Sleeping Bag Needs / Questions
What are your sleeping bag needs? Here are some sleeping bag questions you can ask yourself to
help decide what youll need. Answer each question and you should have a
better idea of what you are looking for before purchasing your sleeping bag.
Photo by Tom Marvin
How will you be using it? Will you be backpacking or
hiking? Or do you just need a bag for a family camping trip?
What time of year will you be camping? Will you be doing
family summer camping, spring through fall excursions, or rough winter camping?
Consider your budget. How much do you want to spend? Can
you save money by getting a higher quality bag on
Where will you be using it? Will you be sleeping in a
tent? Out in the open? In a lodge or cabin? What areas will you be using the
sleeping bag? Will it be in wet areas, dry deserts, or mountains?
What comfort level do you want? If weight isnt a
consideration, do you prefer a roomier, softer, more comfortable bag? Are you
used to the cold night air or do you chill easily?
Is the weight and compatibility important? Will you be
carrying it for a long distance? Do you have limited space?
How long do you want it to last? Would you prefer to get
a cheaper one and replace it later? Or do you want a higher quality sleeping bag
that will last many years?
Is flexibility important? Do you need one bag to meet
all your needs, summer through winter?
How often do you intend to use it? Is this a once a year
camping trip? Or will you be using it very frequently?
Who will be using the bag? Man, woman, or child? What is
their body shape? Have you considered a double sleeping bag?
How much extra room do you like? Do you sleep still at
night or do you tend to toss and turn a lot?
After you have considered all these different sleeping bag needs then you
are ready to decide:
What shape do you need?
What kind of insulation
do you need?
What kind of shell
material do you need?