June 06, 2017
Are you feeling the itch to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather? If so, it’s time to stock up on camping equipment that will make those adventures into the wild safer and more comfortable.
If you plan on staying overnight, it’s important to find the best sleeping bag for the situation. This will typically mean finding a lightweight sleeping bag that is easy to fold up and carry, but you may also want to consider durability and the type of outdoor adventure you’re planning.
If you’re planning a road trip through an area with a warm climate, or you plan to unload your camping equipment right at your camping spot, a lightweight sleeping bag is likely all that you need in the summer months. These are some of the thinnest sleeping bags, but you should still pay attention to the temperature rating.
Most people will remain warm in their sleeping bag up to the temperature identified in the rating, but also take into consideration your typical body temperature at night. You know if you’re more cold or hot natured, so choose a temperature rating accordingly. It’s also important to determine the expected or average nighttime temperature at your camping destination rather than going off forecasts for your hometown.
To help you select the best sleeping bag for an outdoor adventure, consider our list of recommended lightweight sleeping bags:
If you’re not as concerned with weight as you are longevity, there are a few durable sleeping bags that we highly recommend:
Once you have a durable or lightweight sleeping bag on hand, you’re ready to scratch that itch for outdoor adventure. If the weatherman is calling for intense night heat, then you may also consider bringing a lightweight cooling pillow or gel pad. You can also buy eye masks that have cooling gel materials. While many people leave these items off their list of essential camping equipment, getting a good night of sleep is just as important when camping as it is back home.
For additional information on how to pack for a backpacking trip, we found a great resource here.