Tips To Buy A Sleeping Bag

Cold or heat and sweat so much at night to the point of not being able to sleep doesn’t mean you didn’t buy a good sleeping bag.

But it could mean that you have bought the wrong sleeping bag. And this happens more often than you can imagine since there are hundreds of models of sleeping bags on the market.

If you are planning a camping trip during a harsh winter or in the mountains you’ll likely want to invest in a proper sleeping bag. The best thing to do is to choose a sleeping bag that supports 5 degrees more than the temperature of the place.For example, if the temperature of the place where you are going is-10°C take a sleeping bag of-15°C and so on. Some people also take in addition to this, other, lighter sleeping bag, for 3 seasons, when camping in extremely cold places.

In General, the sleeping bags for 3 seasons, namely spring, summer and autumn, support up to+10c. But remember that people don’t always feel equally at the same temperature, because while you’re freezing to+20 c your friend may feel cool.

When you go to buy a sleeping bag, a good tip is to always think of the worst weather conditions that you can try.Remember that it is more difficult to keep warm in a sleeping bag is not suitable for low temperatures than otherwise. You can always open the sleeping bag if you are feeling heat and cool off.

The Anatomy Of The Sleeping Bag

When you purchase a sleeping bag, there are several characteristics that must be checked. Start at the top:

Hood–most sleeping bags have a hood that serve to cover your head when it’s cold. Up to 50% of your body heat can be lost through your head, so a good hood can improve the efficiency of your sleeping bag. Between the sleeping bag, cover your head and pull the cord to tighten it up a bit. You can still breathe, turn, roll without choking? Perfect then. The hood should be a little more padded than the rest of the bag and when used, should still have room for your hat, if you are using a.

Heat–thermal collar collar is at the base of the hood. It is done to prevent you losing heat in the neck and shoulders.Rectangular sleeping bags made for the summer may not have thermal collar, but they are indispensable for those who go camping in the winter. The collar must be padded enough to fill the space between your neck and your shoulders, but not as bulky otherwise you will feel as if you were using a tube around the neck.

Box to the feet-feet Already occupy a certain space on the bottom of the bag, many of them are made with rectangular bases, shaped like boxes even to accommodate them better.In some special sleeping bags for intense winter, there is a larger space in order to accommodate boots or water bags.

Zipper and stitching – the zipper should have teeth big enough to run smoothly without grabbing the fabric. Pull the stitching to ensure they don’t separate. The seam should be firm and well close. Open the bag and take a look at your finish to determine your quality.

Pockets-some bags are equipped with pockets but they can become a delay instead of helping. Think about it, do you really want to roll over your glasses or keys during the night?If a Pocket as an accessory you looks appealing, put things in it and test your positions and your upholstery.

Warranty-ask about the warranty of the sleeping bag. What is covered and for how long? Many manufacturers offer repair of defective equipment for a nominal cost.

Size-sleeping bags come in various shapes and different sizes. Choose one that gives you the extra base and several centimetres at the top so that you can stretch, but no more than that.


The sleeping bags type sarcophagus, which are wider in the shoulders and narrower feet, are the most efficient for both sexes in terms of weight and heat. One of the advantages of this type of sleeping bag is for obey more the human form, the space inside is heated using the least amount of body heat. However, if you have a tendency to claustrophobia or are the type who likes to move too much inside your sleeping bag, the format sarcophagus can become very restrictive to you.

Rectangular bags have more room to move, but are not as efficient as regards the heating. By having the top wider they allow air to escape more easily.

Semi-retangulares sleeping bags are a good thing, have the feet narrower, but a little wider than the type sarcophagus, hood with good outline and additional space in the area of the torso which makes it very comfortable.

Using Two Sleeping Bags At The Same Time

A convenient trick is to use two bags, one inside the other, to become one. Manufacturers often use the same fly, and if the sleeping bags have zippers alike they may very well be used together. In situations where you are experiencing very cold, place the bag thicker on top, but remember that two sleeping bags together still provide less heat than an overprotective, because there is more space and movement that ends up releasing hot air. If you have a sleeping bag you are considering using in conjunction with your new purchase, don’t forget to take him to the store too to try them together.

