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I'm working with a remote community with a serious tsunami risk in the creating of a emergency evacuation seacan. We have ended up with 20 new sleeping bags (Coleman Palmetto Cool Weather Sleeping Bag). Any tips on how to store them to keep then preserved so when we open the seacan up in 10-20 years they haven't turned to dust or totally disintegrated? I'm planning on wrapping them in plastic and storing them in bins. Any advice is much appreciated.

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Vacuum seal them in large mylar bags? They have bags large enough to hold 50lbs of beans/rice... that should hold a sleeping bag no problem. Just need to suck all the air out...
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5 gallon Mylar bags Heat seal closed

http://www.discountmylarbags.com/5-gallon-mylar-bags/

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Uline 4 Mil Gusseted Poly Bags

https://www.uline.com/BL_161/Uline-4...ds=gusset+poly
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I store my sleeping bags unrolled and hanging as it helps to preserve the loft. Generally speaking the better the loft the warmer the bag. Over time and use the loft slowly compacts and clumps up, when that happens it's time for a new bag.

The other consideration is ultra violet light which deteriorates plastics and nylons. Bags with a poly or nylon shell should probably be stored out of direct sunlight (UV) to counter the possibility of them breaking down over time.

Hanging, covered in a closet is how I store my sleeping bags. What ever method you choose to use it is always wise to periodically check on them to see how they're holding up and replace any that have become damaged or deteriorating.
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I doubt a Coleman Palmetto Cool Weather Sleeping Bag is going to lose "loft".
As it doesn't have much to begin with. (not down filled).

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Palme.../dp/B01KHE4586
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I used to hang my nice bags on a heavy duty clothes hanger, hung in my closet like a suit, with a plastic trash bag over it to keep it clean. This worked for down bags, stuff able synthetic bags, and polarguard bags.
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I doubt a Coleman Palmetto Cool Weather Sleeping Bag is going to lose "loft".
As it doesn't have much to begin with. (not down filled).

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Palme.../dp/B01KHE4586
The problem with that style of bag is the fill shifts and cold spots develop. A properly baffled bag will resist shifting, which helps. Yet compression is the culprit when it comes to loosing loft. The fibers in the fill slowly start to lock together over time and use. What I don't know is whether or not they'll take a set if stored compressed over a long period of time.
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I store mine in heavy poly bags we get from the bottle recycling depot. Keeps bugs out, dust off, and they are big enough to hold things larger than a sleeping bag.
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A Retail $25 bag. No clue what the fill is as they don't say. https://www.coleman.com/palmetto-coo...RoC7gYQAvD_BwE

I'd just get a new metal garbage can (or 4) with a trash sack liner (contractor grade ones are tough) and stuff them inside, then duct tape the lid on. The cans and sacks will also be useful when the time comes. 55 gallon drums with lids could work too.
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Thank you all for the messages. I realize the quality of these sleeping bags are not ideal but since they have been given to the community as a gift (any they are new) and we are constraint by money, I figure we'll make do. I will look at storing them in an airtight container but with the least amount of compression possible. I have purchased wool blankets that will store more easily.
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Wool blankets can be stored sealed and compressed in a vacuum bag. Just make sure they're fresh and clean and you get a good seal on the bag.
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