Choose correctly the sleeping bag can make all the difference for a good night’s sleep, whether you are camping in the summer or camping on a mountain during the winter.
We will guide you through all the important considerations and key resources to help you choose your sleeping bag.
The temperature rating is the most important factor to consider when choosing a sleeping bag. The assessment that you choose will depend on where you will be using your sleeping bag and what temperature you are comfortable to sleep. Sleeping bag for camping (see definition at digopaul.com) in your backyard this summer, for example, will have different needs from one to climb Everest.
Comfort temperature -temperature at which a person “normal”—that is, not very resistant to cold and not too cold–bear with tranquility.
Temperature Limit–the ambient temperature that a person a little more resistant to cold is capable of using the sleeping bag.
Extreme temperature–from this temperature range (band), a strong feeling of cold must be expected. There is risk of damage to health for hypothermia.
Rectangle–these are more spacious than sleeping bags mummy or sarcophagus-type and can be fully opened and used as a blanket. Rectangular sleeping bags are less effective in retaining heat than bags of sarcophagus and are more suitable for indoor use and camping during the summer.
Mummy or Sarcophagus-A sleeping bag Mummy that narrows towards the feet and is therefore more suitable than a bag of better heat retention. The hood of a mummy type sleeping bag also helps to keep the heat.
Some manufacturers put the word right (right) or left (left), this means that it is possible to engage and transform into a double sleeping bag.
At the time of purchase use based on the comfort temperature and never in extreme temperature, unfortunately manufacturers and even the sellers try to sell the sleeping bag based on that aspect.
The thermal insulation is very important to isolate you from the floor. Even if the sleeping bag is developed by NASA won’t prevent you losing heat to the floor.
Never sleep with your wet clothes, because heat loss is much higher than with dry clothes.
Approximately 30% of heat is lost through your head.Even if your sleeping bag has a hood, sleep with a beanie.
A balanced diet and a hot drink before bed will help warm up your body. Remember, the sleeping bag does not generate heat, he only retains the heat produced by the body.
If the body is dehydrated will not generate heat. So hydrate yourself all the time.
Let the sleeping bag open and just pinch, IE, just wrap and place inside the bag, on the day that you go camping.
If you really need to wash your sleeping bag, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually they orient to wash only with mild soap and let it dry in the shade, NEVER in the Sun.
Before sleep inside the bag, let it open inside the tent.That way the bag will be “inflated” and facilitate the retention of heat.
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