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TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE RIGHT SLEEPING BAG

Sleeping bags are one of the most important tools in camping. Getting the right sleeping bag is essential especially if the weather is cold at your campsite. Whether you’re buying a sleeping bag for the first time or you just want to upgrade it, there are some factors to consider.

Check out some tips to help you get the right sleeping bag.

THE TEMPERATURE RATING

A sleeping bag with a rating of 5 degrees Celsius, will only keep you warm if the mercury stays above the 5 degrees Celsius mark. However, there are a lot of things that you have to consider like your sleeping mat, the clothes you wear while in the bag, your shelter at night and more. Those factors will also affect how you feel when inside the sleeping bag.

LEVELS OF COMFORT RATING

The temperature rating is a guide on a sleeping bag that tells what shall be the minimum weather temperature to keep you warm. The European Standards has three levels of comfort rating in labelling sleeping bags. ‘Comfort’ is the standard night sleep for a woman that has a warmth level of comfortable sleep. ‘Limit of Comfort’ is the lowest standard temperature for men. ‘Extreme’ is for severe temperature with a risk of hypothermia. However, take note that sleeping bags aren’t enough to save you from hypothermia.

TYPE OF INSULATION – SYNTHETIC OR DOWN FILLED

Choosing the type of insulation depends on your budget and your camping style. Some synthetic insulation is cheaper, heavier but bulky. Synthetic sleeping bags are hypoallergenic, easy to maintain and have insulation property when wet. Down filled, on the other hand, is lighter, warmer and can last longer. It has no insulation when wet, is not hypoallergenic and it’s more difficult to maintain.

SHAPE OF SLEEPING BAG

Sleeping bags have different types of shapes. The common shapes are the mummy, tapered rectangular and rectangular. Each shape has advantages and disadvantages.

The mummy shaped has a wide shoulder that narrows down to the feet. It’s the most efficient shape, that needs only less air to warm, but it also has less room to move.

The tapered rectangular shape is almost the same as the mummy, but you have more space to wriggle. While a rectangular shape has more weight and size and the most common sleeping bag that you can see.

PROPER FITTING

Aside from a variety of shapes, sleeping bags also come with different sizes and lengths to cater every height. The fit of your sleeping bags entirely depends on your size. So it’s important to check the the sleeping bag size first before purchase.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Before spending your money, take a good look at the features of the sleeping bag. Check the zippers style, stitches, the materials used, temperature rating and washability, to mention a few features of importance.

Choosing the right sleeping bag is one way of increasing your relaxation through your whole stay while camping. Sleeping bags are easily one of the most important items you will need to enjoy your trip.


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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.