As the weather turns warmer, people will begin planning their vacations. And for many of you, this means camping. Camping is a great way to spend time outdoors, with family, friends, or even on solo adventures. One of the most important pieces of gear you’ll need for making your trip enjoyable is a quality sleeping bag.
Getting a good night’s sleep and staying warm can make the difference between a pleasant experience or a nightmare, so choosing the right bag is something you should give serious consideration.
But with so many bags on the market, what is the best sleeping bag for you?
Read on to find out.
How to Choose the Best Sleeping Bag for Any Adventure
If you want to enjoy your camping adventure in ultimate comfort, it’s important to have the best sleeping bag possible. Here are some tips to help you choose.
Choosing a sleeping bag with a good temperature rating will keep you from freezing at night. Pay attention to the EN 13537 rating. This is the standardized rating system for bags made and sold in Europe and measures the upper and lower temperature comfort levels for normal customers.
Down vs Synthetic Fill
Part of choosing the kind of fill material for your bag boils down to personal taste. Down comes from a bird’s plumage, and is heavier and less compressible.
Synthetic sleeping bags are less bulky, but the synthetic fill packs down over time and won’t keep you as warm after a few years.
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The type cut you choose depends on your planned use. Rectangular bags are bigger and bulkier and not good for backpacking. Mummy bags are great for packing but aren’t as roomy or comfortable.
Don’t forget, the ground can be cold and wet. Your ground pad is an important piece of gear for protecting your sleeping bag from ground conditions, especially if your tent isn’t made from a good moisture-resistant material. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night in the wilderness to discover that your bag is wet because you didn’t pack along a pad.
Testing Your Bag
Before you lace up your boots and venture off into the woods, take a test run in your living room, the backyard, or even a nearby campground to test your sleeping bag. These little test runs help you get familiar with your bag and to know what to expect from it in more severe conditions. Make sure you have plenty of room and that your feet stay warm and that the bag stays dry.
A Good Sleeping Bag Makes All the Difference
We all know that Mother Nature doesn’t always have the same plans as we do. Cold, snowy, or rainy weather can make for a miserable experience if you haven’t brought along the proper gear.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the best sleeping bag for keeping you warm and dry, but spending a few extra dollars can be the difference between great memories and bad ones.
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