And for some couples who like to be always together, manufacturers also thought them. Buying two sleeping bags, talk to the seller that you want the bag can unite next to each other. He will show you and verify that the flies are correctly placed a on the right side and the other on the left. Then attach them to make sure it will work.


There is a universal consensus when it is the best material for sleeping bag. They range from simple polyester/nylon to waterproof Gore-Tex.

The majority of sleeping bags available have your external part made of polyester or nylon micro fiber tend to be very mild, mild and somewhat resistant to water and wind.

The Ripstop is also a strong woven especially for being super tear-resistant. A small minority of sleeping bags are made from Gore-Tex or Dry-Loft. The Gore-Tex, as well as the Dry Loft, is a fabric that allows the passage of sweating out the sleeping bag as well as be more water resistant than most micro fibre fabrics.


Check how the filling is distributed all over the bag. Shake the bag to make sure the filling will continue in place. If the filling layers are insufficient they can “walk” by compromising your integrity and ability to let it warm and comfortable.

Synthetic sleeping bags tend to be heavier and bulky but retain a lot of your own heat even after being wet. It is recommended only if you are car camping.

However, if you want a sleeping bag is lighter and less bulky, the goose feather are the best option. In addition they can keep you warm enough even weighing less. But if you by chance your wet sleeping bag of goose feather is sure he will not dry up anytime soon.

Plastic fillings are available in various formats and brands.The technology behind them come becoming better every day causing become lighter, warm and resistant than ever.The sleeping bags are the most recommended that have filling Qualofil, Holofil, Lite Loft, Polaguard 3D, Extreme Thermolite and PrimaLoft Sport (previously 2 PrimaLoft).

Additional Tips

Wet Sleeping Bag

A simple way to keep your sleeping bag is dry put it inside a plastic bag of trash (and you can still take advantage of the garbage bag). If you have a sleeping bag of goose feather, always allow it to dry before putting it in the bag. If possible, open your sleeping bag outside the tent when you wake up and leave it there until you are sure that the moisture has dried completely. But beware of excess Sun. Then look for a place half in the shade or the store before the day warm up too.

Most sleeping bags come with DWR (durable water repellency coating) which is nothing more than a protective layer against water, so take a look at the manual of your sleeping bag to know how often you should apply it.

Food And Drink Also Affect Sleep

Remember to eat and drink before bed. The hotter the food, warmer you’ll get. If you go to sleep with the cold body will be more difficult to heat the sleeping bag. A quick walk through the camping or do some stretching (if stretch is one of them) can help increase your body’s warmth. If you’re the type of person who already feels cold sleeping at home, you will probably have the same difficulties when you are camping, so invest in a sleeping bag cold resistant.

Thermal Insulator

Always use a thermal insulator. It will help you keep the heat between you and the ground and provide a more comfortable bed.

Extra Clothes

Take with you a hat or CAP, gloves and a pair of warm socks, even to camps in the summer. They help a lot on cold nights.Don’t sleep with the clothes you walked all day, since they can be wet with sweat. Take comfortable clothes but beware of bulky parts that might prevent their movements inside the sleeping bag.

Where’s The Tent

Consider where you set up your tent or put your thermal insulator. Both the low and the high areas can become prone to cold winds. If possible choose a place that is protected from the wind.

Setting Up The Sleeping Bag

Shake and fluff up your sleeping bag several times before entering. This is super important for sleeping bags of goose feather that can take a while to load. Some manufacturers recommend putting sleeping bags (synthetic or goose) in a dryer because they will help inflate the bag and they will dry any residual moisture.

Do not store your sleeping bag rolled up inside the cover.Instead, stretch it or hang it in a cool and dry place. When you wrap the bag to travel do it gently and avoid leaving the bag wrapped in warm places.


Don’t throw away the instructions for basic care with the sleeping bag. Remember to read and follow them correctly.Since some fabrics and insulations differ from each other they may require different care. It is not recommended to wash the sleeping bags, unless in cases of extreme necessity, in these cases they can be washed with a mild detergent (you can buy special cleaning products for bags of goose feather) and dry clean recommended, but remember: only wash them in case of a dire need.