One of the most important items you can buy for camping is your sleeping bag. There is a wide variety of choices when you’re shopping so there are a few things you might like to keep in mind.
Fabric – You sleeping bag can be synthetic or down and some area combination of the two. Each type has advantages and disadvantages but a general rule is the synthetic will be for summer camping and down will be for winter camping. Most general campers choose synthetic because they will be sleeping inside a shelter, such as a tent or RV, it’s less expensive, and can take more abuse. Synthetic will dry more quickly and also is non-allergenic.
Weight – Synthetic vs. down is another consideration when you think about how much your sleeping bag will weigh you down at night. Older sleeping bags used to be quite heavy but today’s model is quite a bit lighter. You don’t want to wake up tired from wrestling a heavy sleeping bag all night. Choose a bag that is roomy enough to fit anyone that has a large or tall frame.
Temperature Rating – Each sleeping bag is rated for temperatures. They are tested as though a person was wearing one layer of long johns, is wearing a cap, and is sleeping on an insulated pad. This provided consistency in ratings. Most general campers will only need a summer season bag though upgrading to a 3-season bag which will keep you warm from early spring into the fall months when nights get chilly.
Another thing to consider is that sleeping bags get used for all kinds of things other than sleeping. They get laid on the ground for people to sit on, they cover your lap in front of the campfire, they get worn over your shoulders as you drink you coffee in the crisp morning air. Your sleeping bags will end being stuffed into corners and crammed into small spaces so choose a bag that will hold up to all of that.
We look forward to seeing you around the campground next year.