Q. Every single time I go camping, I have trouble rolling up my sleeping bag and can never get it back in the bag. Help!
– Frustrated Zack, Erie, Pa.
A. Tons of guys share this gripe. It does seem that sleeping-bag manufacturers often make their stuff sacks just a hair too small.
What you need is a compression sack. Basically it’s a nylon stuff sack with compression straps that let you smash down a sleeping bag (or other soft gear, like clothing) so it fits inside you pack. Pick a compression sack that’s large enough to easily slip your rolled-up bag (or stuff your down bag) inside. Then, simply cinch it down tight to make it compact.
You can find quality compression sacks online for about $20 to $40 (depending on size and features like waterproofness) at Scoutstuff.org and other retailers.