Sleeping Bag Needs / Questions

What are your sleeping bag needs? Here are some sleeping bag questions you can ask yourself to help decide what you’ll need. Answer each question and you should have a better idea of what you are looking for before purchasing your sleeping bag.

sleeping bag needs, questions and requirements

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  • 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 isn’t 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?







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