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How To Choose The Best Sleeping Bag For Your Camping Holidays

Do you also have difficulties choosing your adventure gear, including the best sleeping bag? Indeed, there are many options available, and each item has particular characteristics.

In addition, you need to consider the price charged for the equipment. Is it worth investing a large amount? Most of the time, they are not cheap and are considered long-term investments.

So that you can make the right choice, we present below how to choose the best sleeping bag for your camping .

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Is sleeping bag necessary?

On many occasions, yes. On longer adventures, where it is necessary to stay overnight, the sleeping bag is essential for several reasons. It protects you from “external interference” (such as unstable terrain), maintains your body temperature, and provides comfort for a good night’s sleep.

In addition, it is an item that does not need to be assembled, it is light and easy to carry. When you arrive at your camping spot , just lay it out on the ground or inside the tent. This point is very important if you are going to hike with a backpack and other gear.

This means making the most of the experience of being in close contact with nature. After all, the next day’s adventure becomes more pleasurable if you manage to sleep well the night before.

How to choose the ideal equipment?

Trying to bring the best possibilities to adventurers, the sporting goods market has been using efficient technologies when making a sleeping bag. However, this diversity brings outdoor sports practitioners a great deal of difficulty when choosing the best equipment.

Before thinking about it, keep in mind the purpose of the sleeping bag. If you tend to do long trekking, lighter models will be better. If you plan to camp , but the car makes it to the site, weight won’t be an issue. So, understand what your “adventurous tendencies” are for buying the ideal equipment.

To make it easy, we’ve broken down the main points you need to consider when choosing a camping sleeping bag: dimensions, temperature, shape/model, padding, and zipper position.

Check the dimensions of the sleeping bag

Did you know that there are sleeping bags in sizes P, M and G? But there is also a one-size-fits-all sleeping bag.

If you are part of the group of the little ones, you have no reason to worry. It is possible that they all serve you well. For taller people, it is essential to check the dimensions of the product. There are narrower shapes at the bottom, which warm up the user better. But that can leave space tight for you.

In general, sleeping bags range from 1.90m to 2.30m in length, and from 0.70m to 0.80m in width. The Dreamlite 500 L bag, by Deuter , for example, is manufactured in 2 sizes, to serve users up to 1.85 m and 2.00 m.

Choose a sleeping bag you’ll be comfortable in!


Sleeping bags have three temperature ranges: comfort, limit and extreme.

To choose the right gear, you need to consider the climate and location of your camp, and understand how these ranges work. In a simplified way, see: –

  • Comfort temperature (EN 13537A Standard): range in which a woman sleeps without feeling cold.
  • Limit temperature: comfortable temperature range for men;
  • Extreme temperature: maximum bearable for survival;
  • When choosing your sleeping bag, check the label to see if it is designed for the comfort or limit temperature. Never consider the extreme range as a base.

With that in mind, check your destination’s weather forecast as well as the historic minimum temperature. Based on this information, you should opt for equipment that meets this minimum.

Take the Orbit 5 L sleeping bag from Deuter as an example , which has the following specifications:

  • Comfort temperature: 0degC;
  • Limit temperature: -5degC;
  • Extreme temperature: -23degC

Choose The Shape Of The Sleeping Bag

A good night’s sleep depends directly on the shape of the sleeping bag. There are three:

  • Sarcophagus: bag that fits better to the body, is narrower on the legs and wider on the shoulders. It has a thermal collar and a padded hood to prevent heat loss from the head. Because there is no space for air circulation inside the bag, it retains more heat and better protects against very low temperatures. It’s smaller, lighter and compact, making it great for use in smaller tents .
  • Rectangular: envelope-shaped bag, ideal for hot climate locations. Its internal space is large and ensures mobility. Even so, it is not as efficient in heating. While in the heat it can be used with the zipper completely open, in the cold it can also be used as a blanket. This type of sleeping bag even has exclusive models for couples.
  • Hybrid: combines characteristics of the sarcophagus at the top (thermal collar and hood) and the rectangular one at the bottom. It’s better for those who need more mobility at bedtime. Its thermal insulation is not as efficient as that of the sarcophagus, so it is not suitable for places with extreme cold.

Choose A Filling Material Considering The Weight And Thermal Insulation

The filling material is essential for thermal insulation, while defining the weight and volume of the sleeping bag. There are two types of filling most used: down and synthetic fiber.

Bird feathers have greater thermal capacity and are lighter. See other features:

  • It has a fill power rating. The bigger the fill power, the hotter and more compact it is. Prefer a sleeping bag above 600 fill power if you opt for feathers.
  • It has 30% greater compression capacity than a synthetic fiber bag, which makes it lighter and more compact.
  • Not recommended for damp places, as they take a long time to dry and lose efficiency.
  • Suitable for cold regions and for multi-day trails.
  • It’s a more expensive sleeping bag.
  • Synthetic fibers, on the other hand, have very different characteristics, the most prominent being their greater resistance to moisture. See others:
  • They are slightly heavier than feather sleeping bags and are less compact.
  • Because they are more resistant to moisture, bags dry quickly and do not lose as much efficiency.
  • It has more affordable value.
  • The third solution when choosing a sleeping bag is to opt for a mixed filling. There are brands that use fiber on the outside (protects from moisture) and feathers on the inside (retains heat).

Check Zipper Position

For adventurous couples, the zipper position is very important.

There are models of sleeping bag attachable through the zipper, forming a double sleeping bag. For this to be possible, the products must have a zipper on opposite sides (Left Zipper and Right Zipper). Stay tuned!

Dimensions, temperature, shape, filling material and zipper should all be considered when choosing the ideal sleeping bag. With the right equipment, we are sure that your camping will be extremely pleasant.

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