Most every camper uses sleeping bags in one way or another whether they are in a tent, an RV, or a cabin. They are often used for more than sleeping and they take a lot of wear and tear so we offer some tips on choosing the best sleeping bags for your particular needs.
Weight – You can get sleeping bags that are heavy weight, light weight, or combine a light bag with a warm liner. Depending on when you usually go camping, the weight of the sleeping bag will be an important factor in your choice. If you’re camping in Spring or Fall, the nights will be chilly and you’ll need the extra warmth a heavy weight sleeping bag can provide. If it’s in July, you’ll probably just use it as a pad to lay on and cover with a cool sheet. Your best bet might be to carry a light weight sleeping bag along with a warm liner so you have more options as the weather changes.
Components – Sleeping bags can be made with goose down, or synthetic materials. These need to be laundered and stored differently. A down filled sleeping bag should not be packed tightly into a stuff sack while that is fine for synthetic bags. You should make sure both types are completely dry before packing them away when you get home.
Durability – You may find yourself using your sleeping bag for many things other than sleeping. You can spread it on the lawn for sitting, use it for cover as you sit around the campfire, and it can double as a pillow if you get unexpected company. Sleeping bags often get crammed into spaces, trunks, and corners so they should be tear and stain resistant and able to take the wear and tear.
We hope you have a wonderful time during your next camping trip and we hope you’ll stay with us. Bring those sleeping bags and enjoy your time under the stars. It’s just plain good for you.