Camping is one outdoor activity that people take pleasure in, especially the thrill of sleeping under the open skies at night. Camping sleeping bags are very important items during camping. Be it a backpacker, family, or a base camper (also known as a car camper), every person wants to travel light during camping. Those opting for family or base camping also factor in comfort in their plans. Therefore, the sleeping bag one needs depends on the kind of camping one is undertaking. There are various types of camping sleeping bags. The most common types are rectangular, mummy, and tapered sleeping bags.
One of the most often used types of camping sleeping bags is the rectangular shaped bag which is also the widest kind. These sleeping bags can be zipped or unzipped completely creating a blanket effect and when two are zipped together, they are large enough for two campers. Rectangular camping sleeping bags are also usually lightweight and roll up nicely leaving room left for other camping stuff. And if you have claustrophobia, you may prefer this type because of the ample room it provides.
The smallest kinds of camping sleeping bags available are referred to as mummy sleeping bags. Narrowly designed to fit snug from the top to the bottom, this type of sleeping bag sometimes features a hood that allows you to completely wrap yourself in the bag much like a mummy. Some types of mummy sleeping bags can be rolled up conveniently while others will have to be folded. This particular style of camping sleeping bags also tends to retain the most heat.
Another style that is similar to the mummy style of camping sleeping bags are known as tapered sleeping bags, which are slightly wider in size but they are also easy to roll up and transport. Tapered sleeping bags also retain heat well as they stay close to the body.
There are a few different factors you will want to keep in mind when it comes time to shop for your camping sleeping bags. Before buying one particular type or another you will first want to consider the temperature or weather conditions you will be camping in. Obviously camping sleeping bags intended for use during the warmer months will be made of lighter materials than those meant for use during the winter or in a colder climate. Don’t forget to check the sleeping bag’s temperature rating listed on the label before deciding to buy.
Another factor to consider is the portability of the bag. Are you going to carry it in a backpack, or are you carrying it by caravan or car? If you are using a rucksack, the sleeping bag you use should be compact enough to fit into the sack without taking in much space. The fill material of the sleeping bag is also important. Camping sleeping bags with down fill are the warmest but the most expensive and easily absorbs water, thus taking long to dry. Those with synthetic fill, on the other hand, are cheaper, dry faster if wet, but are not as warm as down fill camping bags.
Other factors to consider include the zipper type, the type and number of people going camping, and hood designs. Whatever the camping trip, there is a camping sleeping bag for everyone.
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