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Sliding off camping pad

Hi, my sleeping bag keeps sliding off the thermarest pad and I wanted to know if there is anything i can do to create more friction between the pad and the sleeping bag. I read somewhere that puting dots of sealent on the botoom of the pad stops it from sliding on the floor. Would this also help with the sleeping bag sliding?

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Try putting the thermarest into a pillow case. They fit just about perfectly. Then it won't be slippery anymore.

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You could use a silicone sealer to maker beads on it..that would do it, IF you get good adhesion on the pad.. Use clear, then when it dries it'll match your pad. Let it dry completely before you use it. K

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What material are sleeping bags made from?


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fill er up nice and full with air, at home, run a bath about 6 inches deep.
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http://cascadedesigns.com/Therm-A-Rest/FAQ


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