How to select a good sleeping bag

sleeping_bag1 Camping and hiking trips are not all about wandering in the wild and having an adventure. No matter where you are or what you do, you will need the basic comforts of life: food, shelter, clothing, and a fourth one that can be added is sleeping.

It’s a common fact that everyone needs to get a good night’s sleep. There are insomniacs who have to depend on pills and other remedies to try and sleep. Comfortable mattresses and pillows are fashioned to help people sleep better. Unfortunately, when you go camping you can’t lug your heavy mattress to the site.

Sleeping bags are then taken out; these alternatives to beds and mattresses are quite handy when staying out-of-doors. But they come in varied types and it’s vital that you choose the right one for your trip to be happy and pleasant one.

Sleeping bags need to be selected based on the weather and climate of your camping or hiking destination. Various types of sleeping bags are suitable for different kinds of weather.

Next you need to consider its weight and how compact it is. If you’ll be moving on foot, you can’t afford to carry a heavy bag. Then depending on your physique, you can determine the shape of sleeping bag that would be best for you.

Shape shifters

Three different types of shapes exist in sleeping bag designs: mummy, rectangular and semi-rectangular. Mummy bags are useful in places where it is colder as they are warm and have a hood for covering the head. You can select light bags that are not too bulky.

Rectangular bags are heavier but they also have more space inside for sleeping. Semi rectangular bags are spacious and also compact.


Fill materials for sleeping bags are of two kinds: down and synthetic. Down is warm, compact and light but is not resistant to water. Synthetic is cheap and provides insulation even when it becomes wet. However, it is heavy and bulky and hence difficult to carry around.

Therefore, consider your needs carefully regarding sleeping bags and then make the purchase.