How to Clean Your Osprey Backpack


How to Clean Your Osprey Backpack


The outdoors can be messy! In this guide, we look at how to clean your Osprey backpack in four simple steps.

Step One: Preparation


The first step in the ‘How to clean your backpack’ process is preparation.

If the backpack has a removable harness and hipbelt, take them off the pack’s body. Remember there are concealed and detachable elements of your pack which may need their own clean and will definitely need drying later.


Step Two: Cleaning


Secondly, clean your pack and components in a bathtub or large sink using a mild soapy, warm water and a sponge or soft brush. There’s no science involved here. Treat your pack carefully, don’t use harsh chemicals and give it a scrub.


Step Three: Rinsing


Once you’re happy that your pack’s nicely cleaned, you should rinse the pack thoroughly. Make sure you remove all traces of soap in and outside of your pack.


Step Four: Drying


Finally, hang it out to dry outdoors or in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Your pack will both drip and air dry to finish up. Ventilation is the key here to prevent the pack from being damp for too long.


As a final note, it’s worth mentioning that you should not immerse travel packs with our High Road™ Wheeled Chassis. Instead, wipe the exterior of the chassis and scrub stains on the pack fabric using a bucket of warm water and mild detergent.

It’s as easy as that, now go and get that pack dirty again!




For additional care and proofing, Osprey recommends Nikwax®(Opens in a new window) products. A useful product to use is the Tech Wash(Opens in a new window). This is great for general upkeep and water repellency of your products. Use this with warm water following the above instructions for washing and cleaning your pack. Be sure to read label directions carefully before applying any product to your pack.

It’s great for your waterproof clothing too! Nikwax’s Tent & Gear SolarProof(Opens in a new window) is a great product to finish off with, as it helps to improve the pack’s UV and water resistance. Just spray it all over and leave it to dry.


Important Note

It’s important to note that we do NOT advise machine washing your pack. This can be harmful to the structure and fabric of the pack.