How to Keep your Travel Backpack Clean and Tidy

How to Keep your Travel Backpack Clean and Tidy

To keep your bag looking its best and to prolong its life, you should clean your travel bag as often as possible.  

Before each trip, you should take your bag out of storage and inspect it to make certain it is ready for another adventure. Thoroughly inspect your travel backpack for any damage and see if repairs are needed before you leave. All travel backpack can bring back some unwanted bacteria, so it is good practice to give it a proper cleaning before and after each trip. 

Here are some tips on how to keep your travel backpack clean and tidy:

Most Angus backpacks have a permanent backpack liner.

A backpack liner is a great way to keep your backpack clean and free of dirt and bacteria. Some of our higher-end bags have zippered liners for easy cleaning. 

Clean your backpack after each trip or every few weeks of regular use. 

It is important to clean out your backpack regularly, especially if you are using it for travel. It is safe practice to wash your bag as soon as you return, and if it's left unused for several months, a quick clean before you leave will get rid of any musty odours. 

Store your backpack in a dry place

When you are not using your backpack, be sure to store it in a dry place. This will help prevent mold or mildew from forming on the backpack.

Inspect your backpack regularly

Inspect your backpack regularly for any signs of wear. If you notice any ripped seams or damaged zippers, be sure to repair or replace the damaged items.

Two ways to clean your backpack

It is easy to clean backpacks if you take some basic precautions. 

By following these tips, you can help to keep your travel backpack clean and tidy.

Heavy cleaning

If your bag is used for wilderness treks or travelling, they may have to have a more comprehensive cleaning process. Ideally, these cleanings are frequent to keep the bag clean and free of odour and bacteria. Completely disassemble your bag, remove all contents and loose items, and open all pockets. Fill a tub with warm water and liquid laundry soap and give the bag a good cleaning. Rinse with plenty of water. Hang to dry for several days before re-assembly.

Here are the steps on how you can wash your backpack:

  1. First, remove everything from your backpack, shoulder straps, and removable bottoms, and open all the pockets.
  2. Next, fill a tub or sink with cool water and add a mild detergent.
  3. Gently scrub the outside and inside of your backpack with a soft cloth.

You can use hospital-grade wipes (without bleach) to remove small stains during your travels. 

Hang dry your bag for several days before re-assembly

Do not use bleach products on the travel bags

How often should you Clean your Travel Backpack?

It is important to clean your backpack regularly, especially if you use it frequently. At a minimum, you should aim to clean your backpack before and after each trip. 

How to store your Travel Backpack?

When not in use, your backpack should be stored in a dry, cool place. If possible, store your backpack in a breathable bag or container to help prevent mold and mildew from forming. Inspect your backpack regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear, and repair or replace any worn or damaged items. Always make sure the backpack is completely dry before storing it away.