Sleeping bags – What are your options?

Camping…..Sleeping bags

sleeping bags

I think I would be the first to admit I know nothing when it comes to camping. I tend to leave all that to Mark who spends hours researching and looking up different items. One of the things that confuse me are sleeping bags. It isn’t until you are in the market to buy one does it occur to you how many different types there are. Luckily Mark kind of knew which to get. We were also given Arthur’s (pretty amazing if I say so myself!) SnuggleSac sleeping bag to review (keep an eye out for it!). Here’s a guide to the basics of choosing a Sleeping bag.

Seasons

Some (not all) sleeping bags are identified by seasons. Now me would think logically and just put spring/summer/winter/autumn but no. The companies use numbers to identify the seasons. So 1 season – ideal for the height of summer (July/August)

2 season – Ideal for spring/summer (May/August)

3 season  – Ideal for Spring/Summer/Autumn (March/April to October)

4 season – All year round

And some companies even use 5 seasons! These are apparently more for your extreme weathers so if you were climbing Everest etc you would use one of these. I have told Mark that this sounds like my ideal sleeping bag.

Some sleeping bags also have a temperature rating too so it is worth checking for that. You wouldn’t want to be sleeping in a sleeping bag which would be suitable for colder weathers as you would overheat. But then if you are like me and can sleep wrapped up in a king in the height of summer you would want a bag your comfortable in.

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GSM

GSM means Grams per Square Metre and refers to the thickness of the filling used. The larger the number the denser the sleeping bag (would be warmer)

Filling

I think it is fair to say that most sleeping bags (especially your cheaper varieties) would be made using synthetic filling. You can however buy sleeping bags which are filled using Down (The fine smaller feathers under the main feathers of ducks and geese.

Each filling has their own pluses for example

Down

 -Retains the heat well

-Lasts longer (if looked after)

– more compact

Synthetics

-Cheaper

-Easier to clean (you can just bung in a washing machine)

-Remains quite warm even when wet.

10 Comments

  1. May 13, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Such a perfectly timed post. We are off into town today to buy my daughter a sleeping bag, and I wouldn’t have had a clue what to look for. Thank you.

  2. Jasmin N
    May 13, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Oh, this is a very good guide for choosing the right sleeping bag! We’re not much of campers and my husband has never spent a night in the tent (which is kind of weird, because when I was little I used to do it all the time) so I’m sure that my kiddo won’t become that city kid who’s never spent a night in tent haha 😀

  3. May 13, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I look forward to camping with my 2 when they are older(youngest is 3 months). I did not know that about the seasons!

  4. May 13, 2017 / 10:25 am

    I hadn’t realised there were so many options so this has been useful. I would have just bought the first one I saw!

  5. May 13, 2017 / 11:13 am

    My other half loves fishing so I’ve spent many a night freezing! I’m all over 4 seasons, summer nights are so cold so it’s nice to snuggle up and be cosy. Great informative post 🙂

  6. May 13, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    These look fab for sleep overs and I never knew there were so many options!
    I am sure we will be picking one up as my girl gets older. They look so cozy!
    http://www.onesliceoflemon.com

  7. Lindsey London Mumma
    May 14, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    This is such a great and informative post, especially as we are off camping in a few months and did not realise that there are different types of sleeping bags.

  8. May 14, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Good tips! We had to buy a couple of sleeping bags for a residential trip, opted for mummy type ones as they looked snuggly 🙂

  9. June 27, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    I love camping, though I haven’t camped since I was a kid. I need to take my kids. Every summer comes around and I say, this summer I’m taking them camping. Then something always happens and we end up not camping. I need to make this a goal this year.

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