believe that it worked very well. So, do not forget to read tip number three.

As it can be a life-saving tip for you as well and believe me it will also work for you.

This is why I will tell you how you can do it in quick and simple steps. 

So, let get started.

Why Attach A Sleeping Bag To A Backpack?

First, you must understand whether you should attach a sleeping bag to a backpack or put it inside the backpack.

If you are going to put your sleeping bag outside the backpack then it will get wet and you would surely not enjoy sleeping in a wet and cold sleeping bag.

No worries, I will tell you how to keep dew off your sleeping bag, but before that let’s see what are the benefits of attaching a sleeping bag to a backpack.

The main reason why most of the hikers and campers attach their backpacks outside the backpack is to store some more essentials inside.

You may be familiar that the sleeping bag takes a lot of space in the backpack.

And, to avoid this you should attach a sleeping bag to your backpack.

This way, you would be able to save much space and store some more items in your backpack.

You know, when you wear a backpack then most of the weight is tolerated by your back.

So, attaching a sleeping bag to a backpack would help you to distribute the weight equally and properly.

A heavy load when focused on a part of the back can cause stains in your back but if it is evenly distributed then the chances of the backpack are reduced to an extent.

If you are an over-packer then attaching a sleeping bag to your backpack is a great idea.

How To Attach A Sleeping Bag To A Backpack?

So, you have understood why to attach sleeping bag to backpack.

Now let’s see how to attach a sleeping bag to a backpack.

There are four best ways to attach a sleeping pad to a backpack.

Believe me, these are too easy to follow.

Let’s discuss each of them one by one:

#1. Use Compression Buckles

COMPRESSION BUCKLES

Compression Buckles Belt is a good way to attach your sleeping bag with a backpack.

Most backpackers and hikers use compression buckles to attach a sleeping bag to the backpack.

Mainly, the compression buckles are for over-packers, to compress their backpack.

So that, the backpack doesn’t look like a heavy backpack and your packed items do not burst out.

You may have felt that carrying an over-packed backpack makes feel fatigued and may cause strain.

So, you should avoid this heavy load.

You can do it by carrying only those items which you need for your trip or hike.

So, if you are not an over-packer then you can use those compression buckles to attach a sleeping bag with a backpack. 

It is easy to attach a sleeping bag to a backpack using compression buckles.

You need to open the buckles, slide in your sleeping bag, and close the buckles. It’s that simple.

This method is quite beneficial as it will make your sleeping bag not swing while you hike and make sure the grip is tight so that it does not fall.

Also, most backpacks provide these compression buckles so almost everyone can use this method.

#2. Use Loops and Straps To Attach Sleeping Bag To Backpack 

Most of the backpacks provide loops but very few people use them.

These loops can be used to attach sleeping bags to the backpack.

The process is quite simple, you need some extra straps to attach a sleeping bag to a backpack.

And then you just need to slide the straps into loops and tighten them.

This will make holding straps that are attached to your backpack and now you can slide your backpack in the holding straps.

This is it, and now you can carry your bag with your backpack.

Yes, most backpacks provide loops but not every sleeping bag has straps.

So, in case your sleeping bag doesn’t have straps to attach the sleeping bag to the backpack then you can skip this method.

#3. Using Bungee Cords And Tie Points (External Support)

I have seen many people who prefer to use external frames instead of internal frames to attach the sleeping bag to the backpack.

This is because they believe that an external frame like the bungee cord helps them to maintain the structure of the backpack and also provides overall support.

This is a good method to use. In this method, we use the tie points at the bottom of the bag. 

Also, you may have seen straps near them (no one is sure for what purpose they are) but they can help a lot to attach a sleeping bag to a backpack.

These straps ensure the security of sleeping bags. Suppose, if the bag is simply hanging from a backpack then it is going to create an imbalance.

And also, it can cause neck and back pain to you.  So, now you how to tie a sleeping bag to a backpack.

The bungee cords are quite effective to use to attach the sleeping bag to the backpack and if you want to know what are these cords and how to use the bungee cord on the backpack then here is a detailed guide for you.

Now let’s look at the last way of attaching a sleeping bag to a backpack.

#4. Building Support For Attaching Sleeping Bag to Backpack

As mentioned earlier, not every sleeping bag has straps, so you can buy straps and use them.

So, in this case, you can use elastic ropes.

You will need at least four pieces of elastic rope and some buckles.

Now, you need to wrap the sleeping bag using the two pieces of elastic rope and make sure they are tightly wrapped.

Next, attach the other two pieces of the elastic rope with the loops on the backpack to the sleeping bag.

Bingo! 

You are done. You can now easily carry your sleeping bag with you.

So, now you have a good knowledge of how to attach a sleeping bag to the outside of a backpack.

But, you must also know how to pack a sleeping bag inside a backpack.

So, that you can get the maximum benefits with your backpack while carrying a sleeping bag.

In case, if you love to wear a sling bag then I have a great article on how to wear a sling bag.

How to pack Sleeping Bag Inside a backpack?

How to pack Sleeping Bag Inside a backpack

Most of the hikers prefer to attach sleeping bags to avoid space consumption by the bag inside the backpack.

