What are some recommendations and lessons learned for cleaning and keeping a pack in good repair from season to season?
I am not delicate on gear and some of my packs get pretty gunked-up and mucky after a season. Zippers wear, holes develop, buckles break, pull tabs come apart. They get soaked in sweat, dust, mud, blood, and dog drool.
How do you wash your pack inside and out? Hose it off in the shower? Laundry mat in a big wash bag?
What do you do to keep the zippers in good working order? How do you repair on if it breaks?
How do you repair buckles or cams that are sewn?
How do you patch or repair worn areas or holes?