This also helps them to pack more essential items.

But, not everyone is not same, and not everyone prefers attaching a sleeping bag outside the backpack.

So, if you want to know how you can pack a sleeping bag inside the backpack. 

Then, I am going to help you.

I will not count this as a fifth step for attaching a sleeping bag to a backpack.

You may be worried about what happens if your sleeping bag gets wet during your long hike if you attach it outside. 

So, in this case, if your backpack provides you internal frames then you can use them for sure. All you need to do is roll your sleeping bag and compress it as much as you can.

To make sure your backpack does not get wet, you can wrap it with a black garbage bag.

You know, some backpacks provide internal steps to compress the sleeping even further. This will help you have enough space for your essentials.

Some backpack has a separate compartment for the sleeping bags but few people use it to put on their shoes.

I will suggest you use the compartment only for the purpose it is made, that is to put a sleeping bag.

If you want to know how to measure a backpack and why backpacks are measured in liters only.

Then please read the article about how to measure a backpack.

And here we have completed all the ways about how to attach a sleeping bag to a backpack.

Now, let’s dive deep into the topic.

How To Tie Up Sleeping bag?

The first thing that I would like to share with you before you try to fold a sleeping bag is that do not try to tie up a sleeping bag if it comes with a stuff sack.

Most sleeping bags come with a storage bag, so are made to be stuffed not to roll or tie-up. So, you must check the user’s manual to make sure what you need to do.

  1. Now, if your sleeping bag is ready to tie up then you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:
  2. Put the Sleeping Bag on a flat surface and make sure the surface is dry.
  3. Zip-Up the bag and push any big/large pocket out through the head.
  4. Now, the next step is to fold the bag half lengthwise.
  5. Roll the sleeping bag.
  6. You should now sit on the bag with your knee to keep the sleeping bag tight.
  7. Use the straps to keep the bag rolled. (You can also get a new strap if your bag does not have it.)

Where to Tie Sleeping Bag on Backpack?

Where to Tie Sleeping Bag on Backpack

This is really a great question and I will love to answer this question. 

Most people are always confused about where they should tie the fishing rod when or sleeping bags when they are going fishing or camping.

So, my answer to them is that it depends on you and your preference. If you want to tie it on the top then you can tie it on the top and if you want to tie it at the bottom then you can do it.

But, my preference is that you should always carry it on the top of the backpack. There are three great reasons for it.

  1. First, if you tie your sleeping bag at the bottom, then wherever you put your backpack down after a few miles of walk, then it will come in contact with dust and dirt. 
  2. Also, the covers of the sleeping bags are made up of thin nylon so if the bag comes in contact with a hard surface then it can wear out quickly. This will also damage the sleeping bag.
  3. While walking, your backpack has to face the bushes and branches, so there is a great chance of damaging the sleeping bag.

So, I hope now you must have understood Where to Put a Sleeping Bag on your Backpack. You can keep your sleeping bag safe if you put it on the top of the backpack. 

How to Keep a Sleeping Bag Dry?

Now, you have made your mind to carry a sleeping bag outside the backpack. 

So, you must take care of your sleeping back to keep dew off your sleeping bag.

  1. The first thing that you can pick a sleeping bag that is water-resistant and can keep you warm.
  2. The next thing that you can do is to double-pack your sleeping bag. Almost all sleeping bags are sold with a carrying bag.
  3. But, sometimes a small opening remains even if you tightly pack it, due to which the water can get in. So, here in this case you should use a black garbage bag also.
  4. You can put the sleeping bag in the trash bag and then put them both in the carrying bag.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How To Attach A Sleeping Bag To The Outside Of a Backpack?

You can attach a sleeping bag to the outside of a backpack using the methods mentioned below.
Using Compression Buckles
Use Loops and Straps: To Attach Sleeping Bag To Backpack
Building Support For Attaching Sleeping Bag to Backpack
Using Tie Points (External Support)

How To Carry a Sleeping Bag on a Backpack?

You must always carry a sleeping bag, always at the top of the backpack. This will avoid the problem that you can have if you carry it at the bottom of the backpack.
Also, this will help you to protect your sleeping bag from being damaged.

How to Attach a Sleeping Bag to a Regular Backpack?

If you have a backpack that you love the most and prefer to use the most. Then you may want to know How to Attach a Sleeping Bag to a Regular Backpack. 
Well, if your backpack has loops and your sleeping bag has straps then you can use any of the methods mentioned above.
Otherwise, you can build your support.

Wrapping Up Everything About “Attaching A Sleeping Bag To Backpack”

Attaching a sleeping bag to a backpack is easy. You can use any method to attach your sleeping to your backpack.

Some backpack provides buckles and straps while some do not. So, in case your backpack does not have buckles then you can build your own support.

We have discussed more about it in point number #3.

Now you know what are the best ways and how to attach aa sleeping bag to a backpack.

And I hope that you enjoy reading this article.

If you found this article useful then please do comment with “Awesome”.

And I would love to know which way you are going to use to attach sleeping bag to backpack.